Thursday, August 11, 2004

LeSueur named to DRA position Regional position

Pete Johnson, federal co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), announces that Holly Springs native Clinton LeSueur has been named director of the Authority’s Faith-Based Initiatives (FBI), effective July 1, 2005.

“We are indeed pleased that Clinton LeSueur will be joining the Delta Regional Authority as the director of Faith-Based Initiatives,” Johnson said. “His enthusiasm for helping the people of this region is contagious, and we are excited about his joining our team.”

Before joining the DRA, LeSueur worked as a legislative analyst in Washington, D.C. for the city council. An award-winning professional journalist, he has worked as a news assistant and reporter at USA Today newspaper in Arlington, Va., where he received the “Voice of Courage Award” for writing about health issues. He also worked as a political reporter for TV Technology Magazine in Falls Church, Va., where he reported on the workings of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the House Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Sub-Committee on Capitol Hill. LeSueur began his career as a reporter for the Washington Afro-American newspaper in Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s oldest African-American newspapers.

His volunteer service includes serving for five years with the “I Have A Dream Foundation,” a nationwide network of projects dedicated to keeping at-risk children in school while he was in graduate school, completing a one-year program as an AmeriCorp volunteer and mentoring students in local urban schools.

LeSueur earned a master’s degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C., where his studies focused on American government. He also completed a three-month internship in the Political Analysis Office at the White House as a part of his curriculum. In 1994, LeSueur received his bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Rust College, which is located in Holly Springs, his hometown.

Mississippi Senator Trent Lott is familiar with LeSueur’s civic and professional work and is pleased that he is joining the authority.

“Clinton brings a wealth of experience in cutting through the bureaucracy of government, bringing together people with solutions, and taking those solutions to those most in need,” Lott said. “His talent, compassion and get-it-done attitude are exactly what we need at the Delta Regional Authority.”

LeSueur said, “I look forward to working with federal co-chairman Pete Johnson, the governors of the eight states in the region as well as the members of Congress who represent the 240 counties and parishes that comprise the DRA.”

The 10th of 15 children, including three sets of twins, his parents, Jeremiah and Hazel LeSueur, raised a close-knit family where the values of religion, education, hard work, and perseverance were stressed. Born and raised in Holly Springs, most of his siblings continue to live there today, where his father is pastor of Tabernacle of Prayer Overcoming Church of God.

“I appreciate the opportunity to head up the president’s Faith Based Initiative program for the Delta region,” LeSueur said. “I am a man of faith and believe that organizations of faith can and should play a greater role in revitalizing our communities.”

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