BATON ROUGE, La (Press Release) - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards announced two appointments to key positions within his administration that will be tasked with repairing the state's budget. Gov.-Elect Edwards announced that current Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne will serve as Commissioner of Administraion and Kimberly Robinson will serve as Secretary of the Department of Revenue.
“Jay knows exactly what honest, balanced budgeting looks like. But more importantly he knows the work it takes to get a responsible budget passed,” Gov.-Elect Edwards said. “He will be able to draw on his knowledge and relationships to make sure we propose and pass a budget that is truly worthy of the people of Louisiana.”
Jay Dardenne has served for five years as Lieutenant Governor. Prior to his service as Lieutenant Governor he served four years as Secretary of State and 15 years as a State Senator. During his legislative service, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee for four years and served as its co-chair for four years. The Lieutenant Governor is an attorney and a graduate of Baton Rouge High School, Louisiana State University (LSU), and the LSU Law Center. He is married to the former Cathy McDonald. They have two grown sons, John and Matthew.
"To address the serious budget challenges our state faces, we need talented professionals in place who understand the complexities of our current tax structure and how to simplify it. Kimberly is the right person at the right time to lead the Department of Revenue," Gov.-Elect Edwards continued. "For 15 years, she has immersed herself in tax policy, and I am excited to have her join this administration to lead this agency at one of the most critical times in our state's history.”
Kimberly Lewis Robinson is a partner at law firm of Jones Walker in Baton Rouge, focusing primarily on state and local tax matters. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from LSU and a law degree from the LSU Law Center. Before joining Jones Walker, she served as a liaison between the Office of the Governor and the Departments of Revenue and Economic Development, as well as a senior policy adviser on economic development, insurance, and revenue policy. Ms. Robinson also worked for six years in the Louisiana Department of Revenue, serving as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs and Confidential Assistant to the Secretary. From 1998–2000, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.