Clif Richardson

Clifton Russell Richardson (May 30, 1944 – March 6, 2020) was a businessman from Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, and a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 65 in East Baton Rouge Parish.[1] Prior to his legislative service, Richardson was a justice of the peace from 1991 to 2007.[2]

Clif Richardson
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 65th district
In office
January 14, 2008 – January 2, 2013
Preceded byDonald Ray Kennard
Succeeded byBarry Ivey
Justice of the Peace, East Baton Rouge Parish
In office
1991–2007
Personal details
Born
Clifton Russell Richardson

(1944-05-30)May 30, 1944
Independence, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedMarch 6, 2020(2020-03-06) (aged 75)
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
OccupationBusinessman
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy

Richardson was elected in the nonpartisan blanket primary on October 20, 2007, in a two-candidate Republican race for the seat vacated by the term-limited Donald Ray Kennard, a Democrat-turned Republican from Baton Rouge. He defeated Ed Clarke of Central in East Baton Rouge Parish, who runs a financial services company. The election results were not close, as Richardson prevailed, 8,610 votes (67 percent) to Clarke's 4,193 (33 percent).[3]

Richardson served on three House committees: (1) Civil Law and Procedure, (2) Education, (3) Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs.[4]

At the close of the 2010 legislative session, Richardson questioned the economic, environmental, and personal impact of the proposed Greater Baton Rouge Loop on the communities of East Baton Rouge Parish. He supported Governor Bobby Jindal's veto of $5 million for planning and initial construction of the loop. Jindal said that he was vetoing the loop because the state "has scarce capital outlay and general fund dollars available . . . It is therefore important that major projects such as this have the widest support possible and the consensus of the legislative delegation in the area. That consensus has not thus far been achieved. Without the consensus of the public and the legislative delegation, the success of the project is in question. It would therefore be premature to fund the planning of such a large and controversial project until a consensus can be achieved."[5]

A native of Independence, a town in Tangipahoa Parish near Hammond, Louisiana, Richardson graduated in 1961 from Independence High School. He and his wife, the former Sylvia Carpenter (born January 16, 1945), resided in Greenwell Springs, where he owned Rebel Electric Company. They had a son, Mark Russell Richardson (born ca. 1969).[4] Richardson was a veteran of the United States Navy. Richardson was a Baptist.[2]

Richardson announced in November 2012 that because he was a cancer patient he would vacate his House seat effective January 2, 2013.[6]

A special election to choose a successor for the nearly three years remaining in Richardson's term was held on March 2, 2013.[7] In a low-turnout contest, Republican Barry Ivey defeated another Republican, Scott Wilson, a member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council, to claim the seat that Richardson vacated. Ivey polled 2,202 votes (53 percent) to Wilson's 1,954 (47 percent).[8] Ivey, who had never before sought office, opposes abortion in all circumstances except to save the life of the woman giving birth in a medical emergency, but Wilson supports exceptions in the case of impregnation from rape and incest as well. Ivey noted his friendship with Representative Valarie Hodges, a Republican from Denham Springs in neighboring District 64; the two were once on a church mission trip together.[9]

Richardson died of a heart attack on March 6, 2020, in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana at age 75.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representative, 1812–2012" (PDF). legis.state.la.us. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 29, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Rep. Clif Richardson". congress.org. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  3. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 20, 2007". electionresults.sos.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Representative's Personal Page: Clifton R. Richardson". congress.org. Retrieved July 19, 2010.
  5. ^ "From the Desk of Clif Richardson". centralspeakds.com. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Lauren McGaughy, Baton Rouge businessman Barry Ivey wins special House election, March 2, 2013". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Baton Rouge Representative Clif Richardson to Resign". KEEL Radio in Shreveport. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Louisiana election results, March 2, 2013". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Mark Ballard, "Voter turnout expected to be light in House 65 contest Saturday"". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, March 2, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
  10. ^ "Central public servant, Clifton 'Clif' Russell Richardson, dies from heart attack". Wafb.com. March 9, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald Ray Kennard
Louisiana State Representative from District 65 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Barry Ivey