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Ryan Bourriaque sworn in as State Representative

By Cyndi Sellers

The newly restored portico of the Cameron Parish Courthouse was the setting for the investiture ceremony of District 47 State Representative Ryan Bourriaque of Grand Chenier on Tuesday, Mar. 19, at 2 p.m. Guests were seated throughout the landscaped courtyard, amid budding oak trees and new green space.

Serving as mistress of ceremonies was Stephanie Rodrigue, Cameron Lions Club President and a former Cameron Parish Superintendent of Schools.

Representative and Mrs. Bourriaque’s two oldest daughters, Rylee and Remi, led the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag that had been raised earlier for the first time since the restoration of the court house began in 2015.

The invocation was then led by Rev. Clyde Thomas, pastor of St. Eugene Catholic Church where Bourriaque serves as Vice-Chairman of the Pastoral Council. Cameron Parish Police Jury President Joe Dupont of Grand Lake extended the official welcome to Cameron Parish. President of Minvielle & Associates of Abbeville, Richard Minvielle, was the keynote speaker.

Minvielle, a grant writer who has been assisting the police jury since Hurricane Rita with long-term disaster recovery projects, spoke of Bourriaque’s first assignment when he started working for the Parish in 2008. Minvielle stated that, at that time, the state was questioning the Police Jury’s grant application for $6.6 million for the West Annex and how Bourriaque prepared a very detailed justification for the needs of each department that resulted in the state approving the funding for the Police Jury’s administrative building.

Minvielle further stated how impressed he was last month with Bourriaque winning the State Representative race with over 75% of the registered voters being outside his home base. He concluded how the future looks so bright for the three-parish area he will serve, as Bourriaque will continue to impress his constituents when he goes to Baton Rouge.

Administering the Oath of Office was the Honorable Judge Penelope Q. Richard, Chief Judge, of Louisiana’s 38th Judicial District and aunt to Representative Bourriaque. Swearing on a Bible presented to him by his parents (that will travel with him to his office in Baton Rouge), and with his wife Megan LaGrange Bourriaque and daughters Rylee, Remi and Rorie at his side, Bourriaque swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and to faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent on him.

Affixing his official State Representative pin were his parents Kim and Allyson (Richard) Bourriaque, his sister Kimily and niece Bellamy. In asking Rep. Bourriaque to approach the podium, Rodrigue noted his true “servant’s heart” and recalled his receipt of the Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana’s Caritas Award, presented by Bishop Glen John Provost in 2016, honoring his hard work for the needs of others and his commitment to improving quality of life.

In his comments, Rep. Bourriaque expressed his sincere gratitude to so many for his victory, his appreciation of efforts in organizing the investiture ceremony and reception and pledged to work hard for the parishes of Cameron, Vermilion and Calcasieu, bringing to the forefront the needs of the people that he represents.

Rep. Bourriaque acknowledged the families of his predecessors, former Representatives John H. Meaux, 1924-1952, represented by his daughter Madge Reina, daughter Renee and sons Joey and Johnny Reina; Alvin Dyson (1952-1956) represented by his granddaughter Cyndi Sellers and husband Paul; and Glenn Conway LeBleu (1964-1988).

Guests were then invited to move to the Cameron Parish Police Jury Meeting Room for the official reception, hosted by the Cameron Lions Club and featuring specialty savory and sweet menu items from Cameron, Calcasieu, Vermilion, Jefferson Davis. Lafayette and St. Martin parishes. The theme was Louisiana’s southern hospitality, Cameron Parish style.

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