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02/28/2008 03:42 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DNC Louisiana Superdelegates

HuffPost's OffTheBus members produced these superdelegate profiles as part of its Superdelegate Investigation. You can find all profiles here.

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Patsy Arceneaux

Louisiana

Basic Bio
* From Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La.
* Listed as Homemaker

Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2000, 2004
* Member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana, 2004.


* Arceneaux is the only of Louisiana's 9 superdelegates to have already pledge her support behind a candidate. Arceneaux has pledged her delegate support to strapped for cash, Hillary Clinton. Patsy Arceneaux's tactic is unfair to Frontrunner Candidate, Barack Obama, who despite winning the popular vote in a majority of the states of this great nation, is behind in superdelegate support.
* Last week, Arceneaux got the call that finally persuaded her -- from former president Bill Clinton, the man who 10 years earlier gave her husband a job. "When the president called, I said to him, 'I guess I've moved to the top of the food chain,' " Arceneaux laughed. "He was very persuasive."
* An Obama supporter on the campaign blog wrote: What good is a super delegate if they make decisions which are against the will of the democratic party? Who should decide this election? Patsy Arceneaux should be unbiased and willing to support the candidate who won the state to which she resides.


Contributions to Candidates
* Donated to Democratic State Central Committee
* Rodney Alexander for Congress (Louisiana)
* John B. Breaux (Louisiana, Senate)

Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Endorsed Howard Dean
* Arceneaux, the lone Louisiana super-delegate pledged to Clinton, told The Washington Post that the former president called her to lobby for her support. The ex-president didn't need to remind her that he appointed her husband, William, to the chairmanship of Sallie Mae, the nation's largest student provider of student loans. Arceneaux did not return a call from The Times-Picayune.

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Claude "Buddy" Leach

DNC Committeeman

Louisiana

Basic Bio
* Anthony Claude "Buddy" Leach, Jr. (born March 30, 1934), is a wealthy Louisiana lawyer, businessman, farmer, and Democratic politician who resides in his native Leesville as well as Lake Charles in southwestern Louisiana.
* Leach received his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1955.
* Served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1959.
* Obtained his Juris Doctor degree from LSU Law School in 1963 and was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1964.
* Leach and his wife Laura Leach married in 1969. They have two daughters and a son and nine grandchildren. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_%22Buddy%22_Leach
* Leach is one of the wealthiest Louisiana politicians. In addition to having a successful law practice, he has made a fortune in farming, natural gas, petroleum, and investments Leach is president and CEO of Sweet Lake Land and Oil Co. and the North American Land Co. in Lake Charles.
* Is also the chairman of the Merchants and Farmers Bank in Leesville. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_%22Buddy%22_Leach

Political interests and issues
* The Leaches have aided schools throughout the University of Louisiana System. They endowed the LSU School of Agriculture and science education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
* Have been patrons of the arts, with Laura having been honored as the largest contributor in southwest Louisiana for several consecutive years.
* The couple has personally funded the restoration of acres of marshland which Leach said was damaged by environmental neglect.
* Has served as former director of the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children
* Former director of the Louisiana Lions Eye Research Center in New Orleans. http://www.answers.com/topic/claude-leach


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* DNC Committeeman, Louisiana Democratic Party http://www.lademo.org/ht/d/sp/i/204427/pid/204427
* Leach served two stints in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1968-1979 and 1984-1988).
* Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 4th congressional district 1979-1981
* In 2002, Leach came out of political retirement to run for governor
* In 2006, the Democratic State Central Committee in Baton Rouge unanimously elected Leach as the party's national committeeman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_%22Buddy%22_Leach

Pledged Status
* Uncommitted, leaning towards Obama, claiming he doesn't like Ickes. http://www.newsweek.com/id/109598

Contributions to Candidates
* $1000 to John Edwards Q2 2007

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Leach has been active in Louisiana state politics for 40 years. Is an associate and supporter of Governor Kathleen Blanco

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Honorable Renee Gill Pratt

New Orleans, Louisiana

Basic bio
*Louisiana will send 10 super delegates to the Democratic National Convention in August. The state's other 56 delegates, those whose titles are not prefaced by "super," are required to vote proportionately to the results of the state primary -- roughly 2-to-1 in favor of Obama. http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080218/NEWS01/802180310/1002
*A life long resident of District B, Pratt attended Holy Ghost Elementary School, Xavier University Preparatory School, Dillard University and the University of New Orleans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renée_Gill_Pratt#Political_career

Involvement in the Democratic Party
Information for this section comes from Wikipedia

*A Democrat, Pratt served as state representative for District 91 from 1991 to 2002 and as a New Orleans city council member for District B from 2002 to 2006.
*District B includes the Central Business District, the Garden District, Central City, the Irish Channel, the Lower Garden District and the Touro neighborhood. District 91 covers the precincts located on the southwest side of District B, which roughly correspond to the Irish Channel and the Touro neighborhood.
*Pratt lost her bid for re-election in 2006, against Stacy Head, another Democrat and a New Orleans attorney. She possibly faced a backlash related to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Mayor Ray Nagin won re-election only after facing a much tougher challenge than expected before the hurricane, and half of the council members who ran again were defeated.

Personal political interests and issues
*Renee Gill Pratt, who lost her seat on the New Orleans City Council http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/02/political_insiders_not_primari.html
*In the weeks following her defeat, Pratt faced criticism for driving a $28,266 Dodge Durango that she had donated to a nonprofit organization before she left office. The organization subsequently hired her and assigned her to the vehicle.
*She also was blamed for renting office space from a company formed by Mose Jefferson, the brother of U.S. Representative Bill Jefferson, at the rate of $1,800 a month, for her satellite council office. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renée_Gill_Pratt#Political_career

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
*Louisiana Democratic National Committee Member, Uncommitted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2008_United_States_Democratic_Party_Superdelegates

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Chris Whittington

Democratic Party Chair

Louisiana

Most of the bio info taken from: http://www.lademo.org/ht/d/sp/i/983022/pid/983022

Basic Bio
* Received his Juris Doctorate in 1992 from Southern University Law Center
* Bachelor of Science degree in Finance in 1987 from Louisiana Technical University.\
* Is an attorney with The Whittington Law Firm, specializing in general civil litigation, personal injury and maritime law.
* Member of the Louisiana Association for Justice Board of Governors; the American Association for Justice; and the American, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge Bar Associations.
* Serves on the Louisiana Court Reporters Board.


Political interests and issues
* Whittington, a Baton Rouge attorney, was elected Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party in January 2006 after years of exemplary service as the Party's Legal Counsel, as a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and as a member of the Democratic Party Executive Committee.
* In addition to professional activities, is also active in a number of community service organizations, including First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, the Black/White Communications Taskforce of Shreveport, the Shreveport Jaycees, Junior Achievement, United Way of Northeast Louisiana, the Super Derby Festival of Shreveport/Bossier City, Exchange Club and the Sigma Nu Alumni House Corporation.
* Since his election, has worked to promote the values of leadership, justice and compassion that are the hallmark of the Democratic Party. Under his leadership, the Party will grow from the ground up by promoting the efforts and activities of the Parish Executive Committees in each of the 64 parishes of the state.Whittington has begun this initiative by traveling to every region of the state to meet with fellow Democrats from all walks of life, to share ideas on the issues and to solicit feedback on the future of our Party.


Involvement in the Democratic Party
* Elected Chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party in January 2006 after years of exemplary service as the Party's Legal Counsel, as a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and as a member of the Democratic Party Executive Committee.

Involvement in the 2008 Election
* Seems to have made neutral statements about the Prez candidates" http://www.bayoubuzz.com/News/US/Politics/President_Race_2008/Louisiana_Democrat_Chief_Praises_John_Edwards_Knocks_GOP___5737.asp
* "Whittington said he remains undecided. He said Obama's decisive victory in Louisiana will partly influence his thinking, but the main consideration is who looks to be the eventual nominee. "I think we need to go with a winner," Whittington said. " http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/02/political_insiders_not_primari.html
* "We applaud Sen. Edwards' efforts in his campaign for president and appreciate the fact that he has given Louisiana a much needed national spotlight by beginning and ending his campaign here," said Louisiana Democratic Party Chairman Whittington. "Sen. Edwards has fought tirelessly for the rights and relief of the state's poor as well as the entire Gulf Coast - something none of the Republican candidates have found to be an important issue in this race for president. The Republican agenda seems to be set on promising more of the same and bent on serving the country with a third Bush term rather than positive change.
* The Democratic Party has two strong candidates in Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama and we fully expect to have a victory in November. Both candidates offer a change in direction for this country and we urge all Louisiana Democrats to participate in the Feb. 9 Presidential Preference Primary," said Whittington.


Contributions
* $2000, Kerry in '04

Previous Campaign Work and Experience
* Player in all campaigns in LA as chair of the Dem party there.

Connections to Politicians, Leaders on State Level
* Player in all campaigns in LA as chair of the Dem party there.

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Mary Lou Winters

Louisiana State Vice Chair

Involvement in the Democratic Party
Information in this section comes from http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080218/NEWS01/802180310/1002.
*But Louisiana will send 10 super delegates to the Democratic National Convention in August. The state's other 56 delegates, those whose titles are not prefaced by "super," are required to vote proportionately to the results of the state primary -- roughly 2-to-1 in favor of Obama.

Information in this section comes from http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/winterberg-wisdom.html.

*1996 Presidential Elector for Louisiana in 1996
*2000, 2004 Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana
*2004 Member of Democratic National Committee from Louisiana

Involvement in 2008 election - campaign appearances, statements
*Mary Lou Winters, Louisiana State Vice Chair, Uncommitted http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2008_United_States_Democratic_Party_Superdelegates

Contributions to Candidates
*$2,100 Q2 2007 to Clinton, according to www.huffingtonpost.com/fundrace

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