Dardenne was reelected to a four-year term in October 2011. He previously served one year in that position, four years as secretary of state and fifteen years as a state senator.
Dardenne is an attorney and a graduate of Baton Rouge High School, Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center He is an active community volunteer, who has received several honors for his service.
As Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor, Dardenne heads the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. He led the state’s bicentennial celebration throughout 2012 and published a list of the 200 Most Notable People in Louisiana history. He has chaired two major initiatives sponsored by America’s Wetland Foundation.
Earlier this year Governing.com named Dardenne one of fourteen national “Republicans to Watch.” In 2012, he received the National Public Leadership for the Arts Award from Americans for the Arts and the President’s Award from Louisiana Public Broadcasting. In 2011 he was recognized by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation for his “dedication to preserving the cultural heritage and historical resources of Louisiana.” He also was honored for his community and public service by the American Association of State Service Commissions with the inaugural “State Leader Award”.
“According to the results of a Science Magazine poll, Louisiana is America’s happiest state,” says Dardenne on the state’s website, “and there’s a reason for that. We love our land. We love our cuisine. And we love our rich varieties of music.
“Our unique and authentic culture is celebrated throughout the world. If you simply want to hunt, fish, bicycle, camp, hike, sail or watch birds, Louisiana is your destination. We offer experiences for every taste.”
Lieutenant Governor Dardenne conducts a presentation entitled “Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi,” a lively and colorful look at Louisiana’s culture, history, music and politics.