Biography

  • Fred's desire to serve the people of District 22 is rooted in his success as State Representative where he sponsored and passed 38 bills during his first term as a legislator in the House. One of his prominent pieces of legislation, in which he worked closely with the Governor's office and pro-life advocates to pass, is the abortion bill, HB 1370, which assures that the state provide for license actions imposed against outpatient abortion facilities.
  • Fred has an extensive background in the health care arena. Fred said, "I will continue to provide legislative and constituent leadership in the health care arena. This year the Senate and House passed the federal Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. Federal mandated costs to our state in the first 10 years of inception may require seven billion dollars of unplanned state general fund dollars. We cannot afford this federal mandate as presently proposed. I want to be part of that leadership that directly deals with this problem that will affect all sectors."
  • Other legislation authored by Fred includes two bills enacted on behalf of the seafood industry; HB 266, which provides for the identification of the origin of crawfish and shrimp in certain situations that included the "Ask Before You Eat" campaign; HB 1376 which ensured that restaurants identify origination of the crawfish on any marketing, promotion, and development of the wild caught crawfish industry; as well as HB551, which provided for the establishment of the Seafood Safety Taskforce to ensure the Food and Drug Administration is doing all they can to protect Louisiana Seafood.
  • In 2009, Fred worked side by side with State Police to curtail the production of methamphetamine which resulted in the passing of the controlled substances bill, HB 890. Also in 2009, he worked closely with the Governor's office and healthcare groups to pass new legislation which helps provide the seamless delivery of healthcare to mental health patients and addictive disorder patients through the creation of the Office of Behavioral Health.
  • Fred is 55, and is married to Deborah Kalil Mills, currently serves as President and CEO of FM Bank, (Farmers Merchants Bank and Trust Company). He is also the owner of Mills Cashway Pharmacy in Parks, Louisiana. He has an accomplished history of public service, having previously served in local government and as a founding member and President of The Economic Development Authority, Vice- Chairman of the Hospital Board of Directors, and current Chair of the Seafood Safety Task Force Commission.
  • He previously served for three years as Executive Director for the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and also as President-Elect for the Louisiana Pharmacists Association. In 2008, the Louisiana Pharmacists Association named Mills as Pharmacist of the Year. During his tenure, he was named to the National Task Force Committee to study regulatory health care issues. In 2002, Governor Foster appointed Fred to serve a six-year term as a Board Member for the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, and in 2004, Governor Blanco appointed him to serve as a distinguished member of the Governor's Health Care Reform Panel. These opportunities expanded Fred' governmental, fiscal, and legislative experience and launched his public service career.
  • In his capacity as State Representative for District 46, Fred was the 2010 Louisiana Family Forum - Family Advocate Award recipient, as well as, the 2010 Life and Liberty Award recipient. He was also presented the Louisiana Rural Health Association's 2010 Rural Health Legislator of the Year Award.
  • More notably, Fred is the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Louisiana Public Service Association's Public Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the state. He was also instrumental in a volunteer leadership role during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, heading a Pharmacy Coalition that provided life-saving drugs to evacuees nationwide.
  • Fred is a vital component within his community and his contributions in the Acadiana Region. These contributions include seats on the Acadian Ambulance and Air Med Board and the Hospice of Acadiana Board. He is continually working on numerous projects as a member of The Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Church Council, and the Chamber of Commerce. He has volunteered his time and talent in Louisiana and across the nation as a public speaker, master of ceremonies, and humorist for hundreds of events to entertain and raise money for community services.
  • Fred's work is evidence of his support and knowledge of his state. His tenure in private business, banking, finance, state government, civic leadership roles, and on governmental boards and as a State Representative, has provided him with the experience necessary to successfully serve as District 22 State Senator.
  • Fred looks forward to the opportunity to visit with folks across the district. "I have been a business man, a family man, and now I want to be your man as Senator. I humbly ask for your vote and support on January 22, 2011. Working together we can and will create a better Louisiana."