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LABI Welcomes Rabalais to Communications Team

January 9, 2020

BATON ROUGE, LA (January 9, 2020) – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) announced today that Mitch Rabalais will come aboard as Communications Manager at the end of January. Rabalais currently works at Louisiana State University, serving as Communications Coordinator for the Office of the President.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mitch to our communications team,” said LABI President & CEO Stephen Waguespack. “He has the perfect combination of journalism, innovative communication skills and political experience that will help us tell the story of free enterprise to the public and keep our members informed and connected. His experience navigating the legislative process and politics at the Capitol as a writer and multimedia contributor for LaPolitics is particularly noteworthy as we continue our mission of advocacy at the Legislature and engage with the Judiciary in 2020. Mitch is a history buff and a fan of little-known-facts, so here’s one about him: since he started at LSU, the Tigers have not lost a single game – have no fear, we insisted he remain in place until after Monday’s National Championship to keep the streak alive.”

“I’m excited to join LABI and be a part of this great team,” Rabalais said. “Since the 1970s, LABI has been at the forefront of important issues and innovative policy initiatives across Louisiana. I look forward to aiding these efforts and contributing to LABI’s outstanding work on behalf of the state’s business community.”

Prior to joining LSU, Rabalais spent two years with LaPolitics, regularly covering the Legislature and state elections for Louisiana’s top political trade publication. As a reporter, his byline appeared in The New York Times and nearly two dozen state newspapers and weeklies. He started his career in Gov. John Bel Edwards' communications office in 2016.


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About the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry was organized in 1975 to represent Louisiana businesses, serving as both the state chamber of commerce and state manufacturers association. LABI’s primary goal is to foster a climate for economic growth by championing the principles of the free enterprise system and representing the general interest of the business community through active involvement in the political, legislative, judicial and regulatory processes. Find out more information at