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NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2010
Contact: Michael DiResto, 225-342-7000

Governor Jindal Announces New Commissioner of Administration

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that Paul Rainwater will serve as Commissioner of Administration, following the resignation of Angele Davis who is resigning to pursue work in the private sector. Davis’ resignation is effective August 8, 2010 and Rainwater will assume his new role on August 9, 2010.

Governor Jindal said, “Angele led us through some unprecedented budget challenges and our state is in a better posture today because of her cost-cutting approach and dedication to streamlining government. Paul Rainwater will be an effective leader at DOA, as he was at LRA and as Deputy Chief of Staff. The budget challenges facing our state are historic and his dynamic thinking and quick action will be essential to moving our state forward.”
 
Biography of Paul Rainwater:
Paul Rainwater most recently served as Governor Jindal’s Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Previously, Rainwater served as legislative director and chief of operations for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. From June 2006 to January 2007, he served as director of hazard mitigation and intergovernmental affairs at the LRA, where he managed program policies, served as team leader and coordinated with state and federal agencies to set mitigation priorities.  From July 2000 to June 2006, Rainwater served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Lake Charles.
 
Rainwater also formerly served as manager of governmental affairs for Conoco, Inc., Gulf Coast Business Unit in Baton Rouge from 1998 to July 2000; as manager of public affairs for ARCO Chemical in Lake Charles from 1995 to May 1998; and as administrative aide to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in Lake Charles from 1988 to 1996.
 
In addition to his public service duties, Rainwater also serves as a colonel with the Louisiana Army National Guard in the Joint Director of Military Support for Disaster Response Unit. He previously served as a lieutenant colonel in the Congressional Liaison Office of the Louisiana Army National Guard and as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves’ 336th Finance Command. For his military service, Rainwater has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
 
Rainwater earned a bachelor’s degree in government from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and is certified as a local government manager by Louisiana State University.

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