Ask anyone who knew Katrina R. Jackson at age 3 and they could tell you one thing – she was going to be a lawyer and fight for people. And that is just what she does as both an attorney and a State Representative representing Morehouse and Ouachita Parishes in the Louisiana Legislature. She is currently running for Senate, to expand her advocacy as a Whole Life Democrat and advocate for life from the “womb to the tomb.”
Katrina was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Welton and Patricia Holman and Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Linda Jackson.
As a young child, her parents’ friends would comment on her inquisitive mind and her friends loved that when they got in trouble, Katrina was always there to stick up for them, even if it landed her in hot water as well. Her mother’s mantra that she should always fight for what she believed in, even when others disagreed, because the fight was worth it sticks with her today.
Katina graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she majored in Pre-Law and Legal Studies. Her commitment to an aspiring career in the legal profession led her to receive her Juris Doctorate from Southern University in Baton Rouge in 2004.
Katrina has been blessed with many mentors in her life, they all shine through in the path she has chosen. From family members that taught her about etiquette and gave her a fighting spirit; to teachers who prepared her for life beyond the classroom, and legal and political minds that taught her life lessons about separating good people from bad ideas.
One force that can’t be denied is her love and devotion to her Lord, Jesus Christ. She was brought up in the Christian faith, and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of her life at an early age and has continued to grow her faith. During law school she began; to study the Word more rigorously. She always knew that God should be acknowledged in all areas of her life, but during her law school years she was away from home for the first time and learned to depend on Him more. It was then that her personal relationship with God became stronger through more time in the Word and in midweek church services. She knows she is an imperfect person doing all she can to submit to the will of God daily in all areas of her life.
Armed with her law degree and several years of mentoring from attorney and former State Representative Willie Hunter, Jr., Katrina came to the Louisiana Legislature in 2006 as a Staff Attorney for the House Committee on Labor & Industrial Relations and as Executive Director of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus. Her exposure to the issues the legislature faced; and the leaders crafting solutions; and fighting for people gave her new insights and opened new doors for her.