Posted: May 17, 2014 10:44 AM by Greg Renoud
Updated: May 18, 2014 11:30 AM
ZACHARY - Former Agriculture Commissioner Bob Odom passed away Saturday morning at the age of 78.
Randal Johnson, one of Odom's staff members, says Odom suffered from breathing problems.
Although, there is no official cause of death that has been released.
Odom was first elected as Agriculture Commissioner in 1979. He held the position until he lost the 2007 election to current Agriculture Commissioner Michael Strain.
The 78-year-old, retired from political office having been one of the longest serving elected officials in Louisiana history, with his career spanning 27 years.
Odom was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in 2008.