Sharon Weston Broome

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Sharon Weston Broome
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Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
and East Baton Rouge Parish[fn 1]
Assumed office
January 2, 2017
Preceded by Melvin "Kip" Holden
Louisiana State Senate
President Pro Tempore
In office
January 14, 2008 – January 11, 2016
Preceded by Diana Bajoie
Succeeded by Gerald Long
Member of the Louisiana Senate from the 15th district
In office
January 12, 2004 – January 11, 2016
Preceded by Melvin "Kip" Holden
Succeeded by Regina Barrow
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 29th district
In office
January 13, 1992 – January 12, 2004
Preceded by Clyde Kimball
Succeeded by Regina Barrow
Personal details
Born October 1956
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marvin Broome
Residence Baton Rouge
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–La Crosse,
Regent University
Occupation Legislator
Communications
Religion Baptist

Sharon Weston Broome (born October 1956)[1] is the current Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is a member of the Democratic Party. She was the first African-American woman to be in the Louisiana State Senate for District 15, in which she held her position from 2004 to 2016. She was elected Mayor-President of Baton Rouge on December 10, 2016, and was sworn into office on January 2, 2017.[2][3]

Her state senatorial predecessor, Democrat Kip Holden, is the departing Baton Rouge Mayor-President who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 24, 2015.[4] From 2008 to 2016, Broome was 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.[5] In 2012, sponsored a bill requiring doctors to let a woman hear the heartbeat of a fetus (if present) before performing an abortion.[6] The bill was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 8, 2012.[7]

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.[4]

Broome was among the state and local officials who endorsed the unsuccessful reelection in 2014 of Democrat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.[8]

Term-limited in the Senate, Broome was the first candidate to declare her intentions to run in 2016 to succeed Kip Holden as Mayor-President for East Baton Rouge Parish.[9] Several Republican candidates also ran; the Republican state Senator Bodi White in turn lost to Broome the runoff election held on December 10, 2016. White received 55,241 votes (48 percent) to Broome's 59,737 (52 percent).[10]

Broome was succeeded in the state Senate by Regina Barrow, who had also followed her in the state House of Representatives. Barrow was succeeded in the House by Metro Council member Ronnie Edwards, who died of pancreatic cancer after only forty-four days of service. Both Barrow and Edwards were coincidentally born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi.[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The office of "Mayor-President" in the Baton Rouge area is an uncommon position in municipal governments that consolidates the executive offices of "Mayor of Baton Rouge" and "President of East Baton Rouge Parish". Though the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish have a consolidated government, this differs from a traditional consolidated city-county government, as the cities of Zachary, Baker, and Central operate their own individual municipal governments within East Baton Rouge Parish along with the City of Baton Rouge.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Kip Holden
Mayor-President of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
2017–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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
2008–2016

Succeeded by
Gerald Long

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