Mrs. Valarie Hodges
Valarie Hodges has a proven track record of leadership, professional experience and civic involvement. She is a passionate leader who serves on the 8-member Executive Committee of the State-wide Republican Party of Louisiana. She is the past president of the Livingston Parish Republican Women's Club, which she helped restart five years ago. Valarie has been a relentless volunteer in many Republican campaigns to elect conservative leaders to public office. Her civic involvement, professional experience and leadership set her apart.
Valarie attended Central High School and Jr. High where she met and married her childhood sweetheart, Leland Hodges. They were married 39 years ago at Amite Baptist Church in Watson, Together they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Leland and Valarie own and operate two successful small businesses and are committed to improving the business climate in Louisiana. Improving roads is a huge concern and will be her #1 priority in the legislature.
Valarie has been very involved with CASA and with WOW (Women Outreaching Women), and spearheaded many community events. Valarie was a missionary for 18 years and lived in extremely harsh conditions. She knows what it's like to roll up her sleeves and work side by side with people on a tight budget and very limited resources. Valarie will work hard to bring out of control spending to sustainable levels.
Valarie has been endorsed by the Tea Party of Louisiana, Louisiana Conservative. com, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (East Pac), Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry PAC, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, and U. S. Senator David Vitter.
Mrs. Rose Doolittle
Senator Yvonne Dorsey appointed Rose Doolittle as her designee. Doolittle previously served on the Airport Commission from 1995 until 1997.
"The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport should continue to be a good neighbor to those who live near the facility,” said Doolittle. The Airport shouldmaintain the aesthetic qualities established on Harding and Veterans Boulevard and other streets leading to the airport. Doolittle’s other goals include negotiating for low-cost carriers, morenonstop flights to other cities, building a hotel on site and acquiring more long-term tenants. She feels customer service and safety are very important.
Doolittle is a licensed professional counselor and certified compulsive gambling counselor for senior citizens through the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Office of Addiction Disorders. In addition she is a Crisis Line Counselor for the Battered Women’s Program where she has volunteered for more than 13 years.
Mrs. Yvonne Dorsey
Yvonne Dorsey won election to the Louisiana State Senate in November 2007 and began her term in January 2008. She represents Senate District 14, an area which includes not only LSU and the commercial and governmental heart of Baton Rouge but also the bulk of the city's economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Dorsey sits on four major standing Senate committees: Judiciary C, where she is Chairman and controls changes to the criminal and civil codes and all matters relating to law enforcement and the judiciary; Revenue & Fiscal Affairs, where she oversees taxes, tax credits and bond measures; Education, where she protects public education, including LSU, Southern, Louisiana Technical Colleges, School for the Deaf and School for the Visually Impaired, all of which lie within her senatorial district; and Health & Welfare, where she makes crucial decisions helping to provide care for children, the elderly and the economically disadvantaged. She also serves on the Senate Select Committee on Women and Children.
Prior tomoving to the Senate, she served in the Louisiana House of Representatives for over fourteen years representing House District 67. Ever since first attaining public office in April of 1993, Yvonne has used her public position to promote community services in the city's poorest neighborhoods. She has provided vital help with grants for after school tutoring services and for inspirational activities for children and the elderly. She sponsors community events at which she gives free school supplies to thousands of children every Fall. Every summer she personally leads groups of disadvantaged youth on two-week summer vacations to places like Disneyland or the Grand Canyon. So far, she has given over two thousand children their first—and sometimes only—vacation trip.
In 2005 the combined membership of the House unanimously elected Yvonne to the position of Speaker Pro Tempore. In this capacity, she assisted in managing House business, steered the Governor's legislative agenda, and served as an ex-officio member of every House standing committee.
For a decade Yvonne stood as the sole voice for all of Baton Rouge in the House budgeting process from her position on the House Appropriations Committee. Yvonne was the driving force behind the capital outlay programs which have revitalized Baton Rouge's downtown and restored the historic old McKinley High School building. She also served as Vice Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee in the House where she had oversight of the state's public hospital system.
Yvonne began developing her expertise in management and public service while employed at the 19th Judicial District Clerk of Court. She rose from an entry level position to Executive Administrator in just a few years, managing a five million dollar budget and supervising 250 employees in eighteen departments. She was instrumental in creating that office's Family Violence Department which gives assistance to victims of spousal abuse.
In 1992 she became Executive Director of the Employment Council at the Louisiana Department of Labor where she was responsible for implementing Louisiana's Federal Jobs Training Program. She resigned that position to run for the Louisiana House.
Every year, Yvonne raises funds to send up to eighty children on an educational vacation. She believes it is important that they know how much larger the world is than what they have seen in their troubled neighborhoods and that it is big enough to accommodate anyone's dreams. In 2009, she took a bus full of children selected by pastors from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Alexandria, and Lafayette to Washington, D.C. where they witnessed the inauguration of our nation's first African-American President, Barrack Obama.
Currently, Yvonne is Industrial Coordinator at the Louisiana Technical Colleges. She is responsible for identifying the critical job skills needed by Louisiana's businesses and then creating and managing specific training programs designed to meet them.
Yvonne graduated from Capital High School in Baton Rouge and earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from LSU in May 2008. She is presently completing her masters in political science in the LSU graduate school.
She is the mother of two children: a son, Jamar, who is an architect, and a daughter, Darcé, an ordained minister with a masters in education who teaches and ministers to the hearing impaired. Yvonne attends Mount Zion Baptist Church.
Mr. James Dodds
Mr. James Dodds is the owner of The Architectural Studio in Baton Rouge, which he founded in 1968. A graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, he is a registered Architect in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Mr. Doddsis a member of the Louisiana Association of Architects, American Institute of Architects, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.He is also past President of the Istrouma Area Council for the Boy Scouts and the past President of Area 1 for the Boy Scouts South Central Region, which includes Louisiana and Arkansas. Mr. Dodds was an Eagle Scout and the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, Honor Medal with Cross Palms, and the Silver Antelope Award. Mr. Dodds and his wife, Donna, have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.