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April 2004 file photo. Governor Kathleen Blanco, left, and her husband, Raymond, attend the gala opening of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Campus.

The Louisiana Political Hall of Fame plans to induct five people during a banquet next month in Lafayette. Tickets for the Feb. 23 event at the Cajundome Convention Center Festival Ballroom (Second Floor) are $125 each for open seating and can be obtained from the hall at (318) 628-5928 by Feb. 1.

This year's inductees:

EDWIN A. LOMBARD – Judge Edwin A. Lombard is a graduate of Xavier Preparatory High School. He attended Tulane University as a Rockefeller Fellow from 1964-67 and went on to attend Southern University and Loyola University Schools of Law. Judge Lombard was a Roosevelt Fellow at Loyola University School of Law, from which he graduated in 1970. Judge Lombard was elected as Clerk of Criminal District Court in 1973, where he served as the Chief Election Officer for Orleans Parish until 2003. He was elected to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, where he took office in January 2003 and he is still serving. He has been involved in elections throughout the world. Working tirelessly in the community, Judge Lombard served as President of Algiers-Fischer Community Organization, Board Member of New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, Board Member of TOTAL Community Action Inc., and has worked with health and dental clinics in the Algiers-Fisher Community. Judge Lombard has been involved in writing various laws and procedures in such historic events as the Dayton Peace Accord of Bosnia, the Indonesian Presidential Election and South African Local Elections.

RAYMOND S. BLANCO — Louisiana's first and only First Gentleman, Blanco served as an adviser to his wife Kathleen, who was unbeaten in her races for the Louisiana House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, lieutenant governor and governor. He also has advised other candidates for state and local offices. As a coach, he led Catholic High of New Iberia to the Acadiana region's first state title in 11-man football before leaving to be an assistant at what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

MARION D. EDWARDS — Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Freeport McMoRan Inc. from 1983-1995 and a political consultant to governmental affairs for the same company from 1995-1999. He also worked with his brother Edwin, the former governor, on a number of political campaigns. From 1958-1996 he was campaign manager and treasurer for 18 local, parish, district, state and national elections.

RON GOMEZ — A former Baton Rouge and Lafayette broadcaster elected to the Legislature. Gomez successfully argued that a new basketball arena should be built for what was then the University of Southwestern Louisiana and also chaired a key committee when lawmakers passed multi-parish banking legislation.

PAUL HARDY — A former state senator who also served terms as secretary of state and lieutenant governor. In 1979, he carried 18 of the state's 64 parishes but failed to make the runoff by 4 percentage points. In 2004, he was inducted into the Living Legends Hall of Fame of the Acadian Museum in Erath.

RICHARD E. ZUSCHLAG — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Acadian Companies, which he founded in 1971. He served on the Bush-Clinton Coastal Recovery Fund committee. Helped negotiate with the phone company for the first enhanced 911 system in the state, which gave the operator both the address and the phone number for persons calling. He was inducted into the Acadian Museum Hall of Fame as a Living Legend in 2005.

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