Former LA Governor Dave Treen Dead at 81

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 7:57am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Louisiana Gov. Dave Treen, who became the state's first Republican governor since Reconstruction when he was elected in 1979 but lost a re-election bid to the flamboyant Democrat Edwin Edwards four years later, has died at age 81.
Treen's son, David C. Treen Jr., said Treen died early Thursday of complications from a respiratory illness at East Jefferson General Hospital in a New Orlean suburb.