Jan. 24, 2017 05:29 PM

Jim Beam

The Louisiana Political Hall of Fame will recognize a new crop of inductees on March 11 at the annual event, which returns home to Winnfield this year after traveling offsite in 2016 for a special ceremony in Lafayette.

It’s a diverse mix this go around, with a reporter, a lobbyist, a mayor and others joining the ranks at the political museum and hall of fame.

Being inducted as part of the 2017 class are Lake Charles American Press columnist Jim Beam, Judge Jimmy N. Dimos, Rev. Dr. T.J. Jemison Sr., late lobbyist Bud Mapes and West Monroe Mayor Dave N. Norris.

There are also some special awards this year:

— Crowley attorney Bill Broadhurst will receive the 2017 “Friend of Edwin Edwards Award.”

— Businessman Jimmy Gill Jr. will receive the 2017 “Friend of Russell Long Award.”

— Political consultant and author Gus Weill will receive the 2017 “Friend of John McKeithen Award.”

Read more about the inductees here.

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