Release Date: 08/21/2007

Steve Oats is the newest member of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, confirmed during the 2007 Regular Legislative Session.  Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed Oats for an at-large commission seat on April 30, replacing Terry Denmon, whose term had expired.

Oats was born in Lafayette and is a lifelong resident of Louisiana.  He is the managing partner in the law firm of Oats & Hudson that has offices in Lafayette, New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  Steve is a Ducks Unlimited Lifetime Sponsor, National Rifle Association Lifetime Member, Coastal Conservation Association member and an instrument-rated pilot.

Additionally, Steve belongs to the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and is a Lifetime Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.  He currently serves on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Athletic Foundation and is a member of Rotary International.

"As a lifelong resident of Louisiana and a trained legal professional, I am interested in conserving and promoting Louisiana's wildlife resources," said Oats.  "My education and background has prepared me to assist in supporting the wildlife and fish habitats of Louisiana for future generations."

The term of the at-large commission position that Oats fills will run through April 30, 2013.

For more information, contact Adam Einck 225-765-2465 or