John Bel Edwards was sworn in as Louisiana’s 56th Governor on January 11, 2016.
John Bel Edwards grew up in the heart of Louisiana and graduated as valedictorian of his Amite High School class. Edwards was a 1988 Dean’s List graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After eight years of active duty with the U.S. Army as an airborne ranger, he went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Governor Edwards’ political career started in 2008, when he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 72 in the Northshore region.
Governor Edwards is married to Donna Hutto. They live in Roseland, Louisiana, with their three children, Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen and John Miller.
Louisiana First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards was born in Meridian, Mississippi, and moved with her family to Amite, Louisiana, where she met her future husband, Governor John Bel Edwards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mrs. Edwards has long been active in her community, supporting various organizations and school and church groups. Early in her marriage during the governor’s eight-year service as an Army Infantry Airborne ranger, the first lady volunteered her time and assistance to families of deployed Army service members.
While raising three children, Mrs. Edwards became a certified teacher and taught music for more than eight years. As Louisiana’s first lady, she continues to advocate for teachers, public education and music and arts education.
The Edwardses married in 1989. They are the proud parents of three children: Samantha, Sarah Ellen and John Miller.
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