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Louisiana State Senator Willie L. Mount

    Willie Landry Mount was elected the first woman Louisiana State Senator from District 27 in  1999, after serving six and one half years as the first woman Mayor of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

    A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, she is married to Benjamin Mount, Attorney.  She graduated from Lake Charles High School and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from McNeese State University.

    Senator Mount is serving her third term in the State Senate and chairs the Health and Welfare Committee.  She is a member of the Transportation, Legislative Audit Advisory and Judiciary C Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Select Committee on Women and Children, Select Committee on Coastal Restoration & Flood Control, Child Poverty Prevention Council, NCSL Health Committee, Southern Growth Policies Board and is an interim member of the Senate Committee on Finance. She previously served as Chairwoman of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, as vice-chair of the Education Committee and was a member of the following committees:  Senate Select Committee on Consumer Affairs, Judiciary B, State Technology Advisory, Millennium Port, Dyslexia Study Committee, Reading Leadership Team, Joint Legislative Juvenile Justice, School Finance Review, Commission on French, and the Commission on Best Practices in School Discipline.

    A former small business owner, Mount has been very active in a variety of civic and community betterment projects.  She is Past President of the Louisiana Conference of Mayors and served on the Executive Boards of the Louisiana Municipal Association and Council for a Better Louisiana.  Mount also serves on the McNeese State University Foundation Board, the Christus St. Patrick Board of Counselors and the Alzheimer’s Association State Board.  She previously served on the United Way Community Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana Board and the United Methodist Foundation.

    Senator Mount’s leadership has been recognized in a number of ways.  She was awarded Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts, Public Official of the Year by the Msgr. Cramers Knights of Columbus, Public Official of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Woman of the Year by the Quota Club, Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles, and Citizen of the Year by the United States Marine Corps League.  Mount also received the Community Service Award from the North Lake Charles Kiwanis Club, the Doretha Combre Award from the NAACP, the McNeese State University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Patron of Architecture Award from the Louisiana Architectural Foundation. Delta Kappa Gamma Society International honored her with their Golden Apple Award.  She was also named a Special Friend of the Louisiana Municipal Association in 2002, 2003, and 2004 and was recognized by the New Orleans Regional Chamber and Metro Vision for her efforts during the 2003 legislative session. Senator Mount was named “Champion for Children” by Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana, in addition to receiving the Ron Schroeder Award from the MicroEnterprise Development Alliance of Louisiana and the Wilton J. Bellard, Jr. Champion Award from the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services.  She was named Legislator of the Year by the Louisiana Orthopaedic Association and the Louisiana Association of Museums’ Public Official of the Year Award in 2006.  She was selected as a recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 2007 Legislative Award and the Leadership in the Community Award by Women of Excellence.  Most recently, Senator Mount was selected as the recipient of Louisiana Association of Principals Legislator of the Year 2008 and the 2008 Christus Health Eagle Award.

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