Louisiana House of Representatives

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Louisiana House of Representatives
Louisiana State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits 3 Terms (12 years)
History
New session started March 12, 2012
Leadership
Speaker of the House Chuck Kleckley, (R)
Since January 9, 2012
Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger, III, (D)
Since January 9, 2012
Majority Leader Lance Harris, (R)
Since December 10, 2012
Minority Leader John Bel Edwards, (D)
Since January 9, 2012
Structure
Seats 105
Political groups Republican Party (58)
Democratic Party (45)
Independent (2)
Length of term 4 years
Authority Article III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution
Salary $15,362/year
Elections
Last election November 19, 2011
(105 seats)
Next election November 2015
(105 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Louisiana House of Representatives.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website
Louisiana House of Representatives

The Louisiana House of Representatives (French: Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane) is the lower house in the Louisiana State Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Louisiana. The House is composed of 105 Representatives, each of whom represents approximately 42,500 people (2000 figures). Members serve four-year terms with a term limit of three terms (twelve years). The House is one of the five state legislative lower houses that has a four-year term, as opposed to the near-universal two-year term.

The House convenes at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Leadership of the House[edit]

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is customarily recommended by the Governor (although this is not in House rules), then elected by the full House.[1] In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The House of Representatives also elects a Speaker pro tempore to preside in the absence of the Speaker.

The current Speaker is Republican Chuck Kleckley of the 36th District (Calcasieu) who was elected to that position in 2012 succeeding Jim Tucker. His deputy is the Speaker pro tempore, currently Democrat Walt Leger, III of the 91st District (Orleans). The Speaker pro tempore presides when the Speaker is not present. The Chairman of the Republican Delegation (i. e. the Majority Leader) is Lance Harris of the 25th District (Rapides), the Chairman of the Democratic Caucus (i. e. the Minority Leader) is John Bel Edwards of the 72nd District (Tangipahoa).

Composition[edit]

The Louisiana House of Representatives comprises 105 representatives elected from across the state from single-member districts by registered voters in the district. Representatives must be electors, be at least eighteen years old, be domiciled in the district they represent at least one year, and have resided in the state two years. The House is the judge of its members' qualifications and elections. All candidates for state representative in a district compete in a nonpartisan blanket primary; if no candidate earns 50+1 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters advance into the general election. Elections occur every four years and representatives are limited to three four-year terms (12 years). If a seat is vacant, it will be filled in a special election. House sessions occur along with the Louisiana State Senate, every year, for sixty legislative days in even-numbered years and forty-five legislative days in odd-numbered years in which only monetary bills can be considered. The House is the lower legislative chamber of the Louisiana State Legislature; the upper house is the Louisiana State Senate. The Louisiana House has sole authority to impeach state officials and introduce appropriation bills. The Louisiana House of Representatives was established, along with its functions and authority, in Article III, Section 3 of the Louisiana Constitution.

Leaders[edit]

Position Name Party District
Speaker Chuck Kleckley Republican 36
Speaker pro tempore Walt Leger, III Democratic 91
Majority Leader Lance Harris Republican 25
Assistant Majority Leader Alan Seabaugh Republican 5
Minority Leader John Bel Edwards Democratic 72
Assistant Minority Leader Patricia Haynes Smith Democratic 67

Party membership[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 57 2 46 105 0
Begin 58 2 45 105 0
July 11, 2013[2] 59 44
Latest voting share 56.19% 1.9% 41.9%

Current membership[edit]

District Representative Party Parish(es) represented
1 James H. Morris Rep Bossier and Caddo
2 Roy Burrell Dem Bossier and Caddo
3 Barbara Norton Dem Caddo
4 Patrick Williams Dem Caddo
5 Alan Seabaugh Rep Caddo
6 Thomas G. Carmody Rep Bossier and Caddo
7 Richard Burford Rep Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine
8 Jeff R. Thompson Rep Bossier
9 Henry Burns Rep Bossier
10 Gene Reynolds Dem Webster and Bossier
11 Patrick O. Jefferson Dem Bienville, Claiborne and Lincoln
12 Rob Shadoin Rep Lincoln and Union
13 Jim Fannin Rep Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita and Winn
14 Jay Morris Rep Morehouse and Ouachita
15 Frank Hoffmann Rep Ouachita
16 Katrina Jackson Dem Morehouse and Ouachita
17 Marcus Hunter Dem Ouachita
18 Major Thibaut, Jr. Dem Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana
19 Charles "Bubba" Chaney Rep East Carroll, West Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland
20 Steve Pylant Rep Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle and Tensas
21 Andy Anders Dem Concordia, East Carroll, Catahoula, Madison and Tensas
22 Terry R. Brown Ind Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Red River and Winn
23 Kenny Cox Dem DeSoto, Natchitoches and Red River
24 Frank A. Howard Rep Natchitoches, Sabine and Vernon
25 Lance Harris Rep Rapides
26 Herbert Dixon Dem Rapides
27 Chris Hazel Rep Rapides
28 Robert A. Johnson Dem Avoyelles
29 Regina Barrow Dem East and West Baton Rouge
30 James Armes, III Dem Beauregard and Vernon
31 Nancy Landry Rep Lafayette and Vermilion
32 Dorothy Sue Hill Dem Allen, Beauregard and Calcasieu
33 Michael Danahay Dem Calcasieu
34 A B Franklin Dem Calcasieu
35 Brett Geymann Rep Beauregard and Calcasieu
36 Chuck Kleckley Rep Calcasieu
37 John E. Guinn Rep Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis
38 H. Bernard LeBas Dem Evangeline and St. Landry
39 Stephen Ortego Dem Lafayette and St. Landry
40 Ledricka Thierry Dem St. Landry
41 Mickey Guillory Dem Acadia, Evangeline and St. Landry
42 Jack Montoucet Dem Acadia and Lafayette
43 Stuart Bishop Rep Lafayette
44 Vincent Pierre Dem Lafayette
45 Joel Robideaux Rep Lafayette
46 Mike "Pete" Huval Rep Iberia, Saint Landry, and St. Martin
47 Bob Hensgens Rep Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion
48 Taylor Barras Rep Iberia, Lafayette, and Saint Martin
49 Simone B. Champagne Rep Iberia and Vermillion
50 Sam Jones Dem St. Martin and St. Mary
51 Joe Harrison Rep Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne
52 Gordon Dove Rep Lafourche and Terrebonne
53 Lenar Whitney Rep Lafourche and Terrebonne
54 Jerry Gislcair Dem Jefferson and Lafourche
55 Jerome "Dee" Richard Ind Lafourche
56 Gregory A. Miller Rep St. Charles and St. John the Baptist
57 Randal Gaines Dem St. Charles and St. John the Baptist
58 Ed Price Dem Ascension, Iberville, and St. James
59 Eddie J. Lambert Rep Ascension
60 Karen Gaudet St. Germain Dem Assumption and Iberville
61 Alfred Williams Dem East Baton Rouge
62 Kenny Havard Rep East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana
63 Dalton Honore Dem East Baton Rouge
64 Valarie Hodges Rep East Baton Rouge and Livingston
65 Barry Ivey Rep East Baton Rouge
66 Hunter Greene Rep East Baton Rouge
67 Patricia Haynes Smith Dem East Baton Rouge
68 Stephen Frank Carter Rep East Baton Rouge
69 Erich Ponti Rep East Baton Rouge
70 Franklin Foil Rep East Baton Rouge
71 J. Rogers Pope Rep Livingston
72 John Bel Edwards Dem East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa
73 Steve Pugh Rep Tangipahoa
74 Scott Simon Rep St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington
75 Harold Ritchie Dem St. Tammany and Washington
76 Kevin Pearson Rep St. Tammany
77 John Schroder Rep St. Tammany
78 Kirk Talbot Rep Jefferson
79 Julie Stokes Rep Jefferson
80 Joseph Lopinto Rep Jefferson
81 Clay Schexnayder Rep Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, and St. James
82 Cameron Henry Rep Jefferson
83 Robert Billiot Dem Jefferson
84 Patrick Connick Rep Jefferson
85 Bryan Adams Rep Jefferson
86 Chris Broadwater Rep Tangipahoa
87 Girod Jackson III Dem Jefferson
88 Johnny Berthelot Rep Ascension
89 Timpthy Burns Rep St. Tammany
90 George Gregory Cromer Rep St. Tammany
91 Walt Leger, III Dem Orleans
92 Tom Willmott Rep Jefferson and St. Charles
93 Helena Moreno Dem Orleans
94 Nicholas Lorusso Rep Jefferson and Orleans
95 Sherman Q. Mack Rep Livingston
96 Terry Landry Dem Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin
97 Jared Brossett Dem Orleans
98 Neil Abramson Dem Orleans
99 Wesley Bishop Dem Orleans
100 Austin Badon Dem Orleans
101 Edward James Dem East Baton Rouge
102 Jeff Arnold Dem Orleans
103 Ray Garofalo Rep Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines
104 Paul Hollis Rep St. Tammany
105 Chris Leopold Rep Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines

Standing Committees[edit]

The Committees of the Louisiana House review proposed bills and either kill them or recommend their passage to the full House. Each committee has a specialized area it oversees. Committees can call upon state officials to testify a committee meetings. Committee membership including Chairmanships and Vice Chairmanships are assigned by the Speaker.

Name Chairman Vice Chair
Administration of Criminal Justice Joseph Lopinto Helena Moreno
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Andy Anders Bob Hensgens
Appropriations James R. Fannin Cameron Henry
Civil Law and Procedure Neil Abramson Alan Seabaugh
Commerce Erich Ponti Kirk Talbot
Education Steve Carter Patrick O. Jefferson
Health and Welfare Scott Simon Frank Hoffman
House and Governmental Affairs Timothy Burns Michael Danahay
Insurance Greg Cromer Ledricka Thierry
Judiciary Jeff Arnold Franklin Foil
Labor and Industrial Relations Hebert Dixon Chris Broadwater
Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Girod Jackson III Robert Billiot
Natural Resources and Environment Gordon Dove Jim Morris
Retirement J. Kevin Pearson Nick Lorusso
Transportation, Highways and Public Works Karen Gaudet St. Germain Austin Badon
Ways and Means Joel Robideaux Patrick Williams

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