ATLANTA -- Louisiana Governor-elect Edwin Edwards on Monday named longtime state Rep. Raymond Laborde to serve as the state's top fiscal manager.

Rep. Laborde, who will take over as commissioner of administration when Mr. Edwards is sworn in on Jan. 13, succeeds Dennis Stine, who was appointed by departing Gov. Buddy Roemer. Rep. Laborde, elected a Democratic representative from Marksville in 1972, was House floor leader for Gov. Roemer since 1988 and for Mr. Edwards during the former goveror's three previous terms between 1972 and 1988. Rep. Laborde also is a member of the State Bond Commission.

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