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Handicapping The Delegation


Baton Rouge's legislative delegation is one of the largest in the state. While there have been promises made in recent months that the group will work more closely as a cohesive unit on regional issues than in the past, each lawmaker undoubtedly has his or her own goals.

Here's a brief look at how each member of the delegation could contribute to the whole over the coming term that begins next year and a sneak peek at how each might succeed individually as well:

Rep.-elect Franklin J. Foil, Republican: A rookie in the house, Foil will immediately distinguish himself from the fray through his years in the U.S. Navy. But economic development issues are more likely to define his first term. He was endorsed by practically every major business group in the region. From the get-go, anticipate Foil to seek out new incentives for businesses to put on the books and land any related committee gigs that would help him accomplish his mission.


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