WASHINGTON— Last April, US Senator Bill Cassidy, MD and US Senator David Vitter introduced a bill in the US Senate to designate the Shreveport Federal Building and United States courthouse as the “Tom Stagg United States Court House.” Last Night, the bill passed in the Senate and now moves to the US House of Representatives for consideration.
The Honorable Thomas ‘Tom’ Eaton Stagg Jr. of Shreveport, who passed away last June, served in the United States Army during WWII. He rose to the rank of Captain, earning the Combat Infantryman Badge, a Bronze Star for Valor, another Bronze Star for meritorious service and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster.
After attending Cambridge and LSU Law Center, Stagg served in private practice before his nomination to serve on the federal bench for the Western District of Louisiana in 1974. He was named chief judge in 1984, a position he held until 1991.
“The Honorable Tom Stagg was an inspirational figure and is well deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Cassidy. “He was a deeply respected member of his community and had a reputation of intelligence, spirit, patriotism, wisdom and wit.”
Read the Bill here.
Last April, Dr. Cassidy spoke on the Senate floor in support of the building’s renaming and to honor the late Judge Stagg. Dr. Cassidy’s speech can be seen here.