Ben W. Nevers
Ben W. Nevers is a 1964 graduate of Bogalusa High School, a 1969 graduate of Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus and a Veteran of the United States Army. In 1980, he founded the Nevers Electrical Contracting Company. His was elected to the Bogalusa School Board in 1987 and served until 1994. Nevers was elected to a term in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1999 – 2003. He then served in the State Senate, District 12, from 2004 – 2016. As a Senator, he chaired many committees, including Labor and Industrial Relations, Education, Judiciary, and the Child Poverty Commission. In 2016, Nevers was chosen by Governor John Bel Edwards to lead his gubernatorial transition team, and then to serve as his Chief of Staff. He served in this position until February 2017. He has since chaired the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization and Southeast Louisiana Pregnancy Center for Woman and Children. Among his numerous awards are Southeastern Louisiana University Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree, induction into the AFL-CIO Hall of Fame and the Russell B. Long Legislative Service Award. He is a member of many associations including the American Legion, Gideons International and the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association. He and his wife, Ann reside in Bogalusa and have three children.