The Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Congressional Update Luncheon featuring US Senator John Kennedy on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 11:30 am – 1 pm at Lasyone’s Meet Pie Restaurant. Attendance is $25 for Chamber members and $30 for Non-Chamber members. Registration closes Monday, Aug. 19 at 12 pm.
Sen. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. He has built a distinguished career as a conservative champion for the people of Louisiana and a dedicated watchdog of taxpayer money. Sen. Kennedy serves on the Appropriations, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs, Budget, Judiciary and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees in the U.S. Senate. He serves as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Kennedy was state treasurer of Louisiana for five terms. As treasurer, he oversaw the state’s multi-billion-dollar investment portfolios. He also oversaw local and state bond issues and returned millions of dollars in unclaimed property each year. Sen. Kennedy served as secretary of the Department of Revenue, special counsel to Gov. Roemer and secretary of Gov. Roemer’s Cabinet. He was also an attorney and partner in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans law firm of Chaffe McCall. Sen. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude in political science, philosophy and economics from Vanderbilt, was president of his senior class, and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was an executive editor of the ‘Virginia Law Review’ and elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned a Bachelor of Civil Law degree with first class honours from Oxford University (Magdalen College) in England, where he studied under Sir Rupert Cross and Sir John H. C. Morris. Sen. Kennedy has written and published the following books and articles: ‘Louisiana State Constitutional Law,’ ‘The Dimension of Time in the Louisiana Products Liability Act,’ ‘The Role of the Consumer Expectation Test Under Louisiana’s Products Liability Doctrine,’ ‘A Primer on the Louisiana Products Liability Act,’ ‘Assumption of the Risk, Comparative Fault and Strict Liability After Rozell’ and ‘The Federal Power Commission, Job Bias and NAACP v. FPC.’ Sen. Kennedy served as an adjunct professor at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center from 2002 to 2016. He often volunteers as a substitute teacher for public schools. He resides in Madisonville, Louisiana, with his wife Becky and their son, Preston. They are founding members of the North Cross United Methodist Church.
Sen. Kennedy’s sponsored legislation that has been signed into law:
S.1693 National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019
S.3628 National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act
S.3554 A bill to extend the effective date for the sunset for collateral requirements for Small Business Administration disaster loans.
S.2896 Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act of 2018
S.2765 RBIC Advisers Relief Act of 2018
Cosponsored legislation that has been signed into law:
S.3444 A bill to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as the “Douglas Fournet Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic”.
S.3031 Federal Personal Property Management Act of 2018
S.2946 Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018
S.2679 Veterans Small Business Enhancement Act of 2018
S.2652 Stephen Michael Gleason Congressional Gold Medal Act
S.2559 Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act
S.2554 Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act
S.2155 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act
S.2152 Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018
S.2101 USS Indianapolis Congressional Gold Medal Act
S.2076 BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act
S.1766 SAFER Act of 2017
S.1616 Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act
S.1595 Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018
S.1520 Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2018
S.1312 Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017
S.1311 Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017
S.1182 National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018
S.1094 Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017
S.1050 Chinese-American World War II Veteran Congressional Gold Medal Act
S.782 PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017
S.756 First Step Act of 2018
S.583 American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017
S.534 Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
S.512 Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act
S.419 Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017
S.292 Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018
S.204 Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017
S.188 EGO Act
S.139 An Act to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to improve foreign intelligence collection and the safeguards, accountability, and oversight of acquisitions of foreign intelligence, to extend title VII of such Act, and for other purposes.
S.J.Res.57 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act”.