“There's not a more important ingredient to quality education and improved educational outcomes than having a highly motivated and professional dedicated teacher in every classroom. And, you jeopardize that when you go years without giving these pay raises, and when pay in Louisiana is not competitive with pay in other states.”
“A bad school letter grade is much more likely to indicate the level of poverty than the quality of teaching. A recent study of sixteen states that use school letter grades stated what we have always known: they are invalid and misinform parents.”
Born and raised in Amite, Louisiana, John Bel Edwards graduated from public high school as valedictorian. He is a 1988 Dean’s List graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. After eight years of active duty with the US Army as an Airborne Ranger, culminating with command of a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Edwards began his political career as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2008, where he served as Minority Leader from 2008 to 2015. He assumed office as Governor of Louisiana in 2016. Read more
In his first term as governor, John Bel inherited the largest budget deficit in the state’s history. After years of hard work, he and a bipartisan group of legislators worked together to stabilize Louisiana’s budget for the first time in a decade. In addition, his tenure as governor has been marked by securing the largest economic development project in the state’s history, providing health care to the working poor, and working to make Louisiana’s economy the largest its ever been.
With a father who was the elected Sheriff of Tangipahoa Parish – the Edwards family has four generations of Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs in their family lineage with John Bel’s brother Daniel currently serving as Sheriff – John Bel learned the importance of public service at an early age. The husband of a public school teacher, Edwards is also the proud father of two daughters.