Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Gathering Oct. 16 to proclaim Kermit ‘Hart’ Bourque Day in Ascension Parish are, from left, Ascension Parish Council Chairman Randy Clouatre; Ascension Parish School Board Member A.J. Nickens; Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley; state Rep. Johnny Berthelot; Rita Bourque; state Rep. Ed Price; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; Bourque; District Attorney Ricky Babin and state Sen. Jody Amedee.

Longtime Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Kermit “Hart” Bourque was recognized Oct. 16 with a day in his honor.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed Oct. 16 as Kermit “Hart” Bourque Day in Ascension Parish.

Martinez read the proclamation aloud during the Ascension Parish Council meeting while Bourque looked on with his wife Rita and several close friends and officials. With the proclamation, Bourque became honorary parish president for the day.

Bourque is finishing his 13th term and 50th year as Ascension Parish clerk of court and recently was recognized by the state Legislature for his outstanding accomplishments and leadership, a news release from Martinez’s office said.

“You’ve done a wonderful job and by going unopposed all those years, that just speaks volumes,” Martinez said. “I’m proud of you, and Ascension Parish is proud of you.”

Martinez was joined by state Sen. Jody Amedee, R-Gonzales; state Rep. Johnny Berthelot, R-Gonzales; state Rep. Ed Price, D-Gonzales; Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley; Ascension Parish Council Chairman Randy Clouatre; District Attorney Ricky Babin; and longtime Ascension Parish School Board member A.J. Nickens.

Before public service, Bourque was a member of the “Chinese Bandits” of LSU, winnning the 1958 national championship in football.