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|Lane Anderson Carson|
|Louisiana State Representative from District 99 (Orleans Parish)|
|Preceded by||Orleans Parish districts not numbered until 1976|
|Succeeded by||Garey Forster|
August 21, 1947 |
New Orleans, Orleans Parish
|Political party||Republican (prior to 1977, Democrat)|
Rebecca C. Parks
|Residence||Covington, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana|
|Alma mater||Louisiana State University
|Service/branch||United States Army|
Lane Anderson Carson (born in New Orleans, USA on August 21, 1947) is the former head of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in the administration of Governor Bobby Jindal. Carson is also a licensed building contractor and real estate broker, and an attorney in private practice. He resides in Covington, the parish seat of St. Tammany Parish. He was previously chief of the Civil Division of the 22nd Judicial District of his parish.
Carson was a platoon leader in the United States Army in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War . He was wounded and discharged and returned to the USA. He graduated in 1971 with a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 1974, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.
He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983, representing House District 99 in Orleans Parish first as a Democrat (1976–1977), and thereafter as a member of the Republican Party. Carson was the first Vietnam War veteran to serve in the Louisiana legislature.
During his legislative tenure, Carson served on the Civil Law, House and Governmental, and Health and Welfare Committees and Veterans and Elderly Sub-committees. Carson voted for legislation allowing eyeglass and prescription drug advertising, permitting teachers to search for drugs and weapons, and accelerating the process of capital punishment. He voted to require restitution to victims of crime, to provide police with access to juvenile criminal records, and to enact stiff penalties for those engaging in child pornography.
After more than six years of legislative tenure, Carson resigned his House seat to become Assistant Secretary in the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources during the administration of Republican Governor David C. Treen. He was succeeded in the House seat by the French Quarter businessman Garey Forster. Carson later became an assistant district attorney in St. Tammany Parish, where, as chief of the Civil Division for more than twenty years, he was a legal advisor to St. Tammany Parish government and numerous boards and commissions.
In 1985, U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan nominated Carson, to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board for a term which expired on December 3, 1988. In 2003, President George W. Bush appointed him to the board of directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences.
Carson belongs to many veterans organizations and was appointed by Republican Governor Mike Foster to the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs to represent the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was appointed to the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame Museum Board early in the 21st century.
In 2007, Governor-elect Bobby Jindal selected Carson to serve as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs for the State of Louisiana. Carson led the department through a major transition period in veterans healthcare, veterans job creation and upgrades to the post-9/11 GI Bill. After over a decade of mismanagement and bureaucratic red tape, Carson revived plans to construct the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Leesville, Louisiana  and successfully secured the long-awaited Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, Louisiana. Carson also led the department through two hurricanes which made landfall on Louisiana's coast - Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Isaac. Carson served on the Governor's Emergency Response Team as the liaison to Veterans who needed assistance. Carson retired from the state after serving as Secretary for five years. After Carson's retirement, his Deputy Secretary, David LaCerte, succeeded him as Interim Secretary. His permanent successor as Veterans Affairs Secretary is former U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander of Jackson Parish.
Carson and his wife, Laura, have two children. A son, Christopher Carson, is a 2004 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, who has served as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. A daughter, Rebecca, an architect, is married to Nat Parks. Laura Carson is a retired assistant principal from the St. Tammany Parish public schools. Carson is Baptist.
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|Louisiana State Representative from District 98 (French Quarter and Orleans Parish)
Lane Anderson Carson