This portrait shows State Senator B.B. "Sixty" Rayburn in the late 1970's. He was one of the most powerful people in the Louisiana State Senate for many years.
The following information is re-printed from the Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home website:
"B.B. “Sixty” Rayburn, Senator, 12th District, was born on August 11,
1916. Sixty passed away on March 5, 2008 at St. Tammany Hospital in
Covington, LA. Mr. Rayburn was a Baptist, a Mason and a
Shriner, Louisiana Cattleman’s Association Member, and past President of
the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association for many years.
farmer, cattleman, horseman, and avid hunter, Rayburn worked at Crown-
Zellerbach corporation as a pipe fitter for thirty years. He was a
graduate of Sumerall High School and Sullivan Memorial Trade School.
political career began in 1944 when he was elected to the Washington
Parish Police Jury, becoming the youngest Police Juror in Louisiana. He
served as vice-presedent of that body until 1948 when he was elected to
serve in the House of Representatives. He remained in the Louisiana
House until 1951, when he was elected to serve an unexpired term in the
Senate. Rayburn, who served under Earl K. Long, former Governor, was
continuously returned to the Senate by his constituents for 44 years and
was the acknowledged Dean of the Louisiana Legislature.
legislator, he served on the following committees: Conservation,
Education, Transportation and Public Works, Industrial Relations, Labor
and Capitol, Long-range Highway, Retirement, Interim Emergency Board,
Bond Commission, and Chairman of both the Senate Finance Committee and
the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget for many years.
was elected delegate to the 1973 Constitutional Convention, where he
served as Chairman of the Committee on Revenue, Finance and taxation.
1959, Senator Rayburn was awarded an honorary doctorate from Loyola
University in recognition of his knowledge and understanding of state
government. In 1973, he was made an honorary member of the Louisiana
Veterinary Medical Association in recognition of his years of service to
the cause of “the health of man and his domesticated animals” in
Louisiana, and for his help in creating the Louisiana State University
School of Veterinary Medicine. Senator Rayburn was the first lay person
to receive this honor. In 1978, Senate Concurrent Resolution 135 was
passed to name the school of veterinary medicine, the Rayburn School of
Veterinary Science, in honor of the Rayburn family of Washington Parish
due to the fact that Senator Rayburn was instrumental in the creation of
the veterinary school on the campus of Louisiana State University and
in honor of Senator Rayburn for his leadership, dedication and
contribution to the State of Louisiana.
On March 17, 1993 the
Louisiana State Uniersity School of Veterinary Medicine presented him
with the University Medal which is the highest honor given at LSU.
Senator Rayburn received this recognition in honor of his many
contributions to the School of Veterinary Medicine and the State of
Senator Rayburn was instrumental in obtaining funds for
construction of a new Sullivan Vocational-Technical Institute, which was
put into use in September of 1971, at a cost of $985,730.
1948, Senator Rayburn was instrumental in obtaining $500,000 for the
construction of Washington- St. Tammany Charity Hospital and formal
dedication was held on January 6, 1951. Senator Rayburn secured funds in
the 1979 and 1980 legislative sessions in the amount of $29.6 Million
for the construction of Washington Parish Correctional Center. This
created some 400 plus jobs for his area.
On August 31, 2006 the
Washington Parish Correctional Center was renamed the B.B. “Sixty”
Rayburn Correctional Center in his honor of hard work and dedication for
securing this institution for Washington parish. "
He has his own Wikipedia entry. CLICK HERE to read more about his career.
His obituary may be found at THIS LINK.