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|
|3 Terms (12 years)|
New session started
|April 10, 2017|
House Majority Leader
House Minority Leader
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution|
|November 3, 2015|
|November 5, 2019|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
|Louisiana House of Representatives|
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. 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).
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.
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|End of legislature 2011||57||2||46||105||0|
|End of previous legislature||59||44|
|June 23, 2016||60||104||1|
|June 30, 2016||59||103||2|
|July 14, 2016||3||104||1|
|August 2, 2016||60||105||0|
|Nov. 29, 2016||59||104||1|
|Jan. 3, 2017||58||103||2|
|Jan. 15, 2017||41||102||3|
|Mar. 26, 2017||60||104||1|
|Apr. 29, 2017||61||105||0|
|May 28, 2017||40||104||1|
|June 6, 2017||60||103||2|
|October 14, 2017||41||104||1|
|November 18, 2017||61||105||0|
|March 1, 2018||60||104||1|
|March 24, 2018||61||105||0|
|April 9, 2018|
|June 4, 2018||40||104||1|
|June 4, 2018||39||103||2|
|June 29, 2018||60||102||3|
|July 31, 2018||61||103||2|
|November 7, 2018|
|December 3, 2018||38||101||4|
|December 8, 2018||61||102||3|
|December 10, 2018||60||101||4|
|December 31, 2018||59||36||98||7|
|February 23, 2019||62||37||102||3|
|March 30, 2019||4||39||105||0|
|Latest voting share||59.05%||3.81%||37.14%|
|District||Name||Party||Parishes represented||First elected||Eligible for reelection|
|1||James H. Morris||Rep||Bossier and Caddo||2007||No|
|2||Samuel Jenkins Jr.||Dem||Bossier and Caddo||2015||Yes|
|6||Thomas G. Carmody||Rep||Bossier and Caddo||2008||No|
|7||Larry Bagley||Rep||Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine||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|
|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|
|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|
|34||A. B. Franklin||Dem||Calcasieu||2007||No|
|35||Stephen Dwight||Rep||Beauregard and 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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|81||Clay Schexnayder||Rep||Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, and St. James||2011||Yes|
|85||Joseph A. Marino, III||Ind||Jefferson||2016||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|
|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|
|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|
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. 
|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 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Republican Chris Broadwater (District 86) resigned. 
- Republican Nicholas Muscarello Jr. elected to succeed Broadwater. 
- Democrat Helena Moreno (District 93) resigned.  Democrat Royce Duplessis was elected to succeed her on March 24, 2018. 
- Democrat Michael Danahay (District 33) resigned. 
- Democrat Gene Reynolds (District 10) resigned. 
- Republican Greg Cromer (District 90) resigned. 
- Republican Wayne McMahen sworn in to succeed Reynolds as the only candidate who filed. 
- Republican Rob Shadoin (District 12) resigned. 
- Republican Stuart Moss elected to succeed Danahay.  Republican Bob Hensgens was elected to the State Senate. 
- Democrat Jeff Hall resigned. 
- Republican Mary DuBuisson elected to succeed Cromer. 
- Republican Kenny Havard (District 62) resigned. 
- Democrat Marcus Hunter (District 17), Democrat Major Thibaut (District 18) and Republican Chris Hazel (District 27) resigned after being elected to other offices.
- 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.
- Democrat Pat Moore (District 17), Democrat Jeremy LaCombe (District 18) and Independent Roy Adams (District 62) were elected in special elections.
- “House Standing Committees.” Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana House of Representatives, house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_StandCmtees.aspx.