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2013 Louisiana Political Hall of Fame Inductees named

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WINNFIELD, La., (KNOE 8 News) - The Louisiana Political Museum has named its 2013 Louisiana Political Hall of Fame Inductees.

The Induction proceedings begin in Winnfield, Louisiana on Saturday, February 9, 2013 with a Reception for friends and families of the honorees and media from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Louisiana Political Museum, located at 499 East Main Street.

Following at 6:00 p.m. will be the Induction Banquet at the Winnfield Civic Center, located at 2000 South Jones Street. Tickets for the Induction Banquet can be purchased from the museum for $50.00 each by calling (318) 628-5928 prior to January 25, 2013. All tickets must be reserved and paid in advance.

The 2013 inductees are:

Charles Barham was an attorney from Ruston, La. who was elected to five terms in the La. legislature extending from 1964-1972, and again from 1975-1987. He also became a lobbyist for the banking industry from 1998-2001.

Hyram Copeland was nominated and elected to the Vidalia City Council in 1976 and was elected Mayor of Vidalia, La. in 1992 and continues to hold the position to date.

George Dement served as mayor of Bossier City, La. for 16 years. He was often referred to as "the people's mayor" and is known for his honesty and commonsense approach to governing.

L.R. "Pop" Hattaway began his 41-year career in law enforcement in 1962 as a deputy sheriff. He was elected sheriff of Grant Parish in 1976 and served in that capacity for the next 32 years, making him the longest serving sheriff in Grant Parish history.

Angelo Roppolo was a famed political consultant and nationally known bail bondsman, and former Bossier City Mayor. He often referred to himself as a "nickel politician".

Raymond Strother is a journalist who became a leading strategist and consultant in American politics. He is president of Strother/Duffy/Strother political consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Chabert Family:   Leonard Chabert, Sr. served as State Representative 1972-80 and State Senator from 1980-91; Marty J. Chabert served as State Senator from 1992-96; Norbert "Norby" Chabert was elected State Senator in a special election in 2009 and was re-elected unopposed in 2011 and holds the same seat occupied by his father, Leonard, and by his older brother, Marty.

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