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Not to be confused with the cricketer Geoff Arnold.
Jeffery James "Jeff" Arnold
Louisiana Louisiana House of Representatives District 102 (Algiers section of New Orleans)
Assumed office
April 2002
Preceded by Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
Personal details
Born (1967-06-26) June 26, 1967 (age 47)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Southeastern Louisiana University
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Jeffery James Arnold, known as Jeff Arnold (born June 26, 1967), is a business consultant who is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 102, which encompasses the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Arnold was first elected to the House in a special election held on April 6, 2002.[1] He is hence term-limited and ineligible to seek a fourth four-year term in the 2015 legislative elections.

Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in management/marketing/finance from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He is a fellow of the Loyola University New Orleans Institute of Politics and a member of the New Orleans Police Foundation. He is Roman Catholic and a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and the Catholic men's organization, the Knights of Columbus[1]

In his first election, he received 65.8 percent of the vote over four other Democratic candidates.[2] In his most recent election on October 22, 2011, he polled 81.2 percent of the vote over an intraparty rival named Carlos Williams.[3] Arnold is chairman of the House Commerce Committee and a member of two other committees: the House Executive Committee and the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.[4]

In 2011, Arnold attempted to run for Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, but the position went instead to the Republican Chuck Kleckley of Lake Charles, the choice of Governor Bobby Jindal.[5]

In 2014, Governor Jindal signed a bill sponsored by Arnold which permits former State Senator Francis C. Heitmeier to lobby the legislature even though Heitmeier's brother, David Heitmeier, is the sitting senator for District 7, which includes the Algiers neighborhood. The special exemption permits an immediate family member of an elected official who was a lobbyist for the executive branch of state government for one year prior to January 9, 2012 to be able to lobby the legislature. David Heitmeier abstained from voting on the bill which benefits his brother.[6]

Arnold was among the state and local officials endorsed the unsuccessful reelection bid in 2014 of Democrat U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Representative Jeffery J. "Jeff" Arnold". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Results for Election Date: 4/6/2002". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Results for Election Date: 10/22/2011". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Arnold: Algiers State Representative". Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mark Ballard, Greene joins candidates for speaker of La. House". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved August 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bobby Jindal allows state ethics exception for former Louisiana legislator". New Orleans Times-Picayune. May 31, 2014. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Landrieu’s GOP Endorsements Pale In Comparison To 2008 Election". Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson
Louisiana State Representative from District 102 (Algiers section of New Orleans)

Jeffery James "Jeff" Arnold

Succeeded by