U.S. Senator makes surprise appearance at Louisiana House


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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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    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 following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and 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, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.