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In a press release from the White House yesterday, President Joe Biden appointed state representative Ted James to serve as a regional administrator in the U.S Small Business Administration, region 6.

James was chosen by Biden alongside six of the following individuals to serve leadership roles at the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • Dean Schamore, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Kentucky
  • Joe Aull, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Missouri
  • John Berge, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Nebraska
  • Kathleen Williams, USDA State Director, Rural Development, Montana
  • Sarah Waring, USDA State Director, Rural Development, Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Jason Pu, HUD Regional Administrator, Region 9
  • Edward “Ted” James, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 6

There are a total of 10 SBA Regional Offices, which are led by Regional Administrators. The appointees will oversee the SBA’s 68 district offices, guaranteeing the objectives and goals of the Agency are being met by each office and field operation staff.

The district offices are the point of delivery for most SBA programs and services, providing quality service to the local small business community. They work with SBA resource partners and intermediaries to accomplish the SBA mission of assisting America’s small businesses.

“These regional appointees will be critical to the President’s efforts to rebuild communities most impacted by the pandemic, the economic recovery, and climate change.” reads a statement from the White House. “They bring deep expertise in their issue areas as well as critical relationships with the federal, state, tribal, and local leaders,”

A native of Baton Rouge, LA, James is a two-time graduate of Southern University and A&M College; He was elected in November 2011 to serve as chairman of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and chairman of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus.

As the SBA 6 Regional Administrator, James will oversee district offices in 5 states, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.

In addition to the Legislature, James currently serves as Director of Operations for the Baton Rouge office of the Urban League of Louisiana.

James plans to step down from his legislative position in January. A press conference on his departure is slated for next week.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on Pres. Joseph R. Biden’s appointment of Louisiana State Rep. Ted James as Regional Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator for Region 6,Gov. Edwards said:
“Congratulations to my friend Ted James, who has been a fierce advocate for the people of Louisiana during his years of service as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He has been a leader on many issues, especially criminal justice reform. He has been a strong partner, and he has challenged me at times. Ted is never afraid to speak up for what is right and work hard for those he represents, and that is why he is an excellent choice for this position. I will miss having him as a confidant in the State Capitol, but President Biden picked an experienced and accomplished Louisiana leader when he selected Ted for this job.”

Louisiana House Speaker Clay Schexnayder issued the following statement today regarding the recent federal appointment of State Representative Edward “Ted” James”:

“Congratulations to Representative Ted James on his appointment as the administrator of Region 6 of the federal Small Business Administration. We are happy for him and proud that one of our colleagues has been selected, but at the same time, we will deeply feel his loss in the House of Representatives. Ted brings experience and expertise in a number of areas that will be missed within our Legislative body. He has been an excellent chairman of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and an effective leader of the Legislative Black Caucus. Many years of experience in various roles and levels of state government have made Ted a valuable leader with a huge amount of knowledge that will be sorely missed by the House but will serve him greatly and benefit small businesses in the southern region as he moves into his new position. We will miss Ted as a fellow member and wish him the very best in his new journey. He and I will discuss the timing of his transition and I will then determine when to call a special election to fill his House seat.”