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U.S. Senator makes surprise appearance at Louisiana House

By: - May 4, 2021 3:22 pm
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U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy delivers remarks at a press conference for the White House Coronavirus Task Force during their visit to LSU’s Tiger Stadium on July 14, 2020. (Photo by Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator).

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy made a surprise appearance on the floor of the Louisiana House Tuesday afternoon and encouraged state lawmakers to take advantage of green energy opportunities.

Cassidy gave brief remarks to the House lawmakers at the request of House Speaker Clay Schexnayder.

The Republican senator from Baton Rouge said Louisiana would soon receive billions in federal money. He encouraged state legislators to capitalize on the Biden administration’s “focus on green energy,” which Cassidy said can provide many good opportunities for the state.

His remarks were applauded.

U.S. Rep. Julia Letlow and U.S. Sen. John Kennedy also briefly greeted lawmakers at the Baton Rouge capitol.

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Wes Muller
Wes 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.