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|Barham excellent choice for wildlife job|
Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal could not have made a better decision in appointing outgoing state Sen. Robert Barham to serve as the next secretary of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Jindal recently announced Barham's appointment, which must be confirmed by the Senate.
Barham, who was barred from running for re-election for his District 33 Senate seat because of term limits, will succeed former Rep. Bryant Hammett of Ferriday.
From most accounts, Hammett did a fine job in his brief tenure at Wildlife and Fisheries. We wish him well in his future endeavors, though Louisiana will miss Hammett's steady hand in serving in an appointed or elected capacity in state government.
A long-time farmer from Oak Ridge whose family has a distinguished track record of public service in Louisiana, Barham said his top priority as secretary at Wildlife and Fisheries will center on efforts to save the state's wetlands. That certainly would be a good endeavor for Barham to tackle in light of the disappearance of one of the state's most valuable resources.
We suspect Barham realizes, though, that he will face a host of challenges in serving as secretary of a state agency whose actions affect every single man, woman and child in Louisiana.
Yet, we can speak with some authority in saying Barham is more than capable of meeting every challenge he encounters at Wildlife and Fisheries. He is a man of impeccable character.
We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that Barham will stand as the only cabinet-level member of Jindal's administration who hails from northeast Louisiana.
That is a plus for the region, too.