State Rep. Beverly Gourdon Bruce of Mansfield has served in the Louisiana House of Representatives for over 11 years and was re-elected in 1999 and 2003 to her second and third terms without opposition. Prior to her election in 1995, she served as teacher of home economics in the public-school system for nine years and as a home economist with the LSU Agricultural Center-Research and Extension Service for 23 years. She retired from her DeSoto Parish Extension position in 1996 to devote full-time service in the House of Representatives.

Bruce received a degree in Home Economics Education from Northwestern in 1956 and a master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations in 1964. She also did post-graduate work at Louisiana State University.

Bruce has received numerous honors during her years of public service including Who’s Who of American Women, Outstanding Legislator of the Year for 1997, the Louisiana Association of Educators 2001 Outstanding Legislator and the LSU Ag Center 2002 4-H Distinguished Service Award. Bruce has championed character education in the Louisiana public school system and appropriated funds to finance the Character Counts program, which promotes ethics in both public elementary and secondary schools, as well as inmates incarcerated by the Department of Corrections.