John Alario

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John Alario
President of the Louisiana State Senate
Incumbent
Assumed office
2012
Preceded by Joel Chaisson
Louisiana State Senator from the 8th District
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Chris Ullo
Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives
In office
1984–1988
Preceded by John Hainkel
Succeeded by Jimmy Dimos
In office
1992–1996
Preceded by Jimmy Dimos
Succeeded by Hunt Downer
Louisiana State Representative from the 83rd District
In office
1972–2008
Succeeded by Robert E. Billiot
Personal details
Born John A. Alario, Jr.
(1943-09-15) September 15, 1943 (age 70)
Political party Republican (2010-present)
Democratic (before 2010)
Spouse(s) Alba Williamson Alario
Children John W. "Johnny" Alario

Christopher Brian Alario
Kevin George Alario

Parents John A. Alario, Sr.and Elsie Lombas
Residence Westwego, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater West Jefferson High School (Louisiana)

Southeastern Louisiana University

Occupation School Teacher
Accountant
Businessman

John A. Alario, Jr. (born September 15, 1943) is an American legislator from Westwego in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He has served in the Louisiana State Legislature since 1972. He was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972 to 2008. In 2007, he was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. Alario was Speaker of the House twice. He is currently the President of the Louisiana State Senate.

Early life and career[edit]

Alario was born to John A. Alario, Sr. and Elsie Lombas[1] on September 15, 1943.[2] In 1961, Alario graduated from West Jefferson High School.[3] In 1965 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. From 1965 to 1966 he was a teacher for the Jefferson Parish School Board. In 1966 he began work as an accountant. By 1972 he owned his own tax consulting firm, John A. Alario, Jr. Income Tax Service. He is also a member of the National Society of Public Accountants. In 1973, he became a delegate for the Louisiana Constitutional Convention. From 1979 to 1985, he was chairman of the Louisiana Exposition Authority.[2][3]

Alario has membership in the Knights of Columbus, Louisiana Epilepsy Association, Louisiana International Deep Water Gulf Transfer Terminal Authority and the Westwego Volunteer Fire Department. He was a delegate at the 1972, 1996 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions.[2][3]

State Representative[edit]

Alario became a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1972. As a Representative, Alario was the chairman of the Appropriations, House Executive, and Ways and Means committees. He also served as chairman to the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. He was a member of the House Commerce, House and Governmental Affairs, Legislative Budgetary Control, Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs, Natural Resources, Judiciary B, and Judicial committees.[2][3]

He was selected by Governor Edwin Edwards as Speaker of the House twice, from 1984 to 1988 and from 1992 to 1996.[2] As the House Speaker, Alario was described by a colleague, Ron Gomez of Lafayette, as "a master of adding just the right degree of levity to defuse almost any potentially explosive situation."[4] In 1986, Alario removed Representative Kevin P. Reilly, Sr., of Baton Rouge from the chairmanship of the House Appropriations Committee after thirteen years of service when Reilly, an unsuccessful candidate for state treasurer the following year, criticized Governor Edwards.[5]

With the election of Buddy Roemer as governor, Alario was replaced as Speaker by Jimmy N. Dimos of Monroe. Ron Gomez explained that Alario and Senate President Sammy Nunez of Chalmette nevertheless attempted to maintain their leadership posts. He explained: "Alario immediately had the backing of organized labor, the black caucus, many member from the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish delegations and a healthy number of other House members whom he had helped and to whom he had ingratiated himself over the years."[6]

Overall, Alario served nine terms in the House of Representatives before being term limited from the body in 2007.[2]

State Senate[edit]

In 2007, Alario was elected to the Louisiana State Senate. He began his first term as Senator in 2008. As Senator, Alario served on the Senate Finance and Commerce Committees.[2] On October 25, 2011, Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed Alario for the position of President of the Senate. This came one year after he changed his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican[7]

Ultimately, only one of the thirty-nine senators, freshman Republican Barrow Peacock of Shreveport, voted against the Alario selection.[8] Jindal had supported Peacock's Republican rival, term-limited State Representative Jane H. Smith of Bossier City, in the general election for the District 37 seat held on November 19, 2011.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John A. Alario, Sr. The Man Behind The Name 1924--1985". Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Senator John Alario, Jr.'s Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Senator John A. Alario - District 8". Louisiana State Senate Biography. Retrieved September 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ron Gomez, My Name Is Ron And I'm a Recovering Legislator: Memoirs of a Louisiana State Representative, Lafayette, Louisiana: Zemog Publishing, 2000, ISBN 0-9700156-0-7, pp. 59-70
  5. ^ Gomez, p. 162
  6. ^ Ron Gomez, p. 188
  7. ^ "Ed Anderson, "Gov. Bobby Jindal endorses Sen. John Alario as his choice for Senate president", October 25, 2011". nola.com. Retrieved October 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "John Maginnis, "Standing Up to Jindal", January 23, 2012". businessreport.com. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "4th time is the charm -- Peacock defeats Jindal-backed candidate for Senate seat". politicsla.com. Retrieved January 31, 2012.