Louisiana House of Representatives

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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
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Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution
Salary$15,362/year
Elections
Last election
November 5, 2019
(105 seats)
Next election

(105 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website
Louisiana House of Representatives
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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.

The House convenes at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Leadership of the House[edit]

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).

Composition[edit]

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 membership[edit]

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 legislature 2015 59 44
Begin 2016 61 2 42 105 0
End of legislature 2019 60 5 39 104 1
Begin 2020 68 2 35 105 0
Latest voting share 64.76% 1.92% 33.65%

Current membership (2020)[edit]

District Name Party Parishes represented First elected Eligible for reelection
1 Danny McCormick Rep Bossier and Caddo 2019 Yes
2 Samuel Jenkins Jr. Dem Bossier and Caddo 2015 Yes
3 Tammy Phillips Dem Caddo 2019 Yes
4 Cedric Glover Dem Caddo 2015 Yes
5 Alan Seabaugh Rep Caddo 2010 No
6 Thomas Pressly Rep Bossier and Caddo 2019 Yes
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 No
12 Christopher Turner Rep Lincoln and Union 2019 Yes
13 Jack McFarland Rep Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, and Winn 2015 Yes
14 Michael Echols Rep Morehouse and Ouachita 2019 Yes
15 Foy Gadberry Rep Ouachita 2019 Yes
16 Frederick D. Jones Dem Morehouse and Ouachita 2019 Yes
17 Pat Moore Dem Ouachita 2019 Yes
18 Jeremy LaCombe Dem Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana 2019 Yes
19 Francis C. Thompson Dem East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and West Carroll 2019 Yes
20 Neil Riser Rep Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, and Tensas 2019 Yes
21 C. Travis Johnson Dem Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas 2019 Yes
22 Gabe Firment Rep Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Red River, and Winn 2019 Yes
23 Kenny Ray Cox Dem DeSoto, Natchitoches, and Red River 2011 No
24 Rodney Schamerhorn Rep Natchitoches, Sabine, and Vernon 2019 Yes
25 Lance Harris Rep Rapides 2011 No
26 Ed Larvadain Dem Rapides 2019 Yes
27 Mike Johnson Rep Rapides 2019 Yes
28 Daryl Deshotel Rep Avoyelles 2019 Yes
29 Edmond Jordan Dem East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge 2016 Yes
30 Chuck Owen Rep Beauregard and Vernon 2019 Yes
31 Jonathan Goudeau Rep Lafayette and Vermilion 2019 Yes
32 R. Dewith Carrier Rep Allen, Beauregard, and Calcasieu 2019 Yes
33 Les Farnum Rep Calcasieu 2019 Yes
34 Wilford Dan Carter, Sr. Dem Calcasieu 2019 Yes
35 Stephen Dwight Rep Beauregard and Calcasieu 2015 Yes
36 Phillip Tarver Rep Calcasieu 2019 Yes
37 Troy Romero Rep Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis 2019 Yes
38 Rhonda Butler Rep Evangeline and St. Landry 2019 Yes
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 No
44 Vincent Pierre Dem Lafayette 2011 No
45 Jean-Paul Coussan Rep Lafayette 2015 Yes
46 Mike "Pete" Huval Rep Iberia, St. Landry, and St. Martin 2011 No
47 Ryan Bourriaque Rep Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion 2019 Yes
48 Beau Beaullieu Rep Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin 2019 Yes
49 Blake Miguez Rep Iberia and Vermillion 2015 Yes
50 Vincent St. Blanc III Rep St. Martin and St. Mary 2019 Yes
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 Reggie Bagala Rep Jefferson and Lafourche 2019 Yes
55 Bryant Fontenot Rep Lafourche 2019 Yes
56 Gregory A. Miller Rep St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2011 No
57 Randal Gaines Dem St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2011 No
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 No
65 Barry Ivey Rep East Baton Rouge 2013 Yes
66 Rick Edmonds Rep East Baton Rouge 2015 Yes
67 Larry Selders Dem East Baton Rouge 2019 Yes
68 Steven McKnight Rep East Baton Rouge 2019 Yes
69 Paula Davis Rep East Baton Rouge 2015 Yes
70 Barbara Freiberg Rep East Baton Rouge 2019 Yes
71 Buddy Mincey Jr. Rep Livingston 2019 Yes
72 Robby Carter Dem East Feliciana, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa 2015 Yes
73 William Wheat Jr. Rep Tangipahoa 2019 Yes
74 Larry Frieman Rep St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington 2019 Yes
75 Malinda Brumfield White Dem St. Tammany and Washington 2015 Yes
76 Robert Owen Rep St. Tammany 2019 Yes
77 Mark Wright Rep St. Tammany 2017 Yes
78 John Illg Jr. Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
79 Debbie Villio Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
80 Polly Thomas Rep Jefferson 2016 Yes
81 Clay Schexnayder Rep Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, and St. James 2011 No
82 Charles Henry Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
83 Kyle Green Jr. Dem Jefferson 2019 Yes
84 Timothy Kerner Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
85 Joseph A. Marino, III Ind Jefferson 2016 Yes
86 Nicholas Muscarello Rep Tangipahoa 2018 Yes
87 Rodney Lyons Dem Jefferson 2015 Yes
88 Kathy Edmonston Rep Ascension 2019 Yes
89 Richard Nelson Rep St. Tammany 2019 Yes
90 Mary DuBuisson Rep St. Tammany 2018 Yes
91 Mandie Landry Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
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 No
96 Marcus Bryant Dem Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin 2019 Yes
97 Matthew Willard Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
98 Aimee Adatto Freeman Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
99 Candace Newell Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
100 John Bagneris Dem Orleans 2015 Yes
101 Edward Clark James Dem East Baton Rouge 2011 No
102 Gary Carter Jr. Dem Orleans 2015 Yes
103 Ray Garofalo Rep Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines 2011 No
104 Paul Hollis Rep St. Tammany 2011 No
105 Mack Cormier Dem Jefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines 2019 Yes

Committee Assignments (2019)[edit]

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. [2]

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 Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ “House Standing Committees.” Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana House of Representatives, house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_StandCmtees.aspx.

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