Leadership for Louisiana PAC’s Friday fundraiser at the AcA will double as a celebration of the birth of the Acadiana delegation.

The political action committee, formed by Republican state Sen. Mike Michot and independent Rep. Joel Robideaux in 2007, promotes state initiatives and makes campaign contributions to like-minded candidates. The year it was formed, the Michot/Robideaux PAC was instrumental in state Rep. Page Cortez’s victory over Pat LeBlanc for the District 43 seat.

The host committee for the April 15 fundraiser includes all six of Louisiana’s statewide elected officials: Gov. Bobby Jindal, Treasurer John Kennedy, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain, as well as several Acadiana lawmakers and more than 20 business sponsors.

The event is doubling as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Acadiana delegation in the Legislature. The Acadiana region was formally recognized, and the Acadiana legislative delegation established, by the Legislature in 1971. The official Acadiana delegation is made up of 43 legislative members from 22 parishes (including the eight-parish “Heart of Acadiana”), which were grouped together for their “strong French Acadian cultural aspects,” according to House Concurrent Resolution No. 496.

The event is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a brief program from 8 to 8:30. Individuals making a $125 contribution and couples contributing $250 are welcome to attend. Pay at the door with a check or mail contributions to P.O. Box 52034, Lafayette, LA, 70505. Checks should be made out to Leadership for Louisiana PAC.

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