Blanco, Kathleen (1942–)

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Blanco, Kathleen (1942–)

American politician. Name variations: Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. Born Kathleen Babineaux, Dec 15, 1942, in New Iberia, Louisiana; attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette; m. Raymond Blanco, 1964; children: 6.

As a Democrat, elected to Louisiana House (1984); worked for Louisiana Public Service Commission (1989–95); served 2 terms as lieutenant governor starting 1996; became Louisiana's 1st female governor (2003), and was criticized for her response to Hurricane Katrina.