“I bring the right qualifications, record and plan to the Office of Secretary of State”

Baton Rouge, La- UL alumnus and current Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler (R-Mandeville) has entered the race to fill the unexpired term and a full term for that office. Tom was sworn in as Secretary of State on Monday, November 22, 2010 when then-Secretary of State Jay Dardenne was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor.

Schedler was appointed First Assistant Secretary of State in December of 2007. “This Fall, I am seeking election to the Office of Secretary of State to help protect the integrity of our election system, promote the history and traditions of our state and save taxpayer money by further improving the efficiency of the office,” said Secretary Schedler. “I need no on the job training”

Before becoming Secretary of State, Tom Schedler served three terms in the Louisiana State Senate representing parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. During his time in the legislature, Schedler received numerous awards and honors, including being named “Legislator of the Year” by the following groups: Alliance for Good Government, Louisiana Hospital Association, and Rural Hospital Coalition. In addition the New Orleans Chamber has named him “A Champion Of Business” several times. In 2006, Schedler was named Republican of the Year at the Annual Lincoln/Reagan Banquet.

“Every day, I am motivated to find ways to better serve the public and uphold the rich traditions and proud reputation of this office. Being Secretary of State is not a consolation prize nor should it be seen as a stepping stone to higher office. I bring the right qualifications, record and plan to the Office of Secretary of State. It is in trusted, steady hands right now,” Schedler said.

After being sworn into office last November, Secretary Schedler has continued to streamline operations in the office by eliminating vacant positions and moving services online. On the Commercial side, Schedler has put an emphasis on helping small businesses file their registration forms electronically. “Our staff has become customer service reps to businesses across the state, helping them file faster and easier,” Schedler said.

In addition to efficiencies implemented on the Commercial side, perhaps the most significant measure Schedler has pushed centers around a constitutional amendment to reduce the number of special elections in our state. In a study conducted by the Secretary of State, he found that among our southern counterparts, over a five-year period, Louisiana had twice as many elections (70) as the next closest state, Georgia (36). “In our current system, we have too many elections that are costing taxpayers too much money. By reducing the number of elections, we can save millions of dollars each year and increase the relevance of an election. As I go around the state promoting this  solution, the public reception has been amazing. They are tired of the politics that are being played with our election system,” Schedler stated.

Tom Schedler was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from De La Salle High School and received his Bachelor of Science from University of Louisiana in 1971. He is a licensed real estate broker, ex-bank president and board member. Schedler is married to his wife of 39 years, the former Stephanie Gele of Lafayette. She owns and operates hospice programs in
Louisiana and Mississippi. They have three daughters and two grandchildren. He and his family are Roman Catholic and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mandeville.

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