The Louisiana House of Representatives recently named State Rep. Barbara Carpenter as this year’s recipient of the Hudson Cup of Unity and Friendship Award. Carpenter is the first female to be honored. The award is given annually to one House member from members of the House based on leadership and respect. The prestigious award is presented in remembrance of the late former State Representative Charles “Doc” Hudson who served St. Landry Parish. Carpenter serves on the Administration of Criminal Justice, Retirement, and Transportation, Highways and Public Works committees. She is also dean of International Education and University Outreach at Southern University and A&M College.