Thomas G. Carmody

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Thomas Gaughan Carmody, Jr.
Louisiana House of Representatives from District 6 (Caddo and Bossier parishes)
In office
2008–2012
Preceded by Mike Powell
Personal details
Born (1961-04-20) April 20, 1961 (age 53)
Shreveport
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Wendy Williamson Carmody
Children Rose Marie
Residence Shreveport, Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Jesuit High School (Shreveport)

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge)

Occupation Real estate broker
Religion Roman Catholic

Thomas Gaughan Carmody, Jr. (born April 20, 1961), is a real estate broker from Shreveport, Louisiana, who since 2008 has been a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 6 in Caddo and Bossier parishes.[1]

Background[edit]

Carmody is a son of Thomas Gaughan Carmody, Sr., and the former Katherine Elizabeth Phelan of Shreveport; Mrs Carmody, originally from Beaumont, Texas. His paternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roderick Carmody, Sr., of Shreveport.[2] He graduated in 1979 from the Roman Catholic Jesuit High School in Shreveport.[3] In 1983, Carmody received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[4]

Prior to his election to the legislature, Carmody served two terms (1998 - 2002 and 2002 -2006) as the District C member of the Shreveport City Council, which covers much of the same territory as House District 6, the bedroom communities of Broadmoor, South Highlands and Pierremont situated along Youree Drive, Kings Highway, and Line Avenue. In 2003, councilman Carmody pushed for an independent review of the police-related shooting death of Marquise Hudspeth, which at the time attracted national headlines.[5]


House career[edit]

Carmody won a special election to the House after a fellow Republican Mike Powell stepped down in December 2007 before he could even begin his second term.[1] Shreveport businessman Barrow Peacock, a Republican, immediately announced for the open seat, having just lost a state senate race to former Representative B.L. "Buddy" Shaw. Ultimately, however, Carmody defeated Peacock, 52 to 48 percent. In 2011 election cycle Carmody ran unopposed, and Peacock won the Senate seat to succeed the retiring Buddy Shaw.[5]

Carmody serves on the House Commerce, Education, and the Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs committees.[4] Carmody's biggest donors in his initial election were the Republican Party, the Louisiana Association of Educators, and the Louisiana Hospital Association.[6]

Carmody ran for the House as a fiscal conservative and successfully worked to repeal the Stelly Plan, which had increased progressive state income taxes along with a decrease in regressive sales taxes. He has worked to fund public education and to protect youth from abuse. He secured passage in 2009 of a bill which strengthens penalties involving the crime of indecent behavior with juveniles. He has pushed to fund completion of Interstate 49 from Shreveport to the Arkansas border.

In 2014, Carmody introduced a bill to make the Bible the "official state book" as a way to "educate" people. Liberal critics accused him of attempting to place religious faith inappropriately into the government sphere. Some said his bill would trivialize the Bible. Carmody said that his bill had become a distraction, and he withdrew it from consideration. Keith Werhan, a constitutional law authority at Tulane University Law School said that the proposed legislation would not have been different than a U.S. President evoking the name of God in a State of the Union address or the placement of "In God We Trust" on money.[7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Michael Barry Carmody obituary (uncle of Representative Carmody)". Shreveport Times. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Representative Thomas G. Carmody, Jr.". house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Representative Thomas G. Carmody, Jr. (LA)". votesmart.org. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "House Member: Rep. Carmody (R)". mobilelgs.com. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Carmody, Jr., Thomas G.". followthemoney.org. Retrieved July 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Julia O'Donoghue, Lawmaker pulls bill to make Holy Bible Louisiana's official state book, April 21, 2014". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved April 23, 2014. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Powell
Louisiana State Representative from District 6 (Caddo and Bossier Parishes)

Thomas Gaughan Carmody, Jr.
2008–

Succeeded by
Incumbent