Captain of the Krewe
The Executive Committee of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians is pleased to announce that Congressman Steve Scalise has been named Captain of The Krewe, succeeding Senator David Vitter as his four year term as Captain has been completed.
We thank Senator Vitter for his dedicated service and wish Congressman Scalise a successful term as our new Captain.
Chairman of the 72nd Washington DC Mardi Gras
Captain Clay Higgins is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing South Louisiana.
Raised on a horse ranch, Clay Higgins’ South Louisiana roots run deep. After graduating from high school, he attended LSU and then went on to serve in the United States Army/Louisiana National Guard as a Military Police Officer, and he attained the rank of E-6, Staff Sergeant.
Higgins had many successful years in business but returned to uniform service as a street cop in 2004. He worked patrol, primarily night shift, and he was a well-known SWAT operator. Prior to joining Congress in 2017, Higgins is best known for his Crimestopper videos for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office. The program was one of the most successful in the history of law enforcement. Most of the featured crimes were solved and what was most significant was that many of the suspects responded to “Uncle Clay's” message of redemption and turned themselves in. Captain Higgins continues to actively serve the Thin Blue Line retaining a valid Law Enforcement commission and his Louisiana State POST Certification.
As a veteran and highly decorated law enforcement officer, Congressman Higgins continues to protect and serve in the nation's capital. He is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Oversight & Reform Committee.
A committed Constitutionalist, Congressman Higgins believes in restoring the federal government envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Higgins believes in smaller government, less bureaucracy, free markets, a strong national defense and securing America’s sovereign borders. From Morgan City to the Texas line, Higgins has sworn a sacred oath to protect and serve the people of South Louisiana.
Captain Higgins and his wife, Becca, live in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Congressman Higgins has selected Greg Hamer as King and Madeline Noble as the Queen of the 2020 Washington DC Mardi Gras Ball. Please read more about them below.
Gregory J. Hamer, Sr. is the CEO of B&G Food Enterprises, LLC. Brenda and Greg Hamer created B&G Food Enterprises, LLC in 1982, with their first Taco Bell in Morgan City, LA. Their almost 3,000 employees operate over 140 restaurants in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. B&G Food Enterprises continues to maintain their corporate headquarters in Morgan City, LA.
The Hamers met at Morgan City High School and have been married since 1967, they have three children and nine grandchildren. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1968, Greg was active in the oilfield service industry for over twenty-five years. His public service includes twelve years in elected office at both the city and parish levels. He has served on numerous boards and commissions including a public hospital board and several boards for the State of Louisiana including being a Trustee of the University of Louisiana System.
He is an Emeritus Director of the National Restaurant Association and the 2017 Chairman of the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. His long tenure with the Louisiana Restaurant Association has seen him honored as President in 2000, a member of the LRA Hall of Fame, Active Member of the Year, and Chapter President of the Year.
In addition to serving on the Taco Bell Foundation Board he serves on the Community Foundation of Acadiana Board and has served as Chairman of the Community Foundation of Acadiana's St. Mary Affiliate. He is a board member for the Mardi Gras Krewe of Hephaestus, and is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Legatus International. In 2017 Greg was the St. Mary Parish Citizen of the Year and in 2019 was the Morgan City Rotary Citizen of the Year.
He is a longtime supporter of several organizations related to Louisiana State University. Greg is currently a member of both the Dean’s Advisory Council of the E.J. Ourso College of Business and board member of TAF the LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation. He has been a guest speaker at LSU's Flores MBA Program's Distinguished Speaker Series. In 2014, Greg was inducted into the E.J. Ourso College of Business Hall of Distinction. Greg and Brenda are also LSU Foundation Laureate Society Members.
In 2010, B&G Food created their scholarship fund for the family members of their employees through the corporate scholarship fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. B&G Food has also established a charity fund to help the communities that they serve when tragedy strikes. The company matches any donations made to the B&G Charity Fund.
King of 2020
Queen of 2020
Madeline Michele Noble is the 21-year-old daughter of Lucinda and Dr. John W. Noble, Jr. of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Madeline is a BBA scholar in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She will be receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Finance in May of 2020. Madeline is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.
In the summer of 2019, Madeline served as an intern in the Commercial Banking Division of the Bank of Texas. She has studied abroad and also had the opportunity to intern at FinTech Global, a financial technology firm, in London. Upon graduation, Madeline is interested in pursuing the degree of Master of Business Administration. She is also interested in entrepreneurial endeavors and would some day like to be self-employed.
Madeline attended high school in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She graduated from St. Louis Catholic High School in May 2016. Madeline was an outstanding academic student and also was involved in multiple extracurricular activities. She participated as a cheerleader for four years, holding the position of co-captain for the cheer team. She was a member of the tennis team and received the honor of being selected to the Academic All-State Girl’s Composite Tennis Team. She served as a St. Louis Ambassador and was also elected to the National Honor Society.
Madeline is a member of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, physical fitness, and travel. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, particularly on sailing trips abroad. In 2018, she served as a Princess on the Royal Court of the Krewe of Contraband.
Madeline is the granddaughter of Pamela and John W. Noble, Sr. of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Trudy and Ted Mayeux of Westlake, Louisiana. She has one sibling, John W. Noble, III.
Madeline is incredibly honored to be the 2020 Queen of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians. She is most grateful to the Honorable Clay Higgins, the Louisiana Delegation, and the Krewe for this fantastic and forever memorable opportunity.
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