Quotes by: Kathleen Blanco

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Kathleen Blanco
54th Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 12, 2004 – January 14, 2008
Lieutenant Mitch Landrieu
Preceded by Mike Foster
Succeeded by Bobby Jindal
50th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
January 8, 1996 – January 12, 2004
Governor Mike Foster
Preceded by Melinda Schwegmann
Succeeded by Mitch Landrieu
Member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission
from the 2nd district
In office
1989–1996
Preceded by ???
Succeeded by Jimmy Field
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
1984–1989
Succeeded by Jerry LeBlanc
Personal details
Born Kathleen Babineaux
(1942-12-15) December 15, 1942 (age 74)
New Iberia, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Raymond Blanco
Children 6
Alma mater University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Religion Roman Catholicism

We have witnessed the most extraordinary devastation. The magnitude of the situation is unbelievable. It's just heartbreaking.
Kathleen Blanco
I know that government doesn't have the all solutions that real solutions do not come from the top down. Instead, the ways to end poverty come from all of us. We are part of the solution.
Kathleen Blanco
Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty.
Kathleen Blanco
We didn't lose as many lives as had been predicted although we're still in the process of finding those we lost.
Kathleen Blanco
When I'm out hustling up new industries, I can offer Louisiana's many selling points. We have unmatched natural resources, a unique culture and fantastic workers.
Kathleen Blanco
Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every education person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
Kathleen Blanco
At the state level, we must take a careful look at what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. The buck stops here, and as your governor, I take full responsibility.
Kathleen Blanco
Let me be clear - I want all Louisiana citizens to have choice - including the elderly and persons with disabilities - and their families - who rely on the state for their care.
Kathleen Blanco
When your whole system, your whole civilized system goes down, this is pretty much what you get left with. We have no communications, no running water, no electricity, no real help.
Kathleen Blanco
The first light of day today revealed what we had feared. The devastation is greater than our worst fears. It's just totally overwhelming.
Kathleen Blanco
My values, our values, aren't about pointing fingers. They are about offering a helping hand.
Kathleen Blanco
God calls us to care for our fellow man, especially the neediest. I feel that call to lift up the less fortunate; the call to improve our communities and our state. It drives me to serve Louisiana as governor.
Kathleen Blanco
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