Frank Hoffmann

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Frank Albert Hoffmann
Louisiana House of Representatives District 15 (Ouachita Parish)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 14, 2008
Preceded by Mike Walsworth
Personal details
Born (1944-01-28) January 28, 1944 (age 70)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Gilliam Hoffmann
Children Drew Hoffmann

Matthew Thomas Hoffman

Residence West Monroe
Ouachita Parish
Louisiana, USA
Alma mater University of Louisiana at Monroe
Occupation Retired Educator
Religion Baptist
Website http://house.louisiana.gov/h_reps/members.asp?id=15
For other people named Frank Hoffmann, see Frank Hoffmann (disambiguation).

Frank Albert Hoffmann (born January 28, 1944) is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 15 in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. He is known as a leading legislative opponent of abortion. Prior to his entry into politics, Hoffman was a retired Ouachita Parish school administrator from West Monroe.

Early life[edit]

Hoffmann holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, and Ed.D. (since changed to Ph.D.) from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, formerly Northeast Louisiana University.[1] He spent forty-one years in the Ouachita school system as a teacher, principal, personnel director, and, finally, assistant superintendent. His wife, the former Susan Gilliam (born February 9, 1951), also a ULM graduate, is a president of Chase Bank in Ouachita Parish and the only female bank president in North Louisiana.[2][3]

The Hoffmanns have two sons, Matthew Thomas Hoffmann (born 1984) and Drew Hoffmann (born 1989).[4] Hoffmann is active in the First Baptist Church of West Monroe and is chairman of the board of directors of his church's television ministry, KWMS-TV, Channel 17.[5]

Political career[edit]

Hoffmann is vice chairman of the House Education Committee and also serves on the Retirement and Ways and Means committees. He is also a member of the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay and the Legislative Rural Caucus.[1]

He was initially elected to the state House when the retiring Republican Representative Mike Walsworth, also of West Monroe, was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. In the October 20, 2007, nonpartisan blanket primary, Hoffmann led a field of five candidates with 5,962 votes (44 percent). The runner-up was fellow Republican Paul B. Hargrove (born November 17, 1960) of West Monroe, who polled 4,230 votes (24 percent). Three other candidates, a Republican and two Democrats, shared the remaining 32 percent of the ballots.[6] Hargrove elected not to contest the general election held on November 17, and Hoffmann hence secured the seat in the first round of voting.

Anti-abortion legislator[edit]

In April 2010, Hoffmann introduced legislation to forbid insurance companies operating within Louisiana from offering coverage of elective abortions.[7] The only procedures permitted under the new law, all of whose opponents came from the Black Caucus, would involve miscarriages or abortions to save the mother's life.[7] Hoffmann said that his law was a response to the national health care measure signed by U.S. President Barack Obama in March 2010. Hoffmann added: "Louisiana is a very pro-life state," and his legislative district in the northeastern quadrant of the state is particularly conservative. The legislature also denies medical malpractice protection to doctors who perform certain elective abortions and gives the state the authority to shut down abortion clinics deemed not in compliance with the law.[8]

Hoffman is a strong supporter of the new law which requires that all women who have abortions must first view an ultrasound picture of the child before they undergo the procedure. The new policy also applies in cases of impregnation through rape and incest.[9]

On July 6, 2011, Governor Bobby Jindal came to Hoffman's home church to sign Hoffman's latest legislation, HB 636, which requires the six abortion clinics in Louisiana to post information to clients on alternatives to abortion. The law requires that signs be posted about abortion clinics to inform clients that it is illegal to coerce a woman into procuring an abortion, that the father must provide child support, that certain agencies can assist during and after the pregnancy, and that adoptive parents are available and can pay some of the medical costs involved.[10]

Value-added education assessments[edit]

Hoffmann is the author of newly adopted Louisiana House Bill 1033, which authorizes value-added assessments in schools so that strong educators can be rewarded and successful methods identified. The legislation seeks to identify teachers' weaknesses and offer professional development training to encourage educators to improve their techniques.[2] The interest group, the Louisiana Federation of Teachers opposed Hoffmann's bill but claimed a role in shaping its provisions to make the law more acceptable to professional educators. It passed the state Senate on May 26, 2010, and was immediately signed into law by Governor Jindal.[11]

As a legislator, Hoffman has supported the Louisiana Right to Life Federation and the Louisiana Family Forum 100 percent of the time. He has backed the positions of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry 82 percent of the time.[12]

Teacher tenure law[edit]

In 2010, Hoffmann authored Act 54, which changes the method of evaluating the 55,000 public schoolteachers in Louisiana. Previously, educators faced reviews ever three years, and ratings below "satisfactory" were rare. Under the 2010 law, reviews became annual in the year 2013. Half of the evaluation is linked to the growth in student achievement. The other half stems from general classroom analysis. Educators rated as "ineffective" in two consecutive years face loss of tenure and dismissal.[13]

Hoffmann, who handled the revised law at the request of Governor Jindal, said the measure is "a work in progress. ... We have some "good teachers across the state have low morale right now. We need to improve that."[13] Joyce Haynes, the president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, said that the review process could determine a teacher's future based on results of a single standardized test in one year. Haynes said the state should remove "incompetent" teachers "but not at the expense of moving some of your best in the process or even stigmatizing some of the best."[13]

2011 reelection[edit]

Hoffman was handily reelected to the state House in the primary election held on October 22, 2011. He defeated the Democrat Wayne Trichel, 8,953 votes (81 percent) to 2,102 (19 percent).[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Representative's Personal Page: Frank A. Hoffmann". house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Representative Frank Hoffmann (R-West Monroe)". lagop.com. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Good News for ULM". ulm.edu. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ People Search and Background Check
  5. ^ "KWMS-TV 17". kwmstv17.com. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 20, 2007". house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Michelle Millhollon, House approves ban on abortion coverage". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. April 23, 2010. p. 1A. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Pamela M. Prah, States try new tactics to restrict abortion, July 15, 2010". stateline.org. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Alice May Jones, Ultrasounds to be required for abortions in Louisiana, June 17, 2010". allvoices.com. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Eddington, "Pregnant women find abortion alternatives: Creating a culture of life is more than just words," July 6, 2011". Monroe News Star. Retrieved July 7, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Value-added Education Bill Is Now Law, May 28, 2010". la.aft.org. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Rep. Frank A. Hoffmann (LA)". votesmart.org. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c "Will Sentell, "Teacher evaluation law up for change", March 31, 2013". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Walsworth
Louisiana State Representative from District 15 (Ouachita Parish)

Frank Albert Hoffmann
2008–

Succeeded by
Incumbent