BATON ROUGE — Former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell will deliver the keynote address at Louisiana’s 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
“We are thrilled to welcome Governor Ed Rendell to Louisiana for our 2014 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “His leadership on issues like infrastructure and energy makes him a perfect fit for this event, which is focused on getting our grassroots activists and volunteers fired up and ready to help re-elect Senator Mary Landrieu and Congressman Cedric Richmond. As someone who has won tough elections at the state and local level, Governor Rendell knows what it takes to win over Democrats, Republicans and independents, and I can’t wait to hear his message for Louisiana Democrats.”
Rendell is currently an MSNBC contributor and co-chair of Building America’s Future, an organization that focuses on rebuilding and reinvesting in our country’s infrastructure.
Rendell served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011 and successfully cut wasteful spending and improved efficiency, leading to budget savings of more than $1 billion. Through his strategic investments, Rendell energized Pennsylvania’s economy, revitalized communities, improved education, expanded access to health care to all children and made affordable prescription drugs available to older Pennsylvanians.
Rendell has also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, as mayor of Philadelphia from 1992 to 2000 and as the city’s district attorney from 1978 to 1985.