John Breaux

Former U.S. Sen.John Breaux talks about his possible bid for governor of Louisiana during a press conference Thursday, March 29, 2007, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, in Lake Charles, La. State lawmakers have asked Attorney General Charles Foti to issue a ruling on whether Breaux, a resident of Maryland, can enter the race. (AP Photo/Lake Charles American Press, Brad Puckett)

Brad Puckett

Former U. S. Sen. John Breaux will teach a class at LSU's Manship School of Mass Communications in the fall semester, the school announced Thursday afternoon.

Breaux, a Democrat who served in the U. S. Senate and House for 33 years, will teach a class on how Washington works.

"I hope to encourage young scholars to become involved in the political process while giving insight into how government works today and how we can improve it in the future," Breaux said in a statement.

The former lawmaker is senior counsel at Squire Patton Boggs, a global law firm based in Washington, D. C.

Breaux will lead a seminar in the fall semester and mentor students, including those in the school's new program that allows students to complete an undergraduate degree in mass communications and a law degree in six years.

He will serve as a guest  lecturer in other classes and will give presentations open to the public.

"I can't think of a more knowledgeable person to teach such a course," Manship Dean Jerry Ceppos said of the class on Washington operations.

"Sen. Breaux reinforces Manship's reputation as the best school in the country for the study of media and politics," Ceppos said.

Breaux will be paid $35,000 plus travel expenses from philanthropic funds, not state dollars, he said in response to a question.

Breaux is a graduate of what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.

His papers are in the LSU Libraries special collection.

Breaux is a native of Crowley and served as an assistant to then U. S. Rep. Edwin W. Edwards.

He was elected to fill the 7th Congressional District when Edwards was elected governor.

Breaux, at 28, was the youngest  member of Congress.

He was re-elected seven times to the U. S. House, elected to the U. S. Senate in 1986 and replaced U. S. Sen. Russell Long.

Breaux was re-elected in 1992 and 1998.

The new role is in addition to the Breaux Symposium, which is a program directed by the school's Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs.

It takes on a major public policy issue yearly in a forum open to the public.

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