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Representative Mike Strain Enters Agriculture Commissioner Race

Strain Pledges to Reform the Department of Agriculture

COVINGTON, LA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 02/22/07 -- Republican State Representative and veterinarian Michael G. "Mike" Strain, DVM, officially announced his candidacy today for Agriculture Commissioner. Strain is running against Bob Odom who has been Commissioner of Agriculture since 1979.

"I am running to provide new leadership, new reforms and innovative ideas to the Department of Agriculture. Just about every agricultural commodity in our state has shrunk over the last six years, but the bureaucracy of the Department of Agriculture continues to grow. It's time the Department served the taxpayers and farming community and not the other way around," said Strain.

"My experience, education and upbringing has prepared me for this important challenge, and with your help we will reform the Department of Agriculture, and we will change the way Louisiana does business," Strain added.

Strain, a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), has led a private practice dealing with livestock and pets for nearly a quarter century. Strain has written and published several scientific articles including one in this month's issue of Veterinary Medicine dealing with emerging diseases and agricultural issues. Dr. Strain is also a lecturer in Bioterrorism Awareness Education for livestock in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Strain was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. He serves on the following committees: Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development; Commerce; and Health and Welfare. He is past Chairman of the Legislative Rural Caucus.

Strain's family has been in farming, specifically in cattle and timber for generations. He was educated in St. Tammany Parish public schools and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University.

At the announcement Strain was joined by his wife of 22 years, Susan Searcy Strain, DVM, and their two children. The Strains currently live in Covington and attend St. Jane's Catholic Church in Abita Springs.


Representative Strain is a Republican from Covington, Louisiana. He is married to Susan Searcy Strain and they have two children, Melissa and Michael. Representative Strain graduated Covington High School and went on the graduate from Louisiana State University in 1983 having earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Since that time he has owned and operated his own Veterinary Animal Hospital along side his wife, who is also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

While maintaining a successful veterinary practice, Representative Strain has been ever present in community and civic involvement. He served 17 years with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Reserves, as a Lieutenant in the Special Operations Division and was very active serving as a Commissioner for St. Tammany Parish Fire District 12. Recently St. Tammany Parish Government appointed Representative Strain to serve on the Local Emergency Preparedness Planning Committee.

Representative Strain was chosen one of three veterinarians from Louisiana to train in bioterrorism awareness sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control through the Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University. He was trained on how to help increase public awareness and understanding of the potential for zoonotic diseases and the systems and agencies in place for protection from bioterrorism agents.

Representative Strain was first elected in 2000 as Representative of House District 74 with 70% of the vote and recently ran unopposed in last Fall's elections winning reelection to his second term. His District encompasses the parishes of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington. He currently serves on three House committees, Commerce, Health and Welfare, and Agriculture.

Representative Strain is the immediate Past-Chairman of the Northshore Legislative Delegation and was first elected in 2003 as Chairman of the Legislative Rural Caucus which is the largest Legislative Caucus. Representative Strain was reelected in 2004 to serve once again as Chairman of the Legislative Rural Caucus.

The Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine awarded Representative Strain with the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award and in recognition of his hard work and his dedication to his public service duties. He has also been named Legislator of the Year by the St. Tammany Parish Alliance for Good Government.

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