Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s capital city. In addition to providing essential services and forums for public debate and policy, the state and local government are among the areas largest employers.
Many state government offices are located in Baton Rouge and offices are consolidating in the downtown area. This has contributed to downtown redevelopment efforts as local businesses have returned to support state government. Many government services are also now accessible online. The State’s website is user friendly and very comprehensive. If there is something that you are looking for, go online with the link provided.
Our Mayor-President is Kip Holden. He is the Mayor of the City of Baton Rouge and the President of East Baton Rouge Parish. Since taking office in January 2005, he has enjoyed broad-based support from the community and is now in his 3rd term. City/Parish offices are mostly located downtown and services are also available online.
Representing the area around LSU is Councilman John Delgado. He was elected to represent District 12 and took office in January 2013. Most here would agree that he’s doing an outstanding job of representing the interests of those who live in my neck of the woods.
If politics is your passion, then there are many opportunities to get involved. The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is a great place to get started. Their membership brings to the forefront issues of vital concern to the community and annually publishes their legislative agenda. FuturePAC is their political action committee.
If you’re under 35 then you might want to join Forum 35. This group provides opportunities for leadership and community participation and its members also have a good time doing it.