Government & Politics

Live chat Thursday: Rep. Cameron Henry discusses state budget, Common Core

State Rep. Cameron Henry will be online Thursday at 1 p.m. to chat with Lens readers about several hot-button issues, including Common Core, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed state budget and an effort to kill Jefferson Parish’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies.

Henry is sponsoring one bill that would repeal the Common Core standards and another that would give school districts the right to opt out. He is a leader of the Fiscal Hawks, a group of conservative lawmakers who joined with Democrats last year to force Jindal to minimize accounting gimmicks in his budget.

Henry, 39, is a second-term Republican who represents Old Metairie, Old Jefferson and Airline Park. Before his 2007 election, he spent six years as a legislative aide to then-state Rep. Steve Scalise, who is now in Congress. Henry, the father of four, has a company that manages development projects.

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About Tyler Bridges

Tyler Bridges covers Louisiana politics and public policy for The Lens. He returned to New Orleans in 2012 after spending the previous year as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied digital journalism. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a reporter for the Miami Herald, where he was twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams while covering state government, the city of Miami and national politics. He also was a foreign correspondent based in South America. Before the Herald, he covered politics for seven years at The Times-Picayune. He is the author of The Rise of David Duke (1994) and Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards (2001). He can be reached at (504) 810-6222.