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David Connor Treen

Birthplace: Baton Rouge, LA, USA
Death: Died in Metairie, LA, USA
Cause of death: Respiratory Failure
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Paul Treen and Elizabeth Treen
Husband of Dolores Treen
Father of <private> Treen
Brother of Joseph Paul Treen, Jr and John Treen

Occupation: 57th governor of Louisiana, Lawyer and U.S. Representative,Attorney in New Orleans involved in Republican Party activities
Managed by: Joel Scott Cognevich
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About David Connor Treen

David Connor Treen, the first Republican governor in Louisiana since Reconstruction, knew well the political realities of the state. After receiving the endorsement of four Democrats he had faced in the open primary, which helped him defeat Democrat Louis Lambert in the "run-off' election, Treen appointed them to positions in his administration or made them legislative leaders. During his administration, Louisiana truly became a two-party state.

Treen's term unfortunately coincided with a harsh downturn in the state's economy as the oil boom went "bust." His own quiet personality surprised Louisiana voters attracted to flamboyance. The combination resulted in Treen's defeat by Edwards in the 1983 election.

His accomplishments as Chief Executive included the appointment of more blacks to office than any other previous governor, the strengthening of teacher certification requirements, and the establishment of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.

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David Connor Treen's Timeline

July 16, 1928
Baton Rouge, LA, USA
October 29, 2009
Age 81
Metairie, LA, USA
Tulane University