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State leaders pay respects to Former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster

Posted at 6:22 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 22:39:12-04

State leaders are paying their respects to the family of friends of Former Governor Mike Foster.

The former governor's burial was held today, one week after he went into hospice care.

Many in attendance say foster was an approachable and honest man and they will continue to follow his example.

"I think it's important to remember what Governor Foster gave the state of Louisiana."

Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says Foster was a mentor to him and worked on his cabinet during his administration.

"The last thing he said to me was Bobby I always want you to do the right thing. He said as long as you do that I'll support you. He didn't care if you were a political supporter, he didn't care if you were a Democrat or Republican he always wanted to do the right thing, said Jindal.

Others in attendance, like former Franklin Mayor Sam Jones, commended Foster’s work as a state representative and his fight for higher education as governor.

"We are trying to continue the legacy he left for higher education, trying to get the teachers to the southern regional average those things that are important to move the state ahead. Without education how do we move ahead? We have to do that and he really laid the markers down in the modern sense,” said Jones.

Jindal says everyone can play a role in honoring Foster's legacy.

"Whether we are in elected office or in the private sector like I am now is every day that we can wake up and think how do we make Louisiana a better place,” said Jindal.

Governor Foster's museum at Franklin City Hall should be complete in the coming months.

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