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Louisiana House of Representatives

The Louisiana House of Representatives (French: Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane) is the lower house in the Louisiana State Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Louisiana. The House is composed of 105 representatives, each of whom represents approximately 42,500 people (2000 figures). Members serve four-year terms with a term limit of three terms (twelve years). The House is one of the five state legislative lower houses that has a four-year term, as opposed to the near-universal two-year term.

Louisiana House of Representatives
Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane
Louisiana State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
3 Terms (12 years)
History
New session started
April 10, 2017
Leadership
Taylor Barras (R)
since January 11, 2016
Walt Leger III (D)
since January 9, 2012
House Majority Leader
Lance Harris (R)
since January 3, 2013
House Minority Leader
Structure
Seats105
Louisiana House of Representatives 2018 election apportionment diagram.svg
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution
Salary$15,362/year
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2015
(105 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2019
(105 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
Louisiana House of Representatives.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website
Louisiana House of Representatives

The House convenes at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Leadership of the HouseEdit

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is customarily recommended by the governor (although this is not in House rules), then elected by the full House.[1] In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The House of Representatives also elects a Speaker pro tempore to preside in the absence of the Speaker.

The current Speaker is Republican Chuck Kleckley of the 36th District (Calcasieu), who was elected to that position in 2012 succeeding Jim Tucker. His deputy is the Speaker pro tempore, currently Democrat Walt Leger, III of the 91st District (Orleans). The Speaker pro tempore presides when the Speaker is not present. The chairman of the Republican delegation is Lance Harris of the 25th District (Rapides).

CompositionEdit

The Louisiana House of Representatives comprises 105 representatives elected from across the state from single-member districts by registered voters in the district. Representatives must be electors, be at least eighteen years old, be domiciled in the district they represent at least one year, and have resided in the state two years. The House is the judge of its members' qualifications and elections. All candidates for state representative in a district compete in a nonpartisan blanket primary; if no candidate earns 50+1 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters advance into the general election. Elections occur every four years and representatives are limited to three four-year terms (12 years). If a seat is vacant, it will be filled in a special election. House sessions occur along with the Louisiana State Senate, every year, for sixty legislative days in even-numbered years and forty-five legislative days in odd-numbered years in which only monetary bills can be considered. The House is the lower legislative chamber of the Louisiana State Legislature; the upper house is the Louisiana State Senate. The Louisiana House has sole authority to impeach state officials and introduce appropriation bills. The Louisiana House of Representatives was established, along with its functions and authority, in Article III, Section 3 of the Louisiana Constitution.

Party membershipEdit

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of legislature 2011 57 2 46 105 0
Begin 2012 58 2 45 105 0
End of previous legislature 59 44
Begin 2016 61 2 42 105 0
June 23, 2016[2] 60 104 1
June 30, 2016[3] 59 103 2
July 14, 2016[4] 3 104 1
August 2, 2016[5] 60 105 0
Nov. 29, 2016[6] 59 104 1
Jan. 3, 2017[7] 58 103 2
Jan. 15, 2017[8] 41 102 3
Mar. 26, 2017[9] 60 104 1
Apr. 29, 2017[10] 61 105 0
May 28, 2017[11] 40 104 1
June 6, 2017[12] 60 103 2
October 14, 2017[13] 41 104 1
November 18, 2017[14] 61 105 0
March 1, 2018[15] 60 104 1
March 24, 2018[16] 61 105 0
April 9, 2018[17]
June 4, 2018[18] 40 104 1
June 4, 2018[19] 39 103 2
June 29, 2018[20] 60 102 3
July 31, 2018[21] 61 103 2
October 2018[22] 60 102 3
November 7, 2018[23]
December 3, 2018[24] 38 101 4
December 8, 2018[25] 61 102 3
December 10, 2018[26] 60 101 4
December 31, 2018[27] 59 36 98 7
January 1, 2019[28] 58 4 98 7
February 23, 2019[29] 61 37 102 3
March 30, 2019[30] 5 39 105 0
July 17, 2019[31] 60 104 1
Latest voting share 57.69% 4.81% 37.5%

Current membershipEdit

District Name Party Parishes represented First elected Eligible for reelection
1 James H. Morris Ind[32] Bossier and Caddo 2007 No
2 Samuel Jenkins Jr. Dem Bossier and Caddo 2015 Yes
3 Barbara Norton Dem Caddo 2007 No
4 Cedric Glover Dem Caddo 2015 Yes
5 Alan Seabaugh Rep Caddo 2010 No
6 Thomas G. Carmody Rep Bossier and Caddo 2008 No
7 Larry Bagley Rep Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine 2015 Yes
8 Raymond Crews Rep Bossier 2017 Yes
9 Dodie Horton Rep Bossier 2015 Yes
10 Wayne McMahen Rep Webster and Bossier 2018 Yes
11 Patrick O. Jefferson Dem Bienville, Claiborne, and Lincoln 2011 Yes
12 Christopher Turner Rep Lincoln and Union 2019 Yes
13 Jack McFarland Rep Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, and Winn 2015 Yes
14 Jay Morris Rep Morehouse and Ouachita 2011 Yes
15 Frank A. Hoffmann Rep Ouachita 2007 No
16 Katrina Jackson Dem Morehouse and Ouachita 2011 Yes
17 Pat Moore Dem Ouachita 2019 Yes
18 Jeremy LaCombe Dem Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana 2019 Yes
19 Charles "Bubba" Chaney Rep East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and West Carroll 2007 No
20 Steve Pylant Rep Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, and Tensas 2011 Yes
21 Andy Anders Dem Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas 2006 No
22 Terry R. Brown Ind Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Red River, and Winn 2011 Yes
23 Kenny Ray Cox Dem DeSoto, Natchitoches, and Red River 2011 Yes
24 Frank A. Howard Rep Natchitoches, Sabine, and Vernon 2007 No
25 Lance Harris Rep Rapides 2011 Yes
26 Ed Larvadain Dem Rapides 2019 Yes
27 Mike Johnson Rep Rapides 2019 Yes
28 Robert A. Johnson Dem Avoyelles 2007 No
29 Edmond Jordan Dem East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge 2016 Yes
30 James Armes III Dem Beauregard and Vernon 2007 No
31 Vacancy Rep Lafayette and Vermilion 2008 No
32 Dorothy Sue Hill Dem Allen, Beauregard, and Calcasieu 2007 No
33 Stuart Moss Rep Calcasieu 2018 Yes
34 A. B. Franklin Dem Calcasieu 2007 No
35 Stephen Dwight Rep Beauregard and Calcasieu 2015 Yes
36 Mark Abraham Rep Calcasieu 2015 Yes
37 John E. Guinn Rep Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis 2007 No
38 Bernard LeBas Dem Evangeline and St. Landry 2007 No
39 Julie Emerson Rep Lafayette and St. Landry 2015 Yes
40 Dustin Miller Dem St. Landry 2015 Yes
41 Phillip DeVillier Rep Acadia, Evangeline, and St. Landry 2015 Yes
42 John Stefanski Rep Acadia and Lafayette 2017 Yes
43 Stuart Bishop Rep Lafayette 2011 Yes
44 Vincent Pierre Dem Lafayette 2011 Yes
45 Jean-Paul Coussan Rep Lafayette 2015 Yes
46 Mike "Pete" Huval Rep Iberia, St. Landry, and St. Martin 2011 Yes
47 Ryan Bourriaque Rep Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion 2019 Yes
48 Taylor Barras Rep Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin 2007 No
49 Blake Miguez Rep Iberia and Vermillion 2015 Yes
50 Sam Jones Dem St. Martin and St. Mary 2007 No
51 Beryl Amedee Rep Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne 2015 Yes
52 Jerome Zeringue Rep Lafourche and Terrebonne 2015 Yes
53 Tanner Magee Rep Lafourche and Terrebonne 2015 Yes
54 Jerry "Truck" Gisclair Dem Jefferson and Lafourche 2007 No
55 Jerome "Dee" Richard Ind Lafourche 2007 No
56 Gregory A. Miller Rep St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2011 Yes
57 Randal Gaines Dem St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2011 Yes
58 Ken Brass Dem Ascension, Iberville, and St. James 2017 Yes
59 Tony Bacala Rep Ascension 2015 Yes
60 Chad M. Brown Dem Assumption and Iberville 2015 Yes
61 C. Denise Marcelle Dem East Baton Rouge 2015 Yes
62 Roy Adams Ind East Baton Rouge, East Felicia, and West Feliciana 2019 Yes
63 Barbara West Carpenter Dem East Baton Rouge 2015 Yes
64 Valarie Hodges Rep East Baton Rouge and Livingston 2011 Yes
65 Barry Ivey Rep East Baton Rouge 2013 Yes
66 Rick Edmonds Rep East Baton Rouge 2015 Yes
67 Patricia Haynes Smith Dem East Baton Rouge 2007 No
68 Stephen Frank Carter Rep East Baton Rouge 2008 No
69 Paula Davis Rep East Baton Rouge 2015 Yes
70 Franklin Foil Rep East Baton Rouge 2007 No
71 J. Rogers Pope Rep Livingston 2007 No
72 Robby Carter Dem East Feliciana, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa 2015 Yes
73 Steve Pugh Rep Tangipahoa 2007 No
74 Scott Simon Rep St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington 2007 No
75 Malinda Brumfield White Dem St. Tammany and Washington 2015 Yes
76 Kevin Pearson Rep St. Tammany 2007 No
77 Mark Wright Rep St. Tammany 2017 Yes
78 Kirk Talbot Rep Jefferson 2007 No
79 Julie Stokes Rep Jefferson 2013 Yes
80 Polly Thomas Rep Jefferson 2016 Yes
81 Clay Schexnayder Rep Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, and St. James 2011 Yes
82 Cameron Henry Rep Jefferson 2007 No
83 Robert Billiot Dem Jefferson 2007 No
84 Patrick Connick Rep Jefferson 2007 No
85 Joseph A. Marino, III Ind Jefferson 2016 Yes
86 Nicholas Muscarello Rep Tangipahoa 2018 Yes
87 Rodney Lyons Dem Jefferson 2015 Yes
88 Johnny Berthelot Rep Ascension 2011 Yes
89 Reid Falconer Rep St. Tammany 2015 Yes
90 Mary DuBuisson Rep St. Tammany 2018 Yes
91 Walt Leger III Dem Orleans 2007 No
92 Joseph Stagni Rep Jefferson and St. Charles 2017 Yes
93 Royce Duplessis Dem Orleans 2018 Yes
94 Stephanie Hilferty Rep Jefferson and Orleans 2015 Yes
95 Sherman Q. Mack Rep Livingston 2011 Yes
96 Terry Landry Dem Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin 2011 Yes
97 Joseph Bouie Jr. Dem Orleans 2014 Yes
98 Neil Abramson Dem Orleans 2007 No
99 Jimmy Harris Dem Orleans 2015 Yes
100 John Bagneris Dem Orleans 2015 Yes
101 Edward Clark James Dem East Baton Rouge 2011 Yes
102 Gary Carter Jr. Dem Orleans 2015 Yes
103 Ray Garofalo Rep Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines 2011 Yes
104 Paul Hollis Rep St. Tammany 2011 Yes
105 Chris Leopold Rep Jefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines 2011 Yes

Standing committeesEdit

The committees of the Louisiana House review proposed bills and either kill them or recommend their passage to the full House. Each committee has a specialized area it oversees. Committees can call upon state officials to testify at committee meetings. Committee memberships, including chairmanships and vice chairmanships, are assigned by the Speaker. [33]

Name Chairman Vice Chair
Administration of Criminal Justice Sherman Mack Steve Pylant
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, & Rural Development Clay Schenxnayder Andy Anders
Appropriations Cameron Henry Franklin Foil
Civil Law and Procedure Raymond Garofalo Randal Gaines
Commerce Thomas Carmody Paul Hollis
Education Nancy Landry Gary Carter
Health & Welfare Frank Hoffman Dustin Miller
House & Governmental Affairs Gregory Miller Stephen Pugh
Insurance Kirk Talbot Alan Seabaugh
Judiciary Katrina Jackson Jay Morris
Labor & Industrial Relations Patrick Jefferson Blake Miguez
Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs John Berthelot Mike Huval
Natural Resources & Environment Stuart Bishop Christopher Leopold
Retirement Kevin Pearson Sam Jones
Transportation, Highways, & Public Works Terry Landry Stephen Carter
Ways and Means Neil Abramson Jim Morris

Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (see House Rule 2.3, House Journal of the 2000 Organizational Session and House Journal of the 2004 Organizational Session, House Journal of January 14, 2008).
  2. ^ Rep. Bryan Adams (R-85) resigned to become an assistant state fire marshal. "Second Jefferson Parish Rep. makes departure from Legislature official; Bryan Adams heading to state fire marshal's office". The Advocate (Louisiana). May 17, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Rep. Joseph "Joe" Lopinto (R-80) resigned to become an in-house attorney at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. "Second Jefferson Parish Rep. makes departure from Legislature official; Bryan Adams heading to state fire marshal's office". The Advocate (Louisiana). May 17, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  4. ^ Joseph Marino III (I) was elected to replace Adams in District 85. "No contest: Joe Marino of Gretna wins Louisiana House seat". The Times-Picayune. July 1, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Polly Thomas (R) was elected to replace Lopinto in District 80. "Polly Thomas elected to state 80th House District". The Advocate (Louisiana). July 22, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  6. ^ Rep. Thomas P. "Tom" Wilmott (R-92) resigned to become a member of the Kenner City Council. "Rep. Tom Willmott wins Kenner City Council seat". The Times-Picayune. November 8, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2017. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. January 17, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Rep. Mike Johnson (R-8) resigned to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Rep. Mike Johnson wins 4th Congressional District race". The Daily Advertiser. December 11, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2017. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. January 17, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Rep. Jack Montoucet (D-42) resigned to work in the administration of Jon Bel Edwards. "Jack Montoucet to take reins at Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries on Jan. 16". The Advocate (Louisiana). December 31, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2017. "MEMBERSHIP IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 1812 - 2020" (PDF). Louisiana House of Representatives. January 17, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Republican Mike Stefanski elected to replace Rep. Jack Montoucet (D-42) and Republican Joe Stagni elected to replace Rep. Tom Wilmott (R-92(. "Stefanski wins District 42 seat in the house". KATC. March 26, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2017. "Joe Stagni claims House District 92 election". The Times-Picayune. March 25, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  10. ^ Republican Raymond Crews elected to replace Rep. Mike Johnson (R-8) "Crews Wins District 8 House Race". Shreveport Times. April 29, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Rep. Ed Price (D-58) resigns after winning a seat in second State Senate district."Ed Price wins special election run-off to fill Troy Brown's state senate seat". The Advocate. May 27, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Rep. John Schroder (R-77) resigns to run for state treasurer."John Schroder Resigns From The State Legislature". The Hay Ride. June 5, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  13. ^ Democrat Ken Brass elected to replace Rep. Ed Price (D-58)"St. James' Ken Brass wins Ascension on way to District 58 victory". Pelican Post News. October 15, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  14. ^ Republican Mark Wright elected to succeed SchroderChatelain, Kate (November 19, 2017). "Mark Wright elected to North Shore's 77th District House seat". The Times-Picayune.
  15. ^ Republican Chris Broadwater (District 86) resigned. [1]
  16. ^ Republican Nicholas Muscarello Jr. elected to succeed Broadwater. [2]
  17. ^ Democrat Helena Moreno (District 93) resigned. [3] Democrat Royce Duplessis was elected to succeed her on March 24, 2018. [4]
  18. ^ Democrat Michael Danahay (District 33) resigned. [5]
  19. ^ Democrat Gene Reynolds (District 10) resigned. [6]
  20. ^ Republican Greg Cromer (District 90) resigned. [7]
  21. ^ Republican Wayne McMahen sworn in to succeed Reynolds as the only candidate who filed. [8]
  22. ^ Republican Rob Shadoin (District 12) resigned. [9]
  23. ^ Republican Stuart Moss elected to succeed Danahay. [10] Republican Bob Hensgens was elected to the State Senate. [11]
  24. ^ Democrat Jeff Hall resigned. [12]
  25. ^ Republican Mary DuBuisson elected to succeed Cromer. [13]
  26. ^ Republican Kenny Havard (District 62) resigned. [14]
  27. ^ Democrat Marcus Hunter (District 17), Democrat Major Thibaut (District 18) and Republican Chris Hazel (District 27) resigned after being elected to other offices.
  28. ^ Rep. Jim Morris (District 1) left the Republican Party to sit as an Independent. [15]
  29. ^ Republican Christopher Turner (District 12), Democrat Ed Larvadain III (District 26), Republican Mike Johnson (District 27) and Republican Ryan Bourriaque (District 47) were elected in special elections.
  30. ^ Democrat Pat Moore (District 17), Democrat Jeremy LaCombe (District 18) and Independent Roy Adams (District 62) were elected in special elections.
  31. ^ Republican Nancy Landry (District 31) resigned to take a position with the Louisiana Secretary of State's office. [16]
  32. ^ Rep. Morris left the Republican Party to sit as an Independent. [17]
  33. ^ “House Standing Committees.” Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana House of Representatives, house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_StandCmtees.aspx.

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