|Christopher J. Leopold|
|Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 105th district
January 9, 2012
|Preceded by||Ernest Wooton|
April 22, 1968 |
Place of birth missing
|Spouse(s)||Joanna Cappiello Leopold|
|Residence||Belle Chasse, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Alma mater||St. Martin's Episcopal School
Southeastern Louisiana University
Christopher J. "Chris" Leopold (born April 22, 1968) from Belle Chasse, Louisiana is a businessman and Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 105, primarily Plaquemines Parish. His district is numerically the last of the state House districts.
A native of southeastern Louisiana, Leopold graduated in 1986 from St. Martin's Episcopal School in Metairie. In 1990, he earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He later attended the Institute of Politics at Loyola University New Orleans.[self-published source] Since 1989, he has been self-employed in commercial real estate development. He also operates an off-shore linen service and engages in specialty advertising sales.
Leopold is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, United Way of America, YMCA, Ducks Unlimited, Rotary International, and the Roman Catholic men's organization, the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, the former Joanna Cappiello, have three children.[self-published source]
Leopold was elected in 1996, 2000, and 2004 to the Republican State Central Committee.[self-published source] In 2011, he was elected to the state House to fill the seat vacated by the term-limited Ernest Wooton, an Independent and a former St. Bernard Parish sheriff. In the general election held on November 19, Leopold defeated fellow Republican, Harold L. "Rocky" Asevedo, a licensed professional counselor and family therapist from Belle Chasse. Leopold polled 4,786 (53.4 percent) votes to Asevedo's 4,183 (46.6 percent). In addition to Plaquemines Parish, the district includes a few precincts from Orleans and Jefferson parishes.
Representative Leopold opposes both the establishment of pre-kindergarten in Louisiana and privatization of the state employees insurance program. He favors changes in federal reimbursement rules to take into account the lack of population in the coastal wetlands, which have been eroding away in Louisiana for many years and impact the oil, natural gas, and fishing industries. To reduce the state prison population, Leopold supports worker training for inmates and a partnership with industry to provide jobs for prisoners upon their release.
Leopold won reelection to the House in the October 24, 2015 primary election. With 6,841 votes (60.2 percent), he defeated the Democrat, Alexis Catherine Billiot, who polled 4,522 votes (39.8 percent).
In July 2017, Leopold lost a secret ballot, 29 to 26, for the vice chairmanship of the House Republican Caucus. He was defeated by the more conservative Tony Bacala of Ascension Parish. The position became available when John Schroder, a conservative from Covington, resigned from the House to pursue a special election on October 14 for state treasurer.
- "My Resume". leopoldforlouisiana.com. Retrieved May 18, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- "State Representative, 105th District". lwvno.org. Archived from the original on December 25, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "General election returns, November 19, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- "Results for Election Date: 10/24/2015". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- Greg Hilburn (July 25, 2017). "Conservatives tighten grip in La. House". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
|Louisiana House of Representatives|
|Louisiana State Representative for District 105 (Plaquemines Parish)
Christopher J. Leopold