Andy Anders

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John Felix "Andy" Anders
Louisiana State Representative from District 21 (Concordia and parts of East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 2006
Preceded by Bryant Hammett
Personal details
Born May 1956
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Ratcliff Anders
Children Bridget Anders Milliken

Rachel Anders Durel
Emily Cooper Anders

Residence Clayton, Concordia Parish, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Louisiana Tech University
Occupation Farmer; Salesman

John Felix Anders, known as Andy Anders (born May 1956), is a farmer and agricultural equipment salesman from Clayton in eastern Louisiana, who is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 21 (Concordia and parts of Tensas, Madison, and East Carroll parishes).

Anders graduated in 1979 from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where he procured a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture and business. He is a farm equipment sales representative. He also raises cattle and hay. Anders and his wife, the former Nancy Ratcliff, have three daughters, Dr. Bridget Anders Milliken and husband, Dr. Tom Terry Milliken; Dr. Rachel Anders Durel and husband, Dr. Jason Durel, and Emily Cooper Anders.[1][2]

Anders initially won his House seat in a special election held on September 20, 2006, to replace the Democrat Bryant Hammett, who resigned to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the administration of Governor Kathleen Blanco. He polled 4,616 (49.2 percent) and defeated two fellow Democrats to fill the fifteen months remaining in Hammett's term. In the regular nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 20, 2007, Anders, with 8,254 voters (60.75 percent), defeated three intraparty rivals.[3]

Anders is chairman of the House Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee and serves too on the Insurance and Homeland Security committees. He is a member of the Tensas-Concordia Soil and Water Conservation Board, the Concordia Farm Bureau Board, and the State and Rural Agriculture Leadership. He is also a member of Ferriday Rotary International. [1]

In 2010, Anders's voting record was ranked 75 percent by the conservative Louisiana Family Forum and 69 percent by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In the 2011 legislative session, Anders voted to make the cigarette tax permanent and to establish a commission to investigate the proposed abolition of the state income tax.[4]

Anders won reelection to the House in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011. He defeated fellow Democrat Justin "Preacher" Conner of Ferriday, 9,217 votes (69.4 percent) to 4,060 votes (30.6 percent).[5]

Anders is listed among the state and local officials who have endorsed the reelection in 2014 of Democrat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John F. "Andy" Anders". lpb.org. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Andy Anders: Biographical Information". andyanders.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Anders, John F. "Andy"". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "John F. "Andy" Anders". votesmart.org. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Landrieu’s GOP Endorsements Pale In Comparison To 2008 Election". thehayride.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bryant Hammett
Louisiana State Representative from District 21 (Concordia, East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas parishes)

John Felix "Andy" Anders
2006–

Succeeded by
Incumbent