The Senate confirmed Janet Triche-Milazzo, of Napoleonville, as a judge for the U.S. Eastern District Court of Louisiana in New Orleans last week.

Triche-Milazzo serves as a district judge in the 23rd Judicial District in the state, a position she has held since 2008.

She was the first woman elected to that district bench.

Before serving as a judge she spent six years as an associate attorney at the law office of Risley C. Triche in Napoleonville before being promoted to partner.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., nominated Triche-Milazzo, an LSU law school graduate, and hailed her passage.

“She is well regarded in the legal community and will bring a valuable perspective to cases before the court having practiced law and served as a judge in one of the small parishes in the region,” Landrieu said in a statement.

Boustany raises funds

Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, announced last week he has $1.1 million for his re-election campaign next year.

Boustany collected $218,000 for the last three-month period ending September 30. Boustany’s campaign finances are being watched because he is now in the same congressional district as incumbent

Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia. The men were thrown into the same district as a result of the state redistricting that squeezed seven districts into six.

House members’ campaign reports will be available today on the Federal Election Commission web site:

Tech awarded $1 million

Landrieu said last week that Louisiana Tech has been awarded a $1 million U.S. Department of Commerce grant for its Proof of Concept Center, which supports clean energy economic development in the region.

“The award will support the university’s efforts to accelerate technology transfer from the university to commercialization partners throughout the region,” Landrieu said in a statement.

“These companies will ensure that innovative green technology ideas go from the manufacturing stage into homes at a faster rate.”

Louisiana Tech’s center focuses on increasing the speed with which green technology innovations enter the market by supporting all phases of the entrepreneurial process. The school assists with technology feasibility and business plan development while providing access to early-stage capital and mentors to offer critical guidance to innovators.

The Proof Concept Center serves the I-20 corridor in northern Louisiana, south Arkansas, west central Mississippi and northeast Texas.

“This grant will greatly help strengthen the production and promotion of technologies coming out of Louisiana Tech and into the market place,” Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau said.

Markey invokes Lucy

Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., tested the television trivia ability of those at the House Natural Resources Committee last week.

In a hearing on the one-year anniversary of the end of a six-month drilling moratorium imposed by the Obama administration after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, Markey lamented the shortage of Interior Department employees needed to approve drilling permits.

Markey likened the process to an episode from the show “I Love Lucy.”

The situation reminded him of the classic skit in which Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz are working on a candy factory line and fall behind on wrapping chocolates.

As the line moves quicker, the ladies do everything to meet the demand, including stuffing chocolates into their mouth. Markey was referring to a block by Republicans of $35 million to the Interior Department to hire more engineers to review drilling permits.

Markey called the Republican opposition to the move - and subsequent complaint of what they call the slowness of issuing permits - hypocritical.

“It just can’t be Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz,” Markey said.

Cassidy town hall

Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, will host a town-hall meeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday in Zachary.

It will be at the Oakwood Village Senior Living Community at 4400 McHugh Road, Zachary.

Cassidy plans to discuss the federal budget, Medicare, Social Security, job growth and answer constituent questions.

Compiled by Gerard Shields, chief of The Advocate’s Washington bureau. His email address is