Senator Sharon Weston Broome

Senator Sharon Weston Broome

A Leading Lady in Louisiana: President Pro Tempore Sharon Weston Broome 

Faith, Strength, and Passion is an embracive recipe for President Pro Tempore of the Louisiana State Senate, Sharon Weston Broome. She tastefully exemplifies the meaning of impact, mentorship, and service throughout her community and her experience in leadership illustrates her dedication and commitment under the umbrella of public service. During her tenure in the legislature, Weston Broome has been strongly involved in the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (N.O.B.E.L), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.

Many are fascinated by Senator Weston Broome’s impact in areas that may have not been viewed as achievable. For example, Weston Broome is part of the small percentage of women in government nationwide (24%) and state-wide (10.26 %). In addition, she is the only woman in the history of Louisiana who has been Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives and Vice President of the Louisiana Senate.  Senator Weston Broome is devoted to being a role model and an example to young ladies who aspire to follow the path she has gracefully created as it relates to accomplishing the unordinary. Senator Weston Broome believes. “Your care for others is the true measure of your greatness.

Inarguably keen, Louisiana State Senator Weston Broome received a Bachelors and Master in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Regent University, respectively. Her interest in communications and leadership was sparked at an early age and eventually lead to an attraction toward political matters. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her talents and expertise became even more conspicuous during her time as a reporter for WBRZ-TV (ABC-Baton Rouge). Today, she is a nationally recognized communications consultant and President of Sharon Weston Broome Communication, Inc.

Transitioning into other essential roles to serve citizens in the state of Louisiana, Senator Weston Broome was first elected in 1989 to the Metro Council in Baton Rouge After serving locally in the city of Baton Rouge, she broadened her service to an increasing commitment on the state-level, which lead to 13 years representing District 29. As a consequence of her work ethic, she ultimately made history as the first female elected to Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives.  In 2005, Sharon Weston Broome earned her current title as Louisiana State Senator and in 2008 she became President Pro Tempore.

Though her drive and commitment began 25 years ago, she has remained impactful and relevant throughout communities. “There is more work to be done in Louisiana which the citizens deserve to see prioritized. I will continue to strive for effective outcomes as it relates to education and learning, closing the poverty gap, and health disparity. These issues affect so many citizens who work effortlessly to make a living for their families; I will do my best to lead the needs of my constituents to the hands of the ones who could help bring change, and that, my friend, is not a job; it’s a calling.”

About the Author

Sarah Brown, a native of Jackson, Mississippi is the twenty-three year old daughter of Mr. Keith Brown and Ms. Jawanaday Kay Blue. As a Masters of Public Administration candidate at Louisiana State University, Sarah is thoroughly involved in outreach programs and research that focuses on poverty stricken females. In May 2013, Sarah received her Bachelors of Science in Physics. She was chosen by her peers to represent the University as Miss Jackson State University in a campus wide election held during the spring 2012 academic semester. Sarah Brown will graduate from the Master of Public Administration Program at Louisiana State University in May 2015. After graduation, Sarah plans to implement more programs for at-risk and underrepresented adolescents that will work towards addressing economic competitiveness and inequality.


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Women In Government supports women of all ages in leadership roles, and is working hard to ensure that young women are given the resources and mentorship they need in order to achieve their goals. This program takes place at WIG Regional conferences, where WIG asks women state legislators and leaders in the private sector to encourage young women across the country to pursue leadership roles. This program is made possible by Southwest Airlines.