Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Wiki was an American politician who served as the 54th Governor of Louisiana from January 2004 to January 2008. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the first woman elected as the state’s
Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, the state’s first female elected governor, has died at age 76. https://t.co/2b72UC6K8t
— ABC News (@ABC) August 19, 2019
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Age
She was 76 years old Age
Early life Eduaction and career
Blanco received a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She was also a member of Kappa Delta sorority.On August 8, 1964, she married Raymond Blanco, a football coach and educator; the couple had four daughters: Karmen, Monique, Nicole, and Pilar and two sons: Ray Jr., and Ben.
Following college, Blanco taught business at Breaux Bridge High School. She then worked for roughly fifteen years as a stay-at-home mom for her six children. She later worked as a District Manager for the U.S. Department of Commerce during the 1980 Censusinitiative and with her husband, owned Coteau Consultants, a political and marketing research firm.
Kathleen Blanco Family
Blanco was born to Louis Babineaux and Lucille Fremin, both of Cajun ancestry. His father was a small businessman who moved to the rural hamlet of Coteau, a community near New Iberia with one church and one elementary school.
Kathleen Blanco Husband
Kathleen married her husband Raymond Blanco on August 8, 1964. He is an academic administrator and football coach. He worked as an administrator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since 1982 until his retirement in 2009.
Kathleen Blanco Children
Kathleen together with her husband Raymond had six children together; four daughters: Karmen, Monique, Nicole, and Pilar and two sons: Ray Jr., and Ben.
Governor of Louisiana
Blanco was elected on November 15, 2003, defeating her Republican opponent Bobby Jindal in the general election, by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. On January 12, 2004, she took the oath of office in both English and French languages, succeeding Murphy J. Foster Jr. She retained Foster’s chief of staff Andy Kopplin. She named as the new state commissioner of administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc, who had succeeded her in the state House in 1989 when she became a public service commissioner. Blanco traveled more than her predecessor, seeking new sources of economic development for the state. She visited Nova Scotia and in December 2004 visited Cuba to boost its trade with the state. During this controversial visit, she met with President Fidel Castro, with whom the United States government had no formal diplomatic relations. In 2005, Blanco also visited the Asian countries of Japan, China, and Taiwan.
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Health Problem
In December 2017, Blanco was diagnosed with ocular melanoma metastatic to her liver. A year later at a meeting of the civic association, the Council for a Better Louisiana, Blanco said there is “no escape” from the disease as it had metastasized throughout her body and she has “made peace” with her future. On April 19, 2019, it was announced that she was in hospice care.
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Cause of death
Kathleen Blanco, governor of Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina, has died at the age of 76 https://t.co/fNi5cV7T7j pic.twitter.com/qrLIAejK9G
— CNN (@CNN) August 19, 2019
After struggling for years with cancer, Kathleen Blanco died Sunday in hospice care in Lafayette. She was 76. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco died on August 18, 2019, at the St. Joseph Hospice Carpenter House in Lafayette, Louisiana.