Al Ater, American politician, Died at 63

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Alan Ray Ater was born on December 15, 1953, and died on

He was known as Al Ater.

He was a farmer and businessman from Ferriday, Louisiana.

Ater served from 1984-1992 as a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 21 in the eastern portion of his state.

Ater served as interim secretary of state from 2005 through November 2006, and was praised for his handling of the New Orleans mayoral primary in early 2006, when the city was still disrupted from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Himself and his second wife, the former Susie Beard (born 1958), a pharmacist originally from Vidalia, live on Lake St. John near Ferriday.

Al has three children, Whitney Lauren Ater (born 1978) in California from his first marriage; and, with Susie, Thomas Alan (born 1987), and Elliott Andrew Ater (born 1989), both of Ferriday.

But, Thomas manages the family farming operation, and Elliott attends Louisiana State University.

Al Ater passed away at 63 years old.

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