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Former Governor Kathleen Blanco inducted into RSEA Hall of Fame

Posted at 3:42 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 19:11:00-04

Former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has been inducted into the RSEA Hall of Fame.

Blanco was named a hall-of-famer in the Retired and Active State Employees Association at a ceremony on August 8.

The former governor was given the honor for her dedicated public service and support and contributions to state employees, both retired and active.

The ceremony was held at the Picard Center in Lafayette.

Blanco was too ill to attend the event; her husband attended to accept the honor in her place.

In July, Blanco was honored with a name change to a portion of Highway 90. That area, stretching from Lafayette east to Raceland was named Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Highway.

Blanco would later battle a rare eye cancer in 2011 and then the disease reappeared in 2017. She marked her 75th birthday that year by receiving an honorary doctorate from her alma mater UL , using her challenges to inspire the class of 2017.