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State Rep.“Ted” James set to be guest speaker at Founders' Day Convocation


State Representative and Southern University graduate Edward “Ted” James will be the Founder’s Day Convocation ceremony speaker set for March 7 in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The convocation, marking Southern’s 133 years as an institution of higher learning, begins at 10:30 a.m.

James earned an accounting degree from Southern University and later got his juris doctorate from the Southern University Law Center.

During his undergrad years, through his law school days and today, James has worked in the community devoting his time to children and the less fortunate.

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he joined the office of Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and dedicated himself to the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana.

After the Blanco Administration, he served as a staff attorney with the Louisiana House of Representatives where he drafted legislation that revamped workforce development and training and strengthened Louisiana’s unemployment and workman’s compensation laws.

In 2009, he became Special Counsel to the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue where he was charged with developing the legislative strategy for the Department.

In November of 2011 James won election to Baton Rouge’s District 61 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In addition to his professional public service, he works with various community based organizations and mentor students in several of East Baton Rouge’s public schools. He is an active member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.