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Senator John T. "Tom" Schedler - District 11

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Senator Tom Schedler is currently serving his third term in the Louisiana State Senate representing the 11th Senatorial District, which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. He is currently serving on the following Senate Committees:

Health and Welfare
Judiciary C
Retirement
Local and municipal Affairs
Legislative Audit Advisory Council, Chairman
La. Commission on Mental Health, Chairman
Children's Cabinet (Governor's Committee)
Senate Select Committee for Oversight of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission

He previously was Chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and a member of the Senate Finance, Judiciary A, Transportation, Joint Budget and Labor and Industrial Relations Committees and is also serving a second four year term as a member of the Republican State Central Committee and has been elected by his peers in the Senate to serve as Chairman of the Republican Delegation. He additionally, serves on the State Republican PAC Committee and was a delegate to the 2000 Republican National Convention as a George W. Bush delegate.

Senator Schedler has also been appointed to and serves, as a representative of the Louisiana Senate, on the health committee of the Southern Legislative Conference and the Forum for State Health Policies, through the National Legislative Conference, the Board of Trustees of Reforming State Group Steering Committee funded by The Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, NY. He was recently honored and named the co-chairman of the Health Committee for year 2004, from the National Conference of State Legislators which is the largest national group of state legislators in the country. In 1997, he was appointed, by the Louisiana Supreme Court, to serve on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to study mediation in our legal system. He was the only non-attorney on the committee. Governor Mike Foster appointed him to sit on the State's Task Force on Drug Testing in 1997 and in 1999 also appointed him to represent Louisiana as a Commissioner on the Southern Rapid Rail Commission, comprised of members from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. He previously served on the Energy Deregulation, La. Tax System Study Committee and the Area Health Education Council (AHEC) for region IX.

Senator Schedler co-authored with now U.S. Congressman David Vitter the repeal of the state inheritance tax in Louisiana and has authored and co-authored numerous tort reform, ethics, and health care measures during his state legislative career. He has attempted to call a State Tax Constitutional Convention both in 1997 and 2000 to address the entire tax code in Louisiana and was also the lead author of legislation that generated approximately $1 billion of new Medicaid funds for the elderly and disabled, all of which was placed in trust. Additionally, he authored and passed the Preferred Drug Bill, after thirteen years of legislative attempts, that is estimated to save the State Medicaid program $60 to $100 million per year. In 2003 he passed the first major reform bill dealing with the Louisiana's unique Charity Hospital System when he amended a 1926 law from the Huey Long era that most critics thought could never be done. He has been highly touted by his fellow members of the Senate as a very effective and influential speaker at the podium, and had been recognized as a key floor leader, by his peers over the last four - five years.

Senator Schedler's other governmental experience consisted of serving as a Slidell City Councilman from July 1990 to January 1996, having been elected President and Vice-President of that body during his terms of office. He additionally was the 1995 President of the St. Tammany Municipal Association and also served as Chairman of the Slidell Board of Zoning and Adjustment from 1984-1990. In 1994 he, as a member of the Slidell City Council, received the Bravo award, for his efforts in the area of the arts.

In 2003 he was named the Legislator of the Year by the Black Bag Medical Society for his work in health care policy and workforce issues and also by the Louisiana Dietetic Association. He received the Business Champion Award for his work in Economic Development from the New Orleans Regional Chamber and was cited for his efforts in tourism from the Tangipahoa Parish Tourist Commission.

In 2002 he was named Legislator of the Year by the Rural Hospital Coalition and the La. School Counselor Association and received the Business Champion Award from the New Orleans Regional Chamber. He was also named the Outstanding Senator of the Year by the Rural Health Association and was honored by the La. Municipal Association for his work on behalf of La. Cities in the 2002 Session.

In 2001, he received the Franklin Smith Award from the Association for Retarded Citizens of Louisiana, (ARC) for his work with children with mental disabilities and he and his wife were honored by the Northshore Families Helping Families for their efforts in St. Tammany Parish. He additionally received the prestigious Aging in America/Better Life Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association. He was also honored by the Louisiana Hospital Association and received three business champion awards from the New Orleans Regional Chamber for his work in the areas of economic development, state budget reform, and health care during the 2001 legislative session.

During 2000, he was named Legislator of the Year by The Alliance for Good Government, the President's Committee on Mental Retardation, the Louisiana Hospital Association, and the Louisiana Association for Mental Health.

In 1999, he was twice named Legislator of the Month by the Louisiana Municipal Association and received the Outstanding Legislator Award from the Victims and Citizens Against Crime. He was named Legislator of the year by both the Louisiana Hospital Association and the Metro Hospital Council of New Orleans. He also received the prestigious Fred Henderson Memorial Award from the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness.

Previous years recognition was from the Louisiana Hospice Organization in 1999, and in 1997 he received the Monte' M. Lemann Award, presented by the Louisiana Civil Service League and the Friend of Physical Therapist Award, and the Mertis A. Fulton Community Award for his work in the undeserved populations housing crisis, all of which were the highest honors given by the groups. The Louisiana Motor Transportation Association and the Association for Mental Illness has repeatedly recognized him for numerous bills he has authored and supported on their behalf. He has additionally received numerous awards and recognition for his efforts in the areas of tourism, economic development, and education. Senator Schedler has been actively involved in numerous other community organizations and Senate sub-committees, during his career, that are too numerous to mention.

Senator Schedler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating from De LaSalle High School in 1967, prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly USL) in May 1971. In 1999, he was honored by his high school as one of De LaSalle High School's 125 outstanding graduates over the school's first fifty years. In 1991, he graduated from the Leadership Louisiana program sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana,, and in that same year he was named Slidell's Citizen of the year and was also honored as the Slidell Employer of the Year, and he and his family were nominated for the Slidell Family of the Year Award.

Professionally , he is a licensed Real Estate Broker, a member of the board of a regional National Bank, and has interests in several other businesses. He previously held the position as Director of a hospital Health Foundation and was the director of Managed Care Services and Business Development from November 1990 to March 1996 at a St. Tammany Parish hospital. Prior to that, he was President /CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of a local Savings Bank from 1984 to 1990. He is the past President of the Rotary Club of Slidell and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Currently he is a honorary member of the Rotary Club of the Northshore. He is a past Board Member of the Slidell Chamber of Commerce and Slidell Lions Club. He actively supports the Slidell Boys and Girls Club, the St. Tammany Association for retarded Citizens (STARC), a Hospice program, and has also served twice as the Chairman of the St. Tammany United Way.

He is married to the former Stephanie Gele', of Lafayette, Louisiana, for thirty-two years, who administers Hospice Programs in Louisiana and Mississippi. They have three daughters, ages 29 (married), 24, and 17. He and his family are Roman Catholic and are members of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Slidell, Louisiana.

 


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