JOHN E. BROUSSARD, JR. - FESTIVAL HONOREE


Johnny and his wife, Gail, live in Fairfax, VA. Prior to moving to Fairfax in 1978, he and Gail lived on North Avenue F in Crowley. Johnny was active in the International Rice Festival, serving as International Rice Festival President in 1977 and as an active member of St. Michael’s Church.

Johnny and Gail have four children: John, Claire, David, and Nicole. They and their families all live in Northern Virginia. John and Elizabeth Broussard have four sons: Patrick, Connor, Aidan, and Liam. Claire and Chris LeSuer have two children, Brennan and Caelyn. David and Kayla Broussard have one daughter, Cameron, and one son, Tyson. Nicole and Hunter Brown are the parents of one daughter, Parker.

Johnny received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1969 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In September of 1969, he began his teaching career in Acadia Parish. During his nearly eight years in education, he was a classroom teacher at Crowley Junior High, Midland High, and Crowley High. Johnny also worked part-time for local radio stations KAJN and KSIG.

In 1978, Johnny left the classroom and transitioned into politics. From 1978 to 2004, he served as Press Secretary, Legislative Assistant, and Projects Director for U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator John Breaux of Louisiana. While serving in these positions, Johnny assisted Rep. and Sen. Breaux and his rice-industry and other Louisiana agricultural constituents with several farm and farm-related bills and the related regulatory programs, including commodity policy, conservation, disaster relief, agricultural trade, agricultural loans, and international food aid. He also assisted with public works, wetlands, and other legislative and regulatory issues. He was Sen. Breaux’s staff representative on the U.S. Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. He also coordinated, as Sen. Breaux’s Projects Director, the work of the Projects Office staff, assisting individual constituents, universities, local governments, rice and other Louisiana agricultural sectors, and business and other organizations with federal grant and other programs. He retired from the U.S. Senate in December 2004.

In March 2005, Johnny became the Director of Industry Affairs and Communications for the USA Rice Federation. He assisted the Vice-President of Government Affairs and USA Rice Federation members with Congressional legislative and federal-government regulatory issues related to agricultural conservation, sustainability, trade, international food aid, and food safety. From 2005 to 2013, Johnny also wrote a weekly legislative and regulatory update and outlook when Congress was in session that was sent to USA Rice Federation Boards of Directors, and contributed issue-area news articles for the Federation’s online publication, USA Rice Daily. In 2009, he received the Rice Industry Award. Following his retirement from the USA Rice Federation in 2013, Johnny served as a consultant for the organization in 2014, assisting with conservation-related issues.

Today, Johnny and Gail enjoy being at home with family and are involved with church and family activities.