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LOUISIANA STATE SENATOR PAULETTE IRONS became the second female State Senator in Louisiana in November 1994.

Her passion for community empowerment has translated into cooperation with local schools, businesses, organizations, and hospitals to provide numerous outreaches and programs. She has introduced and helped pass legislation in the interest of families and children, neighborhoods, education, and economic development.

In the Senate, Senator Irons serves as Vice Chair of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee,  a member of the Joint Capital Outlay Committee, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, the Education, and the Judiciary C Committees. She is also an at-large member of the Bond Commission.  Sen. Irons was recently re-elected  president of the Louisiana Women's Caucus and President of the Louisiana Initiative for Teen Pregnancy. She is a member of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, as well as numerous local and national organizations, including National Order of Black Elected Legislators, National Foundation for Women Legislators, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Independent Women's Organization, League of Women Voters, and  Women For a Better Louisiana.

Senator Irons is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, born in Central City of New Orleans, and a proud product of the local public school system. Senator Irons graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School with honors, in spite of her struggle as a teen mother during her senior year.

She later went on to receive her bachelor's of Business Administration from Loyola University, and her Juris Doctorate in Public Interest Law from Tulane University Law School. In addition to representing the interests of countless indigent criminal and civil defendants, Senator Irons's experience has extended into consulting and management. She now has her own practice, Paulette Irons Law Firm, since 1992.

Senator Paulette Irons has earned the confidence of constituents and colleagues alike as a diligent legislator with deep spiritual conviction. In her first year as a Senator in 1995, she received the Alliance for Good Government's Legislator of the Year award. Yet when she is not lobbying in the Senate chambers for her constituents, or standing with a defendant in court, Senator Irons is attending her son's football games or playing with her grandsons, Daniel and Drew. Senator Irons is the wife of Alvin Irons, and the mother of Marseah and Paul.


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