Senator Edgar Mouton
Inducted on February 23, 2002
Former Senator Allen Bares said, "Senator Mouton was a staunch supporter of the presence of French in Louisiana. He was the principal author of the Legislation which created CODOFIL and always did his best to provide funds and support to CODOFIL in its early formative years."
Mouton was born September 22, 1929 in Lafayette. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947 as class valedictorian then attended Tulane University and graduated in 1951. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School in 1953.
In 1964, Mouton was elected State Representative for Lafayette Parish and in 1966 was elected state senator from the 23rd District, an office he held until 1980. He was elected President Pro-Tempore of the Senate from 1976 to 1980. It was at this time that Senator Mouton was instrumental in passing the 1974 Louisiana Constitution which, under the equal protection clause, assured all citizens rights to their cultural and linguistic heritage. In 1979, Mouton ran for Governor of the state of Louisiana. One of his ads featured a bull and it was the ad most remembered from that race.
Mouton served his state as follows: Executive Counsel to Governor Treen from 1980 to 1983, Special Consultant to Governor Edwards in 1985, Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education & Welfare, Vice-Chairman of Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee, a member of the Governor's Committee on Reorganization of State Government, chairman of the Senate Interim Committee on Health and Welfare, a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and he was a member of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
Mouton served his community as follows: President of the Hub City Kiwanis , National Vice-President of Muscular Dystrophy Association, Board Member of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Bishop Services Appeal and board member of Catholic Charities.