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Public Information Office   SLU 10880   Hammond, LA 70402   phone: 985-549-2341   fax: 985-549-2061

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: 4/4/03
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      HAMMOND – Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Jack A. “Jay” Blossman Jr. will present Southeastern Louisiana University’s 8th James H. Morrison Lecture on Politics and Government at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Student Union Theatre.
      The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Southeastern’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences. The event honors the late James H. “Jimmy” Morrison, the Hammond native who represented Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943-1967. Morrison died in 2000.
      The lecture explores critical and topical themes pertaining to public policy. Previous speakers have included U.S. Senators John Breaux and Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representative W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, state Senators John Hainkel and Melvin “Kip” Holden, and state Rep. Henry “Tank” Powell.
      Elected in 1996 to represent Louisiana’s First Congressional District on the PSC, Blossman is the youngest individual to serve on the commission, which oversees public utilities operating in the state. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University School of Law. Blossman is a practicing attorney in St. Tammany Parish.
      Blossman is a member of the Board of Directors of Parish National Bank. He is involved in numerous non-profit organizations, including Victims and Citizens Against Crime, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, the Boy Scouts of America, the American Heart Association and the Louisiana Bone Marrow Registry.
      For additional information about the Morrison Lecture, call the university’s Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, 985-549-2151.

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