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Being a legislator’s spouse sometimes is no picnic

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Martha Reynolds, left, wife of Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Dubberly, and Carol Shadoin, wife of Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, are active in the Louisiana Legislative Spouses Association and are regular observers in the House chamber. Courtesy Photo

BATON ROUGE – When the Legislature is in session, the separation from family and regular job for almost three months can be tough on lawmakers and their families.

The Louisiana Legislative Spouses Auxiliary serves “like a support group for each other” and for their spouses during sessions, says Carol Shadoin, wife of Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston. The group is made up of men and women who are married to legislators in the House and Senate.

Carol and fellow LLSA member Martha Reynolds, wife of Rep. Gene Reynolds, D-Dubberly, say that being retired and having grown children gives them and several other spouses

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