Louisiana WFC Has New Chairman

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The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission voted unanimously to name Steve Oats the chairman of the commission for 2010 at their Jan. 7 meeting. Stephen Sagrera of Abbeville was elected unanimously as vice-chairman.

Oats, who resides in Lafayette, replaces the outgoing chairman, Robert Samanie III. He has served on the commission since April of 2007.

Oats is a Ducks Unlimited Lifetime Sponsor, National Rifle Association Lifetime Member, Coastal Conservation Association member and an instrument-rated pilot. He also belongs to the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and is a Lifetime Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He currently serves on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Athletic Foundation and is a member of Rotary International. Oats is a founding partner in the law firm of Oats and Hudson.

"As a lifelong resident of Louisiana and a trained legal professional, I am interested in conserving and promoting Louisiana's wildlife resources," Oats said. "My education and background has prepared me to assist in supporting the wildlife and fish habitats of Louisiana for future generations."

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.louisiana.gov.