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Diana E. Bajoie: Interim Councilmember District "B" (2012)

New Orleans City Council Diana Bajoie

Diana E. Bajoie, longtime former State Legislator, was seated as City Councilmember for District “B” on June 28, 2012. She assumed the seat vacated by former District "B" Councilmember Stacy Head who was elected to an At-Large Council seat in March 2012. Currently, Bajoie is a member of the staff of the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans as Director of Community Relations. She also performs liaison work with the Deans of each of the LSU Health Sciences Center's six schools to define and implement community relations programs and work to promote cultural diversity among faculty, staff and students.

First elected in 1976 to the Louisiana House of Representatives as a young woman in her twenties, Ms. Bajoie was the only woman in that body during her term. In 1991, she became the first African American woman elected to the Louisiana Senate. In 2004, Ms. Bajoie took the oath as Senate President Pro Tempore, becoming the first woman elected to a leadership post in the Louisiana Senate.

During her time as a state legislator, Ms. Bajoie served as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and was a ranking member of the Health and Welfare Committee for 25 years. Ms Bajoie’s work in the Health and Welfare Committee has resulted in major strides in minority and women’s health care coverage in Louisiana.

Outside of state politics, Ms. Bajoie has been involved in a myriad of civic organizations including: founder and former chair of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus and Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus; president of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women; Louisiana Recovery Authority; trustee of the National World War II Museum Board; former member of the Xavier University of La. Board of Visitors; former member of the Dillard University Advisory Board; and, WYES Board of Directors.

Ms. Bajoie has received numerous awards for her exemplary leadership and community commitment and for which she was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of fame in 2007 and was honored in 2012 by the La. Center for Women and Government with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The former Senator attended Southern University in Baton Rouge where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She also attended the Southern University School of Law and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in health administration.

Bajoie was selected by Mayor Mitch Landrieu as mandated by the City Charter requiring the Mayor to make the Council appointment if the legislative body does not appoint an interim member within 30 days.

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