City-Parish President Melvin “Kip” Holden
City of Baton Rouge – Parish of East Baton Rouge
Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden was overwhelmingly re-elected to his third term as Mayor-President of the City of Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish in a primary victory on November 6, 2012. Under his leadership, East Baton Rouge Parish has achieved unprecedented top ten national rankings: the #1 best city for business growth; #4 for new corporate facilities; #3 best performing city for salary growth; #7 best city for jobs; #8 best place to live in America; one of top 25 places in America to retire and a top 10 city for young adults. Recognized nationally in 2005 for his leadership during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Holden led his community through Hurricane Gustav in 2008, which required a different, but equally important response when the city-parish received extensive wind damage and three-week power outages in some areas. With East Baton Rouge Parish the most populated parish in Louisiana as of the 2010 Census, Mayor Holden led a community-wide planning effort that resulted in strong public participation and a master plan for growth and development – called FuturEBR – that was unanimously adopted by the Metro Council and is a blueprint for progress in our community for the next 25 years.