Sharon Weston Broome

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Sharon Weston Broome
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 15th district
In office
December 2004 – January 11, 2016
Preceded by Melvin Lee "Kip" Holden
Succeeded by Regina Barrow
Louisiana State Senate President Pro Tempore
In office
2008 – January 11, 2016
Preceded by Diana Bajoie
Succeeded by Gerald Long
Louisiana State Representative for District 29 (East and West Baton Rouge parishes)
In office
Preceded by Clyde Kimball
Succeeded by Regina Barrow
Personal details
Born October 1956
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marvin Broome
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–La Crosse,
Regent University
Occupation Communications specialist
Religion Baptist

Sharon Weston Broome (born October 1956)[1] has been since 2004 a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 15, the first African-American woman in that position.

Her senatorial predecessor, African-American Democrat Kip Holden, is the current Baton Rouge Mayor-President and a candidate for lieutenant governor in the nonpartisan blanket primary scheduled for October 24, 2015.[2] Broome is the President Pro Tempore of the state Senate. In 2011, she was elected to her second full Senate term without opposition.

From 1992 to 2004, Broome was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 29. She was succeeded by her legislative assistant, Regina Barrow. She was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, the first woman to have held that position. Broome is hence the first woman to serve in the number-two leadership position in both legislative chambers.

In 2002, Representative Broome introduced House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 74 which condemned "Darwinism" as justifying racism and Nazism. The bill was amended to remove allusions to Darwin and passed.[3] In 2012, sponsored a bill requiring doctors to let a woman hear the heartbeat of a fetus (if present) before performing an abortion.[4] The bill was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 8, 2012.[5]

Before being elected to state office, Broome, a native of Chicago, Illinois, served on the Baton Rouge Metro Council. She holds two degrees in communications and worked as a reporter for WBRZ-TV for five years.[2]

Broome was among the state and local officials who endorsed the unsuccessful reelection in 2014 of Democrat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.[6] Term-limited in the Senate, Broome is the first candidate to declare her intentions to run in 2016 to succeed Holden as Mayor-President for East Baton Rouge Parish.[7] Several Republican candidates are also running for Mayor-President.


  1. ^ "Sharon Broome, October 1956". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography at Louisiana State Senate". Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Update on Challenges to Teaching Evolution". American Geosciences Institute. 7 January 2003. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Abortion bills advance through La. Legislature". May 16, 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jindal signs abortion bills". June 8, 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Landrieu’s GOP Endorsements Pale In Comparison To 2008 Election". Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Rebekah Allen (May 18, 2015). "Sharon Weston Broome off to early start in 2016 Baton Rouge mayoral race as others have yet to declare". The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clyde Kimball
Louisiana State Representative for
District 29 (East and West Baton Rouge parishes)

Sharon Weston Broome
1992 –2004

Succeeded by
Regina Barrow
Preceded by
Kip Holden
Louisiana State Senator for
District 10 (East Baton Rouge Parish)

Sharon Weston Broome
2004 – 2016

Succeeded by
Regina Barrow
Preceded by
Diana Bajoie
Louisiana State Senate President Pro Tempore

Sharon Weston Broome

Succeeded by
Gerald Long

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