Representative Paula Pellerin Davis (Republican, District 69) took top honors as the 2018 LegisGator of the Year at the Chamber SWLA’s 13th Annual LegisGator Awards Luncheon at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. Over nine hundred Chamber SWLA members, colleagues, elected officials and visitors were in attendance to recognize Davis and dozens of state legislators honored for their commitment to the Chamber’s pro-business legislative agenda during the 2018 Legislative Session.
Said about Davis at the event: “Appointed to the Ways and Means Committee, she has been in the middle of committee and floor debate on various revenue measures proposed to solve the budget crisis. When the House was struggling this year deciding how much revenue to raise to avoid the fiscal cliff, she emerged as the one who forged the winning compromise.”
“The purpose of our LegisGator Luncheon is to thank the members of the state legislature and our congressional delegation for supporting the pro-business agenda of the Chamber Southwest Louisiana and our allies. We appreciate their willingness to serve,” said George Swift, President/CEO of the Chamber SWLA.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards gave an address at the start of the event followed by remarks from Senator Bill Cassidy, MD, Senator John Kennedy, Congressman Ralph Abraham, MD, DVM, Congressman Garrett Graves, Congressman Clay Higgins, Congressman Mike Johnson, and Congressman Steve Scalise. Attorney General Jeff Landry wrapped up our updates on the State of Louisiana.
Other major award winners:
- Mayor Mike Danahay (former Representative) won the Chair's Award for being a “big-picture” guy who works across party lines and geographic lines for the common good.
- State Representative Stephen Dwight won the Government Affairs Award for being “unbiased, approachable, and mindful of what was at stake while fighting to prevent undue burden on the people of Louisiana.”
- State Representative Tanner Magee won the Fusion Five Award, given to an up-and-coming legislator who displays leadership and affects positive change.
This year, the Chamber SWLA gave out ten Leadership Awards to members of the House and Senate who went above and beyond – by either sponsoring or handling key legislation during the 2018 session.
- Rep. Neil Abramson
- Rep. Stuart Bishop
- Senator Jack Donahue
- Representative Julie Emerson
- Representative Katrina Jackson
- Senator Ronnie Johns
- Representative Terry Landry
- Senator John Smith
- Senator Mike Walsworth
- Senator Rick Ward
This year’s event was sponsored by Title Sponsor L'Auberge Casino Resort, Presenting Sponsor CITGO.
Golden Gator Sponsors were Sasol, Acadian Ambulance Service, Cheniere, CSE Federal Credit Union, First Flight Holdings, Hunt, Guillot & Associates/CommonwealthLNG, IberiaBank, Indorama, Port of Lake Charles, Ryan, Tellurian, and Stream Wetland Services.
Bayou Backers were AT&T; Coushatta Tribe; Energy Transfer; Entergy; First Federal Bank; Fusion Five; J Walker & Company; JDBank; Lake Charles Coca Cola; Louisiana Free Enterprise Institute; Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association; Oceans Healthcare; Phillips 66; Rouses Markets, Shell, Southwest Louisiana Credit Union, Stockwell Sievert Law Firm; The Picard Group; Cameron LNG and Kleckley Consulting.