Who Is Ken Brass?

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The newest legislator-elect in Louisiana is Ken Brass, who turned a vice chairmanship on the St. James Parish Council into a 57 percent primary win over three opponents this past weekend.

Brass, 40, is an electrical engineer at BASF and his House District 58 is home to some of the largest chemical plants in the state. It’s estimated that more than 6,100 residents — out of 41,000 in the district — work in the industry.

It’s no wonder why Brass campaigned heavily on workforce training and vocational education. “That’s the policy area my very first bill will probably focus on,” Brass told LaPolitics in an interview earlier today. Drainage and transportation were secondly issues in his campaign as well.

Brass said he will be traveling to the Capitol tomorrow to meet with state and House leaders and will start inquiring about committee meetings and his swearing-in ceremony. The latter will happen over the next 30 days, and Brass said he believed he would be a great fit for the House Education Committee. But he’s open to any opportunities afforded him.

As for his free time, Brass is a huge sports fan — on practically every level. In additional to coaching in two leagues for basketball and softball, he said a routine weekend in the fall includes, when team schedules allow, a high school football game on Fridays, LSU or Southern on Saturdays and the Saints on Sundays.

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