Rick Gallot

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Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr.
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2012
Preceded by Joe McPherson
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 11th district
In office
Preceded by Pinkie C. Wilkerson
Succeeded by Patrick O. Jefferson
Personal details
Born 1966
Political party Democratic
Residence Grambling, Louisiana
Alma mater Grambling State University

Southern University

Profession Attorney

Richard Gallot, Jr., known as Rick Gallot (born 1966), is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate from District 29, which encompasses the African American portions of seven parishes: Bienville, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Rapides, and Winn parishes. In the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011, Gallot received 12,992 votes (50.3 percent). Trailing was the Republican Tony "Bo" Vets, with 7,579 votes (29.3 percent) and Democrat Mary L. Wardsworth, who polled 5,271 votes (20.4 percent).[1]

Gallot, who is African American, succeeds the term-limited white Democratic Senator Joe McPherson of Woodworth in southern Rapides Parish, who had represented a different configuration of the district.[1]

From 2000 to 2012, Gallot held the District 11 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The House district was established after the 1990 census to guarantee a black voter majority. Gallot won the position after the popular incumbent Pinkie C. Wilkerson of Grambling was killed on August 1, 2000, in a six-vehicle accident on Interstate 20 in Bossier City. At the time of her death, Wilkerson, committed to the Gore/Lieberman ticket, had been scheduled two weeks thereafter as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California.

In the 2007 primary, Gallot handily defeated the sister of Pinkie Wilkerson to win his third term in the legislative chamber.

Despite a generally progressive voting record, in 2014 Gallot was one of only two democrats in the State Senate to vote against reforming Louisiana's payday lending laws, siding with the payday lending industry against a grassroots campaign that supported reform.[2]

Gallot is a member of the Gamma Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.


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