Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Longtime politician Karen Carter Peterson resigns from State Senate

Longtime New Orleans-based state senator Karen Carter Peterson has resigned. It ends a political career that’s spanned over 20 years. Senate President Paige Cortez confirmed he received the resignation Friday morning. Peter, released a statement regarding her resignation from the Louisiana State Senate, which became effective at 11:59 am Friday.”Since 1999, I’ve had the privilege to serve as a member of the Louisiana Legislature offering passionate and vigorous advocacy on behalf of the people of this great state. I am hopeful that my decades of service have had a positive impact on the lives of those for whom I have fought. I truly believe I have helped to advance our beloved state forward. I am proud of my years of service in Baton Rouge and sincerely thank my constituents for giving me the opportunity to represent their interests. I am also very grateful for all of the personal and professional support I have received from my colleagues, legislative staff, advocates, friends and family.As I’ve previously shared, I have personally struggled with depression and a gambling addiction for the entirety of my legislati ve career; in fact, it has been closed for 30 years. At this time, I must place all of my energy on my own mental health and personal well-being, and therefore have tendered my resignation effective immediately. Today, I am truly blessed to have the things that are most important in life: a loving relationship with my God and my family. I will be focused on my recovery and will continue to address those challenges resulting from my addiction. It is my intention to continue my service in the months and years to come in an area that will help others avoid the devastation, guilt, shame and pain of this insidious disease. I humbly ask for prayers and support as I continue my journey of recovery and redemption. God Bless the State of Louisiana.” Peterson, 52, was first elected to the state house in 1999 and then the senate in 2010. She’s the former head of the Louisiana Democratic party, and in 2008 served as the Democratic National Committee Woman for Louisiana In 2019, Peterson admitted she had a gambling addiction and abruptly step down as the leader of the state Democratic party.It came after Peterson was cited for being in a Baton Rouge casino after she was on a list that bared her from going into gaming facilities.Peterson twice ran for Congress – making it to the run-off each time and losing.In 2006, following Hurricane Katrina, and again last year – when she lost to Troy Carter.Thursday morning Peterson addressed the full senate, and talked about her personal issues and her journey.Peterson’s district includes both the east and Westbank – as well as all of downtown and the CBD.Her now open seat should be on the ballot this fall.Peterson’s father is Ken Carter.He was a long time polite tical in New Orleans.

Longtime New Orleans-based state senator Karen Carter Peterson has resigned. It ends a political career that’s spanned over 20 years. Senate President Paige Cortez confirmed he received the resignation Friday morning.

Peterson, released a statement regarding her resignation from the Louisiana State Senate, which became effective at 11:59 am Friday.

“Since 1999, I’ve had the privilege to serve as a member of the Louisiana Legislature offering passionate and vigorous advocacy on behalf of the people of this great state. I am hopeful that my decades of service have had a positive impact on the lives of those for whom I have fought. I truly believe I have helped to advance our beloved state forward. I am proud of my years of service in Baton Rouge and sincerely thank my constituents for giving me the opportunity to represent their interests. I am also very grateful for all of the personal and professional support I have received from my colleagues, legislative staff, advocates, friends and family.

As I’ve previously shared, I have personally struggled with depression and a gambling addiction for the entirety of my legislative career; in fact, it has been closed for 30 years. At this time, I must place all of my energy on my own mental health and personal well-being, and therefore have tendered my resignation effective immediately.

Today, I am truly blessed to have the things that are most important in life: a loving relationship with my God and my family. I will be focused on my recovery and will continue to address those challenges resulting from my addiction. It is my intention to continue my service in the months and years to come in an area that will help others avoid the devastation, guilt, shame and pain of this insidious disease.

I humbly ask for prayers and support as I continue my journey of recovery and redemption. God Bless the State of Louisiana.”

Peterson, 52, was first elected to the state house in 1999 and then the senate in 2010. She’s the former head of the Louisiana Democratic party, and in 2008 served as the Democratic National Committee Woman for Louisiana. In 2019, Peterson admitted she had a gambling addiction and abruptly step down as the leader of the state Democratic party.

It came after Peterson was cited for being in a Baton Rouge casino after she was on a list that bared her from going into gaming facilities.

Peterson twice ran for Congress – making it to the run-off each time and losing. In 2006, following Hurricane Katrina, and again last year – when she lost to Troy Carter.

Thursday morning Peterson addressed the full senate, and talked about her personal issues and her journey.

Peterson’s district includes both the east and Westbank – as well as all of downtown and the CBD.

Her now open seat should be on the bundle this fall.

Peterson’s father is Ken Carter. He was a long time political in New Orleans.

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