Kathleen Blanco Biography, Age, Net worth, Hurricane Katrina, Son Death, Illness

Kathleen Blanco is an American politician who served as the 45th Governor of Louisiana born on 15th December 1942 in New Iberia, Louisiana, United States. She served as the governor from 2004 to 2008. She is a member of the Democratic party, and she was the first woman to be elected as governor of Louisiana.

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Kathleen Blanco Biography

Kathleen Blanco is an American politician who served as the 45th Governor of Louisiana born on 15th December 1942 in New Iberia, Louisiana, United States. She served as the governor from 2004 to 2008. She is a member of the Democratic party, and she was the first woman to be elected as governor of Louisiana.

Kathleen Blanco Age

Kathleen Blanco was born on 15th December 1942 (she is 76 years old as of 2018)

Kathleen Blanco Net worth

Kathleen Blanco has an estimated net worth of $4 million.

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Kathleen Blanco Family

Kathleen Blanco was born to Louis Babineaux and Lucille Fremin her parents are from the ancestry of Cajun. Her grandfather was a farmer and grocer who had a country store, and her father was a small businessman who moved to the rural in hamlet of Coteau a community near New Iberia with one church and one elementary school.

Kathleen Blanco Husband

Kathleen Blanco is married to Raymond Blanco in 1964 who is a academic administrator and football coach. The couples were blessed with four daughters and two sons.

Kathleen Blanco Children

Kathleen Blanco has six children four daughters Karmen Raymond, Monique Raymond, Nicole Raymond and Pilar Raymond and two sons Raymond Jr and Ben Raymond.

Kathleen Blanco Education

Kathleen Blanco attended Mount Carmel Academy, which is a girl school run by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mount Carmel, which is situated on the banks of Bayou Teche. She received her degree in bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which was later named the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

Kathleen Blanco Career

Kathleen Blanco started her career after her graduation in the university. She started teaching business subject at Breaux Bridge High School, where she worked for fifteen years and earned her living to help her parents raise the other siblings. She later worked as a District Manager for the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 1980 Decennial Census initiative and with her husband, owned Coteau Consultants, a political and marketing research firm.

Prior to her elections as governor she served in the public office for 20 years. In 1983 she was elected as the first woman legislator from the city of Lafayette, where she served for five years in Louisiana House of Representatives. In her first term, she and her friend Evelyn Blackmon of West Monroe were two of only five women in both houses of the legislature.

Kathleen Blanco Elections

In 1988 she defeated Republican Kernan “Skip” and became the first woman in Louisiana to be elected in the Public Service Commission, a post that held covered seven years, She was also the first woman chairman of the PSC. She was then elected Lieutenant Governor, a post that she held for eight years. She was elected in the November 15, 2003 general elections, by defeating her Republican opponent Bobby Jindal in the general election, by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. On January 12, 2004, she took the oath of office in both English and French languages, succeeding Murphy J. Foster Jr. She retained Foster’s chief of staff Andy Kopplin.

Kathleen Blanco Governor of Louisiana

Kathleen Blanco was elected as the Governor of Louisiana in November 15, 2003. On January 12, 2004, she took the oath of office in both English and French languages, succeeding Murphy J. Foster Jr.
She travelled more than a redecessor, seeking new sources of economic development for the state. She also visited Nova Scotia in December 2004 and she also visited Cuba to boost its trade with the state. During her controversial visit, she met President Fidel Castro, with whom the United States government had no formal diplomatic relations. In 2005, Blanco also visited the Asian countries of Japan, China, and Taiwan.

Despite the upheaval of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, she met all her initial goals by the end of her term, most notably prioritizing education investment from pre kindergarten to the university level. She recruited a number of businesses to Louisiana and established policies to lay a foundation for the recovery of coastal Louisiana. Her as the governor she was appointed as the member of the National Governors Association, and the Democratic Governors Association, she served there as its President of Southern Governors’ Association.

Kathleen Blanco and Hurricane Katrina

On August 27, 2005 she spoke about Hurrciane Katrina who told the media in Jefferson Parish where she said “I believe we are prepared. That’s the one thing that I’ve always been able to brag about.” Later that day, she issued a request for federal assistance and USD $9 million in aid to U.S. President George W. Bush, which stated, I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and affected local governments, and that supplementary Federal assistance is necessary to save lives, protect property, public health, and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster. I am specifically requesting emergency protective measures, direct Federal Assistance, Individual and Household Program (IHP) assistance, Special Needs Program assistance, and debris removal.

In the requisting letter her as the governor she stated : “In response to the situation, I have taken appropriate action under State law and directed the execution of the State Emergency Plan on August 26, 2005 in accordance with Section 501 (a) of the Stafford Act. A State of Emergency has been issued for the State in order to support the evacuations of the coastal areas in accordance with our State Evacuation Plan.” FEMA issued a statement on August 27 about president Bush authorised allocation in the federal resources. In the FEMA analysis the state’s request for federal assistance. A White House statement of the same date also acknowledges this authorization of aid by President Bush. On August 28, Blanco sent a letter to President Bush, which increased the amount of aid requested to US $130 million. Mayor Ray Nagin, in response to the offer of an Amtrak train to evacuate New Orleans residents, rejected the offer, declared an emergency, and then canceled it. He then flew to Dallas with his family.

President George Bush now declared a State of Emergency and brought in U.S. Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré to be in charge of all forces. The President sent members of the National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, the carrier U.S.S. Bataan and the Air Force. It was the largest deployment of military forces on domestic territory since the Civil War. During the massive evacuation of 93% she over saw New Orleans area and the subsequent rescue effort utilizing state employees, law enforcement agencies from across the state and nation, citizen volunteers, and federal emergency services such as the U.S. Coast Guard and other U.S. military forces. More than 60,000 people were rescued and removed from the affected region after the storm. As Commander-in-Chief of the Louisiana National Guard, she called her fellow governors for troop reinforcement as more than a third of her own soldiers and airmen were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The response from states delivered nearly 40,000 troops to her command, one of the largest domestic activation of troops in the nation’s history.

On September 1, 2005 the reports of looting lawlessness escalation. She announced that she will send 300 Louisinia National Guardsmen to supplement the New Orleans Police Department, she said; These troops are fresh back from Iraq. They are well-trained, experienced, battle-tested and under my orders to restore order in the streets. These are some of the 40,000 extra troops that I have demanded. They have M-16’s, and they’re locked and loaded. When hoodlums victimize and inflict suffering on people at their wit’s end, they’re taking away our limited resources, or whatever resources we have, to save babies, or save children and to save good people. I have one message for these hoodlums. These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than willing to do so if necessary, and I expect they will.

President Bush statement stated that the looters in New Orleans and elsewhere in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina should be treated with “zero tolerance.” During President Bush visit to Louisinia on September 2, 2005 he federalize the National Guard of Louisinia to simplify the command structure. Her as the governor she declined that the guard would become part of the federal military forces and therefore lose much-needed policing powers. The President subsequently continued to press the offer, so Blanco rejected it in writing, citing the need for flexibility in National Guard operations, particularly the need for the Guard in areas other than New Orleans where the military was not currently operating. Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi reportedly declined a similar offer from the President.

Had either state’s National Guard been federalized, they would not have been able to directly enforce state law (i.e. control looting) under the provisions of the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act. It has not been a policy during natural disasters to combine the command of National Guard and military operations under the authority of the President. President Bush had the power to take command of a state’s National Guard units under the Insurrection Act of 1807 without the agreement of a state Governor, but no President had done this since Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s and President Bush had so far also declined to do so. CNN and Fox News reported that the Louisinia Homeland is a security band Department (which operated under Blanco’s authority) refused to allow the American Red Cross to enter the city of New Orleans.

The American Red Cross confirms that the organization had not entered the city to provide aid, but also states that it is providing relief at the evacuation centers: “As the remaining people are evacuated from New Orleans, the most appropriate role for the Red Cross is to provide a safe place for people to stay and to see that their emergency needs are met. It said that we are fully staffed and equipped to handle these individuals once they are evacuated.” The deputy director of Louisiana’s Homeland Security Department, Colonel Jay Mayeaux, has stated that he asked the Red Cross to delay relief operations for 24 hours for logistical reasons, and by the time that was up the evacuations had already begun.

On September 14 after president Bush accepted the responsibility for all problems that occurred at the federal level, Blanco accepted responsibility for all problems that occurred at the state level. Blanco stated, “At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility.” In 2006, a Congressional report stated that the “National Response Plan did not adequately provide a way for federal assets to quickly supplement or, if necessary, supplant first responders.”

Kathleen Blanco Illness

In December 2017, she was diagnosed with an incurable liver cancer. A year later she said the meeting of civic association, is to get a good Council for a Better Louisiana. She said there is “no escape” from her malady and she has “made peace” with her future.

Kathleen Blanco Son Death

Her youngest son was killed in a shipyard accident Wednesday when a counterweight fell on him from an overhead crane, authorities said. Benedict A. Blanco, 19, was killed, but three co-workers, including his elder brother, Raymond Blanco Jr., escaped injury. The men were using torches to cut up the a barge for scrap, said Carl Gross of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The cylindrical weight was attached above the hook to keep the cable straight. Such weights can weigh several hundred pounds, Gross said. He did not know how much this one weighed or how far it fell. The accident happened at Allison Industries Inc., a marine contracting company for the offshore oil industry owned by Lenny Dartez, a supporter of Ms. Blanco’s. President Steve Orlando said the company would have no comment.

Kathleen Blanco Health

Stold a Council for A Better Louisiana luncheon Wednesday that her cancer had spread to other parts of her body, metastasized, and that while she remains optimistic, she understands there’s “no escape. The monster is not far down the road.” A devout Catholic who regularly attended lunchtime mass in Baton Rouge while serving as governor from 2004 to 2008, Blanco said she was at peace with the disease, which was diagnosed in 2017. Edwards asked, “all Louisianans to join their prayers to ours for Gov. Blanco, Coach, and the entire family, so that in this very difficult and trying time they will experience peace and comfort that surpasses all human understanding.”

Kathleen Blanco Religion

She grew up as a devout Catholic in the settlement of Coteau in Iberia Parish and attended Mount Carmel Academy, an all-girls school in New Iberia where religionplayed a dominant role in the girls’ lives.

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Kathleen Blanco Electoral History

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

7,713 (60%)

Re-elected

J. Luke LeBlanc

Democratic

5,037 (40%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

44,450 (32%)

Runoff

Kernan “Skip” Hand

Republican

25,293 (18%)

Runoff

George Ackel

Democratic

23,383 (17%)

Defeated

Edward “Bubby” Lyons

Democratic

22,082 (16%)

Defeated

Others

n.a.

22,314 (17%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

161,270 (57%)

Elected

Kernan “Skip” Hand

Republican

120,392 (43%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

Unopposed

Elected

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

590,410 (44%)

Runoff

Suzanne Mayfield Krieger

Republican

211,520 (16%)

Runoff

Chris John

Democratic

206,915 (15%)

Defeated

Others

n.a.

342,910 (25%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

964,559 (65%)

Elected

Suzanne Mayfield Krieger

Republican

513,613 (35%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

968,249 (80%)

Elected

Kevin Joseph Duplantis

Republican

121,296 (10%)

Defeated

Others

n.a.

117,467 (10%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Bobby Jindal

Republican

443,389 (33%)

Runoff

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

250,136 (18%)

Runoff

Richard Ieyoub

Democratic

223,513 (16%)

Defeated

Claude “Buddy” Leach

Democratic

187,872 (14%)

Defeated

Others

n.a.

257,614 (19%)

Defeated

Candidate

Affiliation

Support

Outcome

Kathleen Blanco

Democratic

731,358 (52%)

Elected

Bobby Jindal

Republican

676,484 (48%)

Defeated

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Kathleen Blanco News

Gov. Kathleen Blanco is the politician who rebuilt it, although not that many people seem to remember this part. As of Sunday, her decision to quickly save the Dome amid the devastation of Hurricane Katrina is permanently memorialized too. The newly-dedicated Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Lobby features a plaque with her name and likeness, noting the “courage and foresight” it took to envision the importance of bringing the Dome back into commerce, keeping the Saints from skipping town and New Orleans from forfeiting its position as a big-league city, and recasting the building itself from a scene of despair to a symbol of resolve. This is not an exaggeration.

Thirteen years down the line, it feels like a no-brainer to have marshaled the resources to reopen on September 25, 2006, just over a year after images of New Orleanians stranded at the damaged stadium without water and working bathrooms rocketed around the world.  In truth, it’s felt like a no-brainer since that night, when the Saints hosted the hated Atlanta Falcons before a national audience, Steve Gleason channeled all the emotion around him into that epic blocked punt which is also commemorated in a statue outside and home felt like home again. Think back to what was going on in October 2005, when Blanco had to make the call. The Saints were playing their home games in San Antonio, which would have been perfectly happy to welcome the team permanently. The Dome itself was missing part of its roof and filled with mold. Residents were scattered, homes were wrecked and city services were almost nonexistent.

The emotionally-loaded conversation was just beginning over whether staging Mardi Gras in early 2006 would be a civic affirmation or a slap in the face to struggling and displaced New Orleanians. Surely people might think that making the rebuilding of a football stadium a top priority was insensitive, Blanco was warned. Yet Blanco, who was often tagged with being indecisive in those days, was all in, to hear Doug Thornton, who oversees the Super dome for a private management company, SMG, tell it. “She said, ‘We’ve got to do it. It’s an inspiration’ ” to the area’s residents, Thornton recalled. “And getting the Saints back is so vital to the economy.”

Source: www.theadvocate.com

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