Louisiana alumnus J. Thomas "Tom" Schedler was sworn in as secretary of state on Monday, November, 22, 2010, filling the remaining year on an unexpired term. Schedler was appointed first assistant secretary of state in December of 2007 under former Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.

Schedler was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 1996 and served three terms representing the 11th Senatorial District which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes.

His governmental experience consists of serving as a councilman on the Slidell City Council from July 1990 to January 1996 having been elected president and vice president of that body during his terms of office. He was also the president of the St. Tammany Municipal Association in 1995 and served as chairman of the Slidell Board of Zoning and Adjustment from 1984 to 1990.

He received numerous awards and honors during his legislative career including Legislator of the Year from numerous health care related groups in the state such as the Rural Hospital Coalition, the Louisiana Hospital Association, the Metro Hospital Council of New Orleans, State Hospice Organization, several mental health associations and the nursing home industry among others.

Additionally as a member of the Senate, Schedler received honors for his legislative efforts from the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, having received numerous Business Champion Awards for Economic Development, Health care and State Budget reform measures. The Louisiana Municipal Association also honored him on numerous occasions during his career.

He was named Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government in 2000 and Republican of the Year in 2006 at the Annual Lincoln/Reagan Banquet. He was elected to two terms as a member of the Republican State Central Committee; by his peers in the Senate to serve as chairman of the Republican Delegation; and attended the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia as a George W. Bush delegate.

Professionally, he is a Realtor; serves on the Board of Trustees of a 156-bed regional hospital and medical center; and serves on the advisory board of Whitney National Bank of New Orleans. He additionally has interests in several other businesses. He previously held the position as director of a hospital health foundation and was the director of managed care services and business development for a 172-bed St. Tammany Parish hospital. He formerly served as president/chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of a local savings bank; board member of an $800 million regional national bank; and president of the Rotary Club of Slidell and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of numerous civic organizations and is a CASA trained court appointee.

Schedler was born and reared in New Orleans. He graduated from De LaSalle High School in 1967 prior to receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May 1971. In 1999, he was honored by his high school as one of De LaSalle High School's 125 outstanding graduates over the school's first 50 years. In 1991, he graduated from the Leadership Louisiana program sponsored by the Council for a Better Louisiana. In that same year, he was also honored as Slidell's Citizen of the Year and Slidell’s Employer of the Year. He and his family were also nominated for the Slidell Family of the Year.

He was the 2008 chairman of the Northshore American Heart Association fundraising effort and was twice chairman of the St. Tammany United Way. He was the 2010 Census chairman of the Louisiana State Complete Count Committee.

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 members of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Mandeville. He resides during the week in Baton Rouge with his primary residence in Mandeville.

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