Robert M. Tasman was named executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (LCCB) on July 1, succeeding Daniel J. Loar, who was director for the last 12 years. Rob has served since 2008 as associate director.

The executive director serves as the chief lobbyist for the Catholic Church before the Louisiana Legislature, Office of the Governor, and state department cabinet officials. He brings the voice of Louisiana’s bishops and their concerns to the public square.

In taking on the LCCB leadership role Rob said, “I hope to build on the very positive relationships we have with policymakers and their staffs so that the influence of the Church and its teachings can be expressed in a loving and resolute way.”

Rob holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and theology from Boston College and a master’s degree in theology with a specialization in Christian social ethics also from Boston College. He earned a law degree from Louisiana State University and has been a member of the state bar since 2009.

He was appointed last year by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family.

Rob and his wife Katie are the parents of four young sons.