Baton Rouge – Rep. John Berthelot has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Rural Caucus, a 67-member group of legislators that focuses on rural issues.

Berthelot, of Gonzales, was appointed by Chairman Bernard LeBas of Ville Platte.

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to serve on the executive board with Chairman LeBas,” Berthelot said. “I have a great amount of rural area in my district. I have some cattle farmers and some sugarcane people. I have a lot of available land, so hopefully it will be utilized to its best use.”

As chairman, LeBas appointed seven caucus members to serve with the officers on the Executive Committee. Joining Berthelot are Reps. Andy Anders of Vidalia, Kenny Cox of Natchitoches, Jerry Gisclair of Larose, Rob Shadoin of Ruston, and Sens. Jim Fannin of Jonesboro and Francis Thompson of Delhi.

LeBas said the officers pledged to serve the constituents of the state, to promote the ideals and objectives of rural Louisiana. Caucus members work to find consensus on common ideas and share solutions that address these issues.

“We all share similar issues in our districts, so it pays to work together to achieve our goals,” LeBas said. “It’s important that we remind legislators who are not from rural areas that we have needs in our districts, too.”

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