Thursday, May 30, 2024

Former DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson announces campaign for La. governor

by BIZ Magazine

Shawn Wilson, the former Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), has announced his campaign for Governor.

Shawn transformed the agency to be more collaborative and efficient at leveraging resources and delivering services – resulting in groundbreakings on long overdue improvements to our roadways, railways, ports, and bridges. Under his leadership, Louisiana is currently making the largest infrastructure investment in state history. Major investments are underway in every corner of the state. This success and the approach he uses has best prepared him to lead the state for the next four years.

“In the simplest of terms, a bridge is a pathway over an obstacle. Louisiana has its fair share of obstacles standing between where we are today and the state that we can be tomorrow, and the only way we’ll get to the other side is if we have leaders who will build bridges; not burn them,” said Shawn. “I’ve spent my career bringing people together to tackle tough issues for Louisiana. I’ve worked for four different governors for over 25 years. I know the challenges our state is facing, and I know what it’ll take to overcome them. Louisiana needs a Governor that’ll build bridges; not burn them. That’s the kind of leader I’ve been, and that’s exactly the kind of Governor I promise to be. My family and I look forward to hitting the campaign trail and earning every vote.”

Shawn has spent 25 years serving the state of Louisiana, over the terms of four different Governors. He believes that by minimizing extreme policies, we can ensure long-term, sustainable solutions to keep Louisiana moving forward. Shawn earned a B.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now ULL, and holds a Master of Public Administration degree, as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy at Southern University. He lives in Lafayette with his wife of 27 years, Rocki. Together they have two children, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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