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David Connor Treen
Governor of Louisiana

Preceded by Edwin W. Edwards
Governor by Election
Served from March 10, 1980
Served to March 12, 1984
Left Office by Term Ended
Succeeded by Edwin W. Edwards
Military 1st Lt. - U.S. Air Force
1951 - 1952
Born July 16, 1928
Baton Rouge
Died October 29, 2009
Cause Respiratory Failure
Age 81
Party Republican
Education Tulane University
Profession Lawyer
Spouse Dolores Brisbi
Wed in May 1951
Children 1 son, 2 daughters
Religion Methodist
Burial St. Timothy United Methodist Church

1980 - 1984

David Conner Treen, 57th governor of Louisiana, died in 2009.  He is buried at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Mandeville, La.

Determined to serve his state, he ran unsuccessfully for the House of Representatives in 1962, 1964 and 1968 against Hale Boggs.  He was unsuccessful in a run for governor in 1972.

Elected to Congress in 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1978, he then resigned to become Governor of Louisiana in 1980.

Treen was the first Republican congressman from Louisiana since reconstruction and the first Republican governor of Louisiana in more than 100 years, since William Pitt Kellogg (1873-1877). 

As governor, he created the Department of Environmental Quality, increased state recreational resources, appointed numerous blacks to office despite receiving but 2% of their vote, and increased teacher certification requirements.

He was unsuccessful in his reelection bid, losing to former two-term governor Edwin W. Edwards.

Following his service as governor, Treen was appointed to head the 1984 federal Garrison Diversion Project commission. This project would bring water to 250,000 acres of North Dakota farmland.




Congressional Biography
La. Secretary of State

National Governors Association


Treen Over Lambert in Close Election for Governor, Augusta Chronicle, 12-12-1979
Treen Credited with Saving Grambling and Southern, Chicago Metro, 10-03-1981
Treen Heads Federal Water Commission, Trenton News, 08-12-1984
Treen's Brother Bashed in Article, Augusta Chronicle, 03-18-1989 (bottom right)
Obituary, New York Times, 10-29-2009

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