Dale M. Erdey

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Dale Michael Erdey
Louisiana State Representative from District 71 (Livingston Parish)
In office
2000–2008
Preceded by Heulette Fontenot
Succeeded by J. Rogers Pope
Louisiana State Senator from District 13 (Livingston, Tangipahoa, and East Baton Rouge parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Heulette Fontenot
Personal details
Born (1954-12-06) December 6, 1954 (age 59)
Hammond
Tangipahoa Parish
Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Donna Carlisle Erdey
Children Lindsey E. McCaskill

Ashlyn E. McMorris
Leah E. Smith
Trey Erdey

Residence Livingston, Livingston Parish, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Doyle High School

Louisiana State University

Occupation Real estate and insurance agent
Religion United Methodist

Dale Michael Erdey (born December 6, 1954) is a real estate and insurance agent in Livingston, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate from District 13 (East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa,[1] and mostly Livingston parishes). He has served since 2008 and holds the seat vacated by the conservative Republican Heulette Fontenot.

Background[edit]

A native of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish, Erdey is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, having served two terms from 2000 to 2008 in District 71 in Livingston Parish. He graduated from Doyle High School in Livingston.[2] In 1976, Erdey received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[3] From 1993 to 1997, Erdey was elected mayor of Livingston. His father was also mayor of Livingston.[2]

Erdey is a member of the Greater Denham Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis International, the Masonic lodge, and the National Rifle Association. He is active in the Livingston United Methodist Church.[1][3]

Erdey and his wife, the former Donna Carlisle,(now divorced) have four children,[3] Lindsey E. McCaskill and husband Brian, Ashlyn E. McMorris and husband Cody, Leah F. Smith and husband Josh, and Trey Ashley Felder.[1]

Legislative service[edit]

In the 1999 House primary to pick a successor to Representative Heulette Fontenot, who ran for the state Senate, Erdey led four Democrats, having polled 6,719 votes (42.2 percent). The runner-up was Kathleen Dawkins with 4,932 votes (30.1 percent). Two others held the remaining 27 percent of the ballots.[4] In the general election,

Erdey defeated Dawkins, 7,070 (60.5 percent) to 4,614 (39.5 percent).[5] Erdey was unopposed for his second term in the House and for his thus far first term in the state Senate.

In 2010-2011, Erdey served on these committees: (1) Capital Outlay, (2) Enivronmental Quality, (3) Health and Welfare, (4) Revenue and Fiscal Affairs, and (5) Transportation, Highways, and Public Works as the vice chairman.[3] In 2010, Erdey supported the positions of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry 59 percent of the time. In 2009 and 2010, he backed the Louisiana Family Forum 89 percent. In 2009, he was ranked 100 percent by the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. In 2001, as a House member, Erdey was rated 0 percent by Louisiana Planned Parenthood. In 2011, Erdey voted to make permanent an increase in the state tobacco tax, but the veto of the measure by Governor Bobby Jindal was upheld by the legislature.[3]

Erdey claims to have voted to reduce taxes by more than $1 billion in the six legislative sessions prior to 2012. He voted to repeal the Stelly Plan, a state income tax and sales tax transfer plan authored by former Representative Vic Stelly of Lake Charles. He advocates repeal of the state inheritance and gift taxes. He has also worked to increase funding for public education and major highway and major infrastructure projects in his district, and voted to triple his salary [1]

Reelection in 2011[edit]

Erdey won Senate reelection in the primary election held on October 22, 2011. He defeated his fellow Republican Derek Babcock, 19,831 (64.8 percent) to 10,785 (35.2 percent). No Democrat ran in the district.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dale Erdey Running for Reelection in State Senate, August 24, 2011". centralspeaks.com. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Senator Dale M. Erdey". louisianagovernmentalstudies.com. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Senator Dale M. Erdey". votesmart.org. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns October 23, 1999". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 20, 1999". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
Louisiana Senate
Preceded by
Heulette Fontenot
Louisiana State Senator from District 13 (Livingston, Tangipahoa, and East Baton Rouge parishes)

Dale Michael Erdey
2008–

Succeeded by
Incumbent
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Heulette Fontenot
Louisiana State Representative from District 71 (Livingston Parish)

Dale Michael Erdey
2000–2008

Succeeded by
J. Rogers Pope