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Long-Time IBEW Member Named Louisiana Gov-Elect’s Chief of Staff

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Just hours after winning the Louisiana governor’s race, John Bel Edwards named his transition team and included a familiar labor face.  State Senator Ben Nevers, a long-time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will be his new Chief of Staff when he takes office.

Edwards praised Nevers, telling reporters:

“I have known Ben Nevers for years, and he has been great to work with in the legislature,” said Edwards. “I’m proud to have him leading this effort to make our government more responsive to the needs of the people and deliver on the commitments that I made in this campaign.”

When asked about Nevers’ managerial experience, Edwards touched on NECO, an electrical contracting company for industrial businesses that Nevers ran before passing it down to his son. The company has nearly 100 employees.

“He has my complete confidence,” Edwards said.  “He is a gifted and talented man.”

The rest of the transition team is made up of State Sen. Sharon Broome (D-Baton Rouge); Natchitoches attorney Taylor Townsend; Jefferson Parish Sheriff, Newell Normand; Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo; Lake Charles businesswoman Laura Leach; and Richard Lipsey, a Baton Rouge businessman.

Edwards also announced that he will schedule a special session of the legislature in February.  This announcement makes the transition team even more important, as they will spend their time crafting a legislative agenda for the session.

“There are only 47 working days between now and January 11th. This team will help me ensure that we are ready to get to work for all Louisianans from day one.”

Ben Nevers has served in the legislature since 2000, with three terms in the senate.  


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