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For Immediate Release

April 30, 2019

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Coastal scientist, educator, businesswoman formally announces candidacy for Senate this Fall

Houma, LA (April 29, 2019) - On April 30, 2019, Dr. Brenda Leroux Babin will officially announce her candidacy for Louisiana State Senate District 20 in the 2019 primary at the Terrebonne Waterlife Museum. 

Dr. Babin said, “I am running for this seat because I have Faith in Our People, Hope for Our Future, and a Love for Louisiana and Our Bayou Region.”  She plans to use her background in Coastal Science to ensure continued funding for restoring our coast and protecting our homes, businesses, and our way of life.  She also plans to create hope for our schools by enacting legislation that will return respect to our teachers, our schools, and our children.  She wants to continue her work to preserve our way of life along the bayous of Lafourche and Terrebonne.

Senate District #20 straddles Lafourche Parish, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou, and Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana’s Bayou Country making it a true Bayou District.  “I am planning to continue the successful leadership that this district has had in the past.  When I first voted, we elected Leonard Chabert to this seat.  That was followed by Marty Chabert, Dr. Mike Robichaux, Reggie Dupre, and now Senator Norby Chabert,” said Dr. Babin.

After spending 8 years representing District 5 on the Terrebonne Parish School Board, Dr. Babin wants to continue this service to the community in the state senate.  Four years ago, she ran an impressive campaign finishing just shy of a runoff in a 3-way race for State House District #53 against Lenar Whitney and Tanner Magee. 

Dr. Babin is a proud Nicholls graduate with degrees in English education and Curriculum and Instruction.  She also has a Master’s degree in Ministry from Loyola University New Orleans. And she holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Science from Louisiana State University.

Currently, Dr. Babin owns and operates several businesses that all promote a happier and healthier community.  Busy Bee Clinic her computer training and support center provides workforce development as well as personal enrichment.  Bee Cool Snowballs strives to promote Louisiana culture while providing healthy treats and most recently she acquired the brand and lifestyle apparel business Bayou Strong.  She spent 10 years monitoring the coast as IT Director at LUMCON and 30 plus years as an educator in Terrebonne Parish Schools, at Nicholls State University, Louisiana State University and now at Fletcher Technical Community college where she teaches computer science as an adjunct instructor. 

Dr Babin takes an active leadership role in service to the community.  Currently, she is president of the Keep Terrebonne Beautiful Board of Directors, where she organized the first-ever multi-bayou cleanup for Terrebonne Parish.  She also currently serves on the Houma Downtown Development Corporation, the Houma Travel and Visitors Board, and the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts Louisiana East.  Dr. Babin is an active member of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Bayou Industrial Group, a member of the Mother Teresa Women’s Giving Circle, and the Loyal Knight of the Houma Elks Lodge #1193.  She is an active member of Annunziata Catholic Church where she serves as a lector. 

Retired teacher and a member of the #BabinForTheBayou team, Andrea Galliano said, “Dr. Babin is very knowledgeable on coastal matters and cares deeply about public education.”  Dr. Babin wants to stay informed about the needs of the workers throughout the district, so she has put together an advisory team of oil field workers, educators, shrimpers, and lawyers to advise her throughout the campaign.  

Dr. Babin chose the Terrebonne Waterlife Museum as the venue for this event because she shares its mission to showcase and preserve the bayou lifestyle.  By renting the facility we will help to fund the continued work of the museum.  Dr. Babin loves the bayou and is committed to preserving our way of life.  She is as comfortable in heels as she is in shrimp boots as she works to improve life for everyone in our community.  That is why the committee has chosen “#BabinForTheBayou” as the campaign slogan and hashtag.  Find out more about Dr. Babin’s campaign and what her plans are once elected at