Franklin Foil

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Franklin Johnson Foil
Louisiana State Representative from District 70 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
Assumed office
January 14, 2008
Preceded by Carl Crane
Personal details
Born (1964-10-31) October 31, 1964 (age 50)
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tanja Dee Vanhook Foil
Children Kathleen, Grace, and Andy Foil
Alma mater Louisiana State University

Loyola University New Orleans

Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Franklin Johnson Foil (born October 31, 1964) is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 70, which includes a portion of Baton Rouge. In 2008, he succeeded term-limited Republican Representative Carl Crane, the former chairman of the House Education Committee. To win the seat, Foil defeated fellow Republican attorney Pat Culbertson.

Early life[edit]

Foil was born and raised in Baton Rouge, the son of Frank Foil and the former Judith Johnson. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1987 with a B.A. in Political Science and in 1991 received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, a Captain in the Navy Reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, and has served as Judge Pro Tempore at the Baton Rouge City Court.


Foil is married to the former Tanja Dee Van Hook (born March 10, 1967), and the couple has three children: Kathleen, Grace, and Andy. The family attends First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge where Foil has been a member since 1977. Tanja has a B.A. degree in journalism from LSU. She currently serves on the boards of the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary and the Chi Omega House Corporation. She is a Sustaining Advisor for the Junior League of Baton Rouge.

Election history[edit]

In his first bid for political office, Foil defeated Metro Councilman Pat Culbertson in the general election held on November 17, 2007: 5,399 (53 percent) to 4,809 (47 percent) in a small-turnout election. Culbertson had nearly won the seat outright in the October 20 primary, with 49 percent to 40 percent for Foil. A third Republican candidate, self-styled "Reagan conservative" Aidan Reynolds, also an attorney, drew only 11 percent of the vote.[1]Culbertson was the target of negative mail-outs and television advertisements funded by Lane Grigsby, a Baton Rouge contractor; the ads worked to Foil's benefit.[2]

Foil was easily reelected in the primary election held on October 22, 2011. He defeated the Independent Greg Baldwin, 6,947 votes (77.4 percent) to 2,033 (22.6 percent).[3]


  • [2] Franklin Foil's official Representative page
  • [3] Franklin Foil's personal website


  1. ^ [1] Election Results of primary election from Louisiana Secretary of State
  2. ^ Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, November 18, 2007
  3. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". Retrieved October 22, 2011.