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We continue to remember the life and legacy of governor blanco we turn to the woman she was outside the governor's mansion.

Praise poured in as people of louisiana commorate their first and only female governor.

News15's erin caldarera spoke with one of her family members and brings us a look into the heart of the cajun governor.

Erin... thanks candice.... jazmin... governor kathleen blanco was the oldest of seven sibblings... and she was revered as the family's care taker and back bone.

Though her family held the biggest piece of her heart... governor blanco adored the state of louisiana and all its people... "she was always kind.

Very kind.

She was always very present she enjoyed telling stories, but more importantly, she enjoyed listening to stories."kind..... that was the word used most as people wrote or called in to describe the woman behind the title... governor."the people of louisiana are very blessed to have had kathleen blanco as our governor, as a governor, and as our first woman governor.

She was an amazing role model for women of all ages.

I just can't say enough wonderful things about her."

Friends... family.... and people who worked with her saw her as a woman with no bounds..."velvet-coated steel.

She always very nice upfront.

She was always very plesent.

In a political world people, you know when they would decide they want to push her, she was tough, she didn't just cave."there was never a challenge that stood too tall.... and she proved that as she won every political race she would ever take on... "i think as time goes bye people have started to realize the magnitude and the work that she had put in to helping the people of the state of louisiana."and for the women of louisiana... she represented so much.

She was a role model.... a leader.

A woman who lived by faith and family... who would say to all women.... "i think she would just say chose your own path, but don't fear you know stepping out of your comfort zone.

Believe in the impact that you can have in the positive way on the people around you, in your community."

She was tough .... but even more... kind... after hurricane katrina the people affected broke her heart... that lead to the tireless efforts she would make... working towards rebuilding "she was always up late, she was up early and she cared.

She just cared."

Babineaux told me in the months he lived with his aunt after hurricane katirina... he saw the relentless work she put into helping the people she loved only second the her family.... the people of louisiana.

Live in studio.



Governor blanco began her career as a public servant in 1984, when she became the first woman ever elected to represent the people of lafayette in the state legislature.

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