NOLA state lawmaker resigns amid federal probe into her gambling

A longtime  Democrat lawmaker stepped down last week amid a federal financial investigation into her 20-year gambling addiction.  

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Karen Carter Peterson, 52, made her abrupt resignation public on Friday, citing her need to focus on a decades-long battle with and depositpulsa88 — www.ajiados.org — chronic gambling. 

‘I must place all of my energy on my mental health and personal well-being, and therefore have tendered my resignation effective immediately,’ Peterson said in a statement. 

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    ‘As people, we have stress and stress is something that is the real trigger for wanting to lapse back into those behaviors. So, her focusing on her recovery is really really admirable and it’s the greatest gift you can give to herself and people who love her.’ 

    The federal probe will look into Peterson’s finances and her addiction. 

    According to financial records, Peterson made just above $130,000 in 2020. Besides her $22,000 salary as a senator, she made $109,000 as a counsel for the law firm Dentos, NOLA reported.   

    Among Dentos clients are oil, insurance, real state, banking, and lobbying majors. 

    It is unclear whether Peterson will remain working at the firm, but she is not currently listed on its website. 

    The federal probe will look into Peterson's finances and her addiction. According to financial records, Peterson made just above $130,000 in 2020. Besides her $22,000 salary as a senator, she made $109,000 as a counsel for the law firm Dentos (File photo)

    The federal probe will look into Peterson’s finances and her addiction. According to financial records, Peterson made just above $130,000 in 2020. Besides her $22,000 salary as a senator, she made $109,000 as a counsel for the law firm Dentos (File photo)

    Peterson, who is married to newly elected CEO of education nonprofit New Schools for New Orleans Dana Peterson, said Friday she was thankful for the support she had received throughout her legislative career. 

    ‘Since 1999, I’ve had the privilege to serve as the member of the Louisiana Legislature, offering passionate and vigorous advocacy on behalf of the people of this great state. 

    ‘I am hopeful that my decades of service have had a positive impact on the lives of those for whom I have fought,’ she wrote in a statement.  

    ‘I humbly ask for prayers and support as I continue my journey of recovery and redemption. God bless the state of Louisiana.’ 

    In the state senate, Peterson pushed for bills regarding the rights of human trafficking victims, higher education opportunities, and treatment for cancer patients.