Steve Pugh (Louisiana politician)

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Stephen E. "Steve" Pugh
Louisiana State Representative from District 73 (Tangipahoa Parish)
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 14, 2008
Preceded by Henry "Tank" Powell
Personal details
Born (1961-04-01) April 1, 1961 (age 53)
Hammond
Tangipahoa Parish<br Louisiana, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Pugh
Children Stephen and Christopher Pugh
Residence Ponchatoula
Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
Alma mater Accredited Asset Management Specialist College of Financial Planning
Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Stephen E. Pugh, known as Steve Pugh (born April 1, 1961), is a businessman and financial advisor from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 73 in Tangipahoa Parish.

Pugh is a native of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. In 1979, Pugh briefly attended Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. In 2000, he graduated from the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) College of Financial Planning. From 1978 to 1999, Pugh operated a floral shop. From 1981-1984, Pugh chaired the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. He is Roman Catholic. His wife is Elizabeth Pugh, and the couple has two sons, Stephen and Christopher.[1][2]

With no previous political experience except a competitive but losing campaign for the District 73 seat in 1991,[3] Pugh was elected to the state House in 2007 for the seat vacated by the term-limited Republican Henry "Tank" Powell. Pugh led in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 20, having polled 6,108 votes (43.7 percent). He was scheduled to enter a runoff election with fellow Republican Michelle Aycock, who received 3,327 votes (23.8 percent). A third Republican, Tony Licciardi, and a Democrat, Scott Ploof, trailed with 2,971 and 1,566 votes, respectively.[4] However, Aycock decided not to contest a runoff election, and Pugh hence won the seat without opposition in the general election.

Pugh is an advocate for the elderly and the deaf and hard-of-hearing. He is the legislative point man of the free captioned telephone and telecommunications relay services provided by Hamilton Relay in District 73 and later throughout the state.[5]

In the face of a large state budget shortfall in 2011, Pugh addressed the Southeastern faculty senate and opposed cuts in higher education and health. Instead, he urged his colleagues and Governor Bobby Jindal to work with State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, who has submitted a 16-point plan for trimming the budget and determining more efficient methods of operations.[6]

In his first term, Pugh served on the committees of (1) Commerce, (2) House and Governmental Affairs, and (3) Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs.[2] In the 2011 legislative session, Pugh supported a successful House measure to provide for random drug screening of welfare recipients, but the measure died procedurally in the State Senate. Pugh, meanwhile, opposed the establishment of a commission to determine how the state might gradually abolish its income tax.[7]

Pugh was handily reelected in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011. He defeated fellow Republican David P. Englade, 7,464 (81.1 percent) to 1,740 (18.9 percent).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Steve Pugh". congress.org. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Rep. Steve Pugh". votesmart.org. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Pugh faced then-incumbent Dennis Hebert in a general election runoff, won by Hebert with 53 percent. State representative election 1991 results. District 73 results by parish.
  4. ^ "Official Election Results - Results for Election Date: 10/20/2007". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana State Representative Steve Pugh to Drive Awareness for Hamilton Relay Captioned Telephone and Telecommunications Relay Services". prnewswire.com. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pugh says time to take stand against cuts, December 2, 2010". hammondstar.com. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "How Louisiana State Legislators voted on the issues". amitetoday.com. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry "Tank" Powell
Louisiana State Representative from District 73 (Tangipahoa Parish)

Stephen E. "Steve" Pugh
2008–

Succeeded by
Incumbent