Jay Morris

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John Clyde Morris, III
Louisiana Louisiana State Representative from District 14 (Morehouse and Ouachita parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 9, 2012
Preceded by Sam Little
Personal details
Born 1958
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Emily Morris
Children John, Ashley, and Carrie Morris
Alma mater Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Law Center

Occupation Businessman; Lawyer

John Clyde Morris, III,(born 1958), is a businessman and attorney from Monroe, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 14, which encompasses Ouachita and Morehouse parishes in the northeastern portion of his state.

Background[edit]

Morris formerly worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., a Democrat.[1] He was also a staff member at one time for the Louisiana Municipal Association.[2] He is a partner of the Thompson, Sparks, Dean and Morris law firm.[1][3]

Prior to residing in Monroe, Morris lived in St. Joseph in Tensas Parish, Rayville in Richland Parish, and New Orleans.[4]


Unseating Sam Little[edit]

Morris won the state representative position in the general election held on November 19, 2011, when he unseated fellow Republican Sam Little, a retired farmer, originally from Bastrop in Morehouse Parish. Morris polled 5,005 votes (59.1 percent) to Little's 3,463 ballots (40.9 percent).[5] In the campaign for the heavily redistricted seat, Little and Morris accused each other of engaging in negative campaigning. Morris is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State University Law Center, both in Baton Rouge.[1]

Morris led the three-candidate field in the primary held on October 22, with 5,078 votes (42.6 percent). Little trailed with 4,384 ballots (36.7 percent). A third Republican, Michael Echols, held the remaining but critical 2,471 votes (20.7 percent).[6]From 1991 to 2008, the District 14 seat was held by the Democrat Charles R. McDonald of Bastrop.

Congressional defeat[edit]

On August 13, 2013, Morris announced that he would enter Louisiana's 5th congressional district special election, 2013 to choose a successor to Republican Rodney Alexander, who resigned from Congress effective September 30, 2013, to accept the position of secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs under Governor Bobby Jindal. Despite an aggressive campaign with radio spots on The Moon Griffon Show, Morris finished in sixth place with 7,083 votes (7 percent) and was eliminated from further contention. He led in no parishes and polled his strongest total, 2,932 votes, in his own Ouachita Parish, but even there he finished fourth.[7]

The runoff election was held on November 16, 2013 between two Republicans, State Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish, the front-runner backed by the party establishment, and a dark horse contender, Vance McAllister, a Monroe-area businessman originally from West Carroll Parish who carries the celebrity endorsement of Phil Robertson of the A&E Network reality show, Duck Dynasty, filmed in West Monroe. McAllister's positions are similar to those of Morris,[8] and the two candidates hence competed from the same pool of voters. McAllister scored a major upset when he defeated Riser by a margin of nearly 60 to 40 percent.

On November 2, 2013, Morris laid off several employees from his two firms, Dean Morris LLP and Morris & Associates, after he used more than $300,000 in "personal" funds for his failed congressional race.


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rep. John Morris, III". votesmart.org. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rookie Cheat Sheet". thepoliticaldesk.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Thompson Sparks Dean & Morris". lawyer.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "US Search". ussearch.com. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 19, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "U. S. Representative -- 5th Congressional District". lasos.blob.core.windows.net. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Join Me for a Family Fun Day with Duck Commander Phil Robertson". vancemcallisterforcongress.com. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sam Little
Louisiana State Representative from District 14 (Morehouse and Ouachita parishes)

John Morris
2012–

Succeeded by
Incumbent