Sharon Hewitt

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Sharon Hewitt
Sharon Hewitt.jpg
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 1st district
Assumed office
January 2016
Preceded byA. G. Crowe
Personal details
BornSeptember 1958
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Stan Hewitt
Children2
ResidenceSlidell
St. Tammany Parish
EducationLouisiana State University (BSME)
OccupationEngineer
Websitegovernment%20website
Campaign website

Sharon Woodall Hewitt (born September 1958)[1] is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 1, which encompasses portions of St. Tammany, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard parishes, Louisiana, USA. In January 2016, she succeeded fellow Republican A. G. Crowe, who did not pursue a third term in the primary election held on October 24, 2015.

Background[edit]

Hewitt attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rogue, at which she earned in 1981 her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.[2]

Career[edit]

After graduating from LSU[3][self-published source] Hewitt started her career working in the field as a technical contributor, in which capacity she assisted in the installation of the first electrical submersible pump in the Gulf of Mexico.[3][self-published source]

Hewitt Working on a Shell Oil Rig in the 1980s

After serving in seven positions at Shell Oil, Hewitt became Deepwater Assets Manager, responsible for all oil and gas activities in the Central Gulf of Mexico.[3][self-published source] Hewitt managed a team of over 160 engineers, geologists, geophysicists, offshore workers, and support staff. Managing a $250 million annual budget, Hewitt oversaw more than 10% of Shell Oil's domestic production.[3][self-published source]

Hewitt has noted the attitude of the oil and gas industry at the time towards women working in the field, and has led initiatives to encourage female STEM education and employment in the industry.[4][self-published source]

Community service[edit]

Hewitt held seventeen positions including Chapter President over her 11 years of service for the National Parent-Teacher Association. In 2010, Hewitt received the National PTA Life Achievement Award (the organization's highest honor at the national level), for her advocacy and leadership in education, safety, and legislation.[5] Hewitt has been recognized for her efforts to replace technology equipment in local schools after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in 2005.[5] Following Hurricane Ike in 2008, Hewitt organized a relief effort with the Military Road schools, which successfully delivered supplies within two weeks to schools impacted in nearby Cameron Parish.[5]

Hewitt served as the Chairman for the St. Tammany Parish Recreation Board, District 16, from 2012-2015.[3][self-published source] In this role, Hewitt lead the effort to develop a master plan for parks and recreation in eastern St. Tammany Parish, raising over $65,000 to fund the initiative.[3][self-published source]

Hewitt is an active volunteer with the East St. Tammany Habitat for Humanity, serving as a Coordinator for the organization's Fall & Spring Women's Build.[2]

Louisiana State Senate[edit]

Hewitt at the Louisiana State Capital

On March 4, 2015, Sharon Hewitt announced her candidacy for the Louisiana State Senate, District 1. Hewitt ran a campaign based on her diverse leadership experience at Shell Oil, as well as her budgeting, finance, and management skills. After defeating her opponent Pete Schneider, Hewitt assumed office on January 11, 2016 for a four-year term.

Legislation[edit]

Hewitt has been recognized for her legislative activity, focusing on Louisiana's budgetary issues, STEM education, creating jobs, and restoring Louisiana's coast.[2]

In the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana State Senate, Senator Hewitt authored or coauthored 18 pieces of legislation.[6] Three bills authored or coauthored by Hewitt in the 2017 Regular Session have been sent to the governor.[6] Hewitt authored SB225, which would create the Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Advisory Council (LaSTEM). SB 225 passed both chambers of the [Louisiana State Legislature] with bipartisan support, and was sent the governor on June 8, 2017.[7]

Committee Assignments[edit]

Election history[edit]

During her campaign announcement in 2015, Hewitt stated, "People are tired of career politicians. As an engineer, I am a problem solver. It's time to stop the political games and get to work. Throughout my life, I've earned leadership roles where my passion, organizational skill, collaboration with stakeholders and ability to inspire others has helped solve problems. I will use my skills and abilities to help the people of this district."[8]

Hewitt campaigning in 2015

Hewitt received several prominent conservative endorsements throughout the campaign, including the St. Tammany Parish Republican Party,[9] GatorPAC,[10] and the political arm of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.[11]

On October 24, 2015, Hewitt defeated her primary opponent, fellow Republican and former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Pete Schneider of Lacombe. Hewitt received 15,144 votes (58.7 percent) to Schneider's 10,645 (41.3 percent).[12] Hewitt and Schneider agreed in the campaign on the need to repair the state budget.[13]

Prior to her 2015 Senate campaign, Hewitt ran for the District 1 seat on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which encompasses Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany parishes. On October 22, 2011, Hewitt was defeated by fellow Republican James Garvey.[14] who received 58.3% of the primary vote.

2015
Louisiana State Senate Elections, 2015
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Sharon Hewitt 15,537 58.97%
Republican "Pete" Schneider 10,810 41.03%
Republican hold
2011
Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Elections, 2011
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican "Jim" Garvey 57,910 58.35%
Republican Sharon Hewitt 29,483 29.71
Independent Lee Barrios 11,856 11.95%
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

Sharon and Stan Hewitt with their two son's and their partners in 2015.

Senator Hewitt married her husband, Stan, over 30 years ago and they have proudly raised two sons, Chris and Brad. They are longtime members of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sharon Hewitt, September 1958". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 27, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt Biography". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Sharon Hewitt LinkedIn". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Sharon Hewitt Campaign Website About". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Northshore High School PTA honors outstanding volunteers". Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Louisiana State Senate Bill Search". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Louisiana State Senate". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sharon Hewitt Announces Campaign". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "RPEC Endorses Sharon Hewitt". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "GatorPAC Endorses Sharon Hewitt". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "BizNewOrleans Louisiana Association of Business and Industry Endorsements". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Results for Election Date: 10/24/2015". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  13. ^ Bob Warren (October 24, 2015). "Sharon Hewitt wins 1st District Senate race". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Results for Election Date: 10/22/2011". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
Louisiana Senate
Preceded by
A. G. Crowe
Louisiana State Senator for District 1

Sharon Woodall Hewitt
2016–

Succeeded by
Incumbent