Saturday, July 13, 2024

Governor Landry Appoints Christopher Hebert as Chairman of Louisiana Gaming Control Board

by BIZ Magazine

BATON ROUGE, LA – Governor Jeff Landry has announced the appointment of Christopher Hebert as the new Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, marking a historic moment as Hebert becomes the first African-American to hold this position. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board is responsible for regulating all gaming activities within the state, ensuring the integrity and proper conduct of gaming operations.

“I am proud to announce the appointment of Christopher Hebert as the Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. He has the experience and background needed to properly regulate such a large industry,” said Governor Landry. “I look forward to the great work he will do for our State and our economy.”

Hebert expressed his gratitude and commitment to the role, emphasizing the importance of proper regulation in maintaining a robust gaming industry in Louisiana. “Proper regulation of the gaming industry is crucial at a time in which gaming revenue continues to be a substantial part of our state’s economy. I am both humbled and honored that Governor Landry has tapped me as the first African-American Chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, and I vow to continue the hard work of previous chairmen in ensuring that gaming is free from criminal and corrupt elements. We will continue to regulate in a fair manner which ensures that our gaming licensees are able to operate in an environment that generates healthy revenue for the state through economic development,” said Hebert.

Background:

Christopher B. Hebert, a native of New Roads, LA, brings over 19 years of experience as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, including eight years as the Director of the Gaming Division. Prior to his role as Director, he served as Section Chief of the Litigation and Adjudications Sections.

Hebert has been instrumental in shaping the regulations governing sports wagering in Louisiana and has led numerous initiatives aimed at addressing problem gambling. He played a key role in establishing the Problem Gambling Resource Services (PGRS) program, a collaborative effort between the Louisiana Department of Justice and the Louisiana Department of Health to raise awareness and provide treatment for problem gambling.

Hebert is an active member of several professional organizations, including the International Masters of Gaming Law and the National Council on Problem Gambling. He has also been a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation board and the House of Delegates for the Louisiana State Bar Association. Additionally, Hebert has served on the Board of Governors for the National Bar Association.

Hebert holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from Southern University Law Center, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2022. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

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