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Biden appoints Louisiana Legislature Black Caucus Chair Ted James to Small Business Administration

By: - December 29, 2021 6:47 pm

Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) (Photo by Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator)

President Joe Biden has appointed state Rep. Ted James (D-Baton Rouge) to serve as a regional administrator in the U.S. Small Business Administration.

James was among six others appointed to what the White House called “key regional leadership roles.” As the SBA’s Region 6 administrator, James will oversee district offices in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The district offices are the point of delivery for most SBA programs, providing service to the local small business community.

The news release said the appointments are consistent with Biden’s commitment to build a diverse administration and “critical to the President’s efforts to rebuild communities most impacted by the pandemic, the economic recovery, and climate change.”

James was first elected to the Louisiana House in November 2011 and serves as chairman of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Outside of the legislature, James is an attorney and director of operations for the Baton Rouge office of the Urban League of Louisiana.

James said he intends to step down from his legislative position in January and will hold a press conference on his departure next week. The Legislature meets for its special session on political redistricting in February.

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.

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