Garret Graves gives the 6th District a strong voice in Congress: Editorial

FROM NOLA.com, 10/21/16 Share Share

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican from Baton Rouge, has been a strong advocate for the 6th District and the state as a whole in his first two years in Congress. He was instrumental in getting his colleagues in the House to approve a flood relief package after historic rainfall in south Louisiana in August. He organized a trip to the flood zone for members of Congress from other states to help them understand the breadth of damage.

That approach proved very helpful after Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches in 2005. Rep. Graves also successfully pushed for a substantial increase in federal funding for vital Louisiana highway projects, including work that should ease congestion on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. He showed strong leadership after the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police and the attack by a gunman less than two weeks later that left three law enforcement officers dead. Rep. Graves and 2nd District Rep. Cedric Richmond filed legislation to improve police training for handling volatile situations without guns and to fund research into better non-lethal weapons. The two congressmen also are working to get federal resources for the families of the slain officers.

Mr. Graves, a Baton Rouge native, spent six years as the chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority before being elected to Congress in 2014. His expertise on coastal restoration is vital to Louisiana's efforts to stop land loss. The 6th Congressional District includes parts of East and West Baton Rouge, St. John, St. Charles and several other parishes.

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