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Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by Murphy J. Foster III
Governor by Election
Served from January 12, 2004
Served to January 13, 2008
Left Office by Term Ended
Declined Reelection
Succeeded by Bobby Jindal
Unique 1st Woman Governor of La.
Born December 15, 1942
New Iberia, La.
Died August 18, 2019
Lafayette, La.
Cause Liver Cancer
Age 76
Party Democrat
Education B.S. Business Education
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Profession Education, Politician
Spouse Raymond Blanco
Wed on August 8, 1964
Children 4 daughters, 2 sons
Religion Cathoilc
Burial St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery
Grand Coteau, La

2004 - 2008

Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, 63rd governor of Louisiana, died in 2019.  She is buried at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Grand Coteau, La.

She graduated from University of Louisiana, Lafayette, taught at Breaux Bridge High School and home schooled her children. She was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1983 and served five years. In 1988 she was elected to the Louisiana Public Service Commission and served for seven years. She was then elected Lieutenant Governor under Governor Mike Foster, a republican, serving eight years. In 2003 she was elected Governor, defeating Bobby Jindal a republican.

Kathleen Blanco was the first woman governor of Louisiana. Blanco travel widely in search of business for Louisiana, including Nova Scotia, Cuba, Japan, China and Taiwan.

Then came Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, both in 2005.

On March 20, 2007, following her unpopular evaluation by the electorate, due to Hurricane's Rita and Katrina, Governor Blanco chose not to stand for reelection.


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