Charles "Bubba" Chaney

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Charles R. "Bubba" Chaney
Louisiana State Representative from District 19 (all or parts of East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and West Carroll parishes in northeastern Louisiana)
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Francis C. Thompson
Personal details
Born September 1946
Political party Democratic-turned-Republican (2011)
Spouse(s) Sharon Crawford Chaney
Residence Rayville, Richland Parish
Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Occupation Businessman

Charles R. "Bubba" Chaney (born September 1946) is a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 19, which includes his home city of Rayville in Richland Parish in northeastern Louisiana.[1] He was elected in 2007, when he defeated Anita Mack-Tennant.[2] The position opened when the long-term Democratic incumbent Francis C. Thompson of Delhi was term-limited and ran instead, successfully, for the Louisiana State Senate.[3]

On February 7, 2011, Chaney made headlines by vaulting from the Democrats to the Republicans. His switch was notable because it gave the GOP its first majority in the Louisiana House of Representatives since Reconstruction.[4]

Chaney is the owner and manager of Albert's Men's Wear in Rayville. He is married to the former Sharon Crawford.

Chaney is a member of the Louisiana House Committee on Education; in 2010 a bill he sponsored, to broaden the approval process for textbooks in public schools. This stand brought him into opposition from the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, which Chaney said "absolutely ambushed" him.[5] Chaney's score from the Louisiana Family Forum was 56 percent in 2008 and 78 percent in 2009.[6]

Chaney was unopposed for a second term in the House in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chaney's bio on the Louisiana Legislature site (accessed 2011-02-13).
  2. ^ Chaney information on Ballotpedia (accessed 2011-02-13).
  3. ^ "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hilburn, Greg (2011-02-08). "Chaney switches to GOP". News Star (Monroe, Louisiana). Retrieved 2011-02-09.  See also "Chaney latest to switch to the GOP". Times-Picayune (Metro Edition). 2011-02-13. p. A7. Retrieved 2011-12-13.  Prior to Chaney's switch the Republicans had a plurality but not a majority in Louisiana's 105-member House of Representatives.
  5. ^ Barrow, Bill (2010-04-22). "Louisiana Family Forum forces shelving of textbook selection bill". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ Chaney's rating on Project VoteSmart (accessed 2011-02-13).
  7. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis C. Thompson
Louisiana State Representative from District 19

Charles R. "Bubba" Chaney
2008–

Succeeded by
Incumbent