Reggie Bagala

Reggie Paul Bagala[1][2] (July 8, 1965 – April 9, 2020) was an American politician who served in the Louisiana House of Representatives as a member of the Republican Party for four months.

Reggie Bagala
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 54th district
In office
January 13, 2020 – April 9, 2020
Preceded byJerry "Truck" Gisclair
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born
Reggie Paul Bagala

(1965-07-08)July 8, 1965
DiedApril 9, 2020(2020-04-09) (aged 54)
Raceland, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Marissa
Children1
Alma materLouisiana State University
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EducationEdit

Reggie Paul Bagala was born on July 8, 1965 and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1989.[3][4]

CareerEdit

From 2014 to 2017, he served as the Lafourche Parish administrator and as director of the Office of Community Services before being fired by Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle after Bagala refused to call council members about an insurance policy. However, he was hired by the by the council to serve as its auditor.[5] He later filed a lawsuit against Cantrelle for violating his First Amendment rights, but his lawsuit was dismissed in 2019.[6]

In 2019, Bagala was elected to represent the open 54th district in the Louisiana House of Representatives in a gain for Republicans in the state house. The district's outgoing representative, three-term state Rep. Jerry "Truck" Gisclair, a Democrat, was term limited and could not seek re-election.[7]

DeathEdit

On April 1, 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized in Raceland, Louisiana.[8] On April 9, Bagala died at the age of 54.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coronavirus Live Updates: Jobless Claims Surpass 16 Million; Aid Package Stalls in Senate". The New York Times. April 10, 2020. Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  2. ^ "Reggie Bagala's Biography".
  3. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Reggie P. Bagala". www.ourcampaigns.com.
  4. ^ "Louisiana lawmaker Reggie Bagala dies after battle with coronavirus". April 9, 2020. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.
  5. ^ "Candidates for state House District 54 tout experience, pledge coastal protection". September 9, 2019. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.
  6. ^ "Judge dismisses suit over firing". February 25, 2019. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Reggie Bagala wins state House District 54 seat". October 12, 2019. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.
  8. ^ "LOUISIANA STATE REP. REGGIE BAGALA DIES AGE 54 AMID BATTLE WITH CORONAVIRUS". April 9, 2020. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.
  9. ^ "Louisiana state Rep. Reggie Bagala dies after battle with COVID-19 coronavirus". April 9, 2020. Archived from the original on April 10, 2020.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerry "Truck" Gisclair
Louisiana Representatives
54th District

2020
Succeeded by
Vacant