Wildlife and Fisheries
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Robert Barham, of Oak Ridge, has served as a State Senator for Louisiana’s 33rd District, representing Morehouse, Union, East Carroll, West Carroll, and parts of Claiborne and Ouachita Parishes, from 1994 to the end of this year, 2007. In the Senate, he served as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and was a member of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, the Senate Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Retirement Committee, and he served as a member of the Legislative Rural Task Force. Barham also previously served as chairman of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee for eight years.
Barham served as a councilman for the Town of Oak Ridge from 1989 to 1994, and before that he served as mayor of the town from 1982 to 1988. He also formerly served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.
In 1999, Barham received the Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and the National Award for Conservation of Natural Resources from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Barham was awarded the Outstanding Individual in Agriculture Award from the Louisiana Ag Council in 2000 and the Legislator of the Year Award from the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce in 2002. Barham has also been honored with the John D. Newsom Award for Wildlife Stewardship and the LSU Extension Service Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Barham is a member of the LSU Ag Center Advisory Committee for Northeast Louisiana and is a past chairman of the LSU College of Agriculture Development Committee. He is a 2007 Inductee into the LSUAA Hall of Distinction, and his family sponsored a scholarship in Wildlife Management and an exhibit in the LSU Museum of Natural History. Barham has a bachelor’s of science from LSU, a master’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University and is a graduate of LSU’s Ag Leadership School.