Chuck McMains

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Francis Charles "Chuck" McMains, Jr.
Louisiana House of Representatives (District 69)
In office
1992–2001
Preceded by Edward Clark Gaudin
Succeeded by Gary James Beard
Louisiana Republican Party State Chairman
In office
2000–2000
Preceded by Mike Francis
Succeeded by Pat Brister
Personal details
Born (1948-10-14) October 14, 1948 (age 68)
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Lynn Coit McMains (married 1970)
Children

Francis Charles McMains, III
Daniel Coit McMains

Cooper Greer McMains
Alma mater

Louisiana State University Laboratory School
Louisiana State University

University of Virginia Law School
Occupation Attorney, businessman, lobbyist
Religion United Methodist

Francis Charles McMains, Jr., known as Chuck McMains (born October 14, 1948), is a Baton Rouge attorney and businessman who served as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 2001 from District 69 in East Baton Rouge Parish. In 1996, McMains made an unsuccessful race for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Democrat J. Bennett Johnston, Jr.

Background[edit]

McMains was born in Norfolk, Virginia,[1] to Dr. and Mrs. Francis McMains, Sr. He graduated in 1966 from the Louisiana State University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge. He procured a Bachelor of Arts degree from LSU in 1970 and a Juris Doctor in 1973 from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He also holds Certified Life Underwriter designation in the life insurance field.

McMains is a Methodist. His wife is the former Mary Lynn Coit (born April 1948), a granddaughter of the plantation manager J. H. Netterville of Newellton in Tensas Parish in northeastern Louisiana.[2] McMains' father-in-law, Wilson Lindsey Coit (1911-1999), was for many years the Chevrolet and John Deere dealer in Newellton. His mother-in-law, Elizabeth Netterville Coit (1913-2004), was born on the Balmoral Plantation in Newellton and taught in the Newellton schools for forty-two years. The Coits are interred at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton.[3][4]Chuck and Mary Lynn McMains have three sons, Francis Charles McMains III, Daniel Coit McMains, and Cooper Greer McMains.

Political and civic activities[edit]

McMains entered the nonpartisan blanket primary on October 19, 1991, against four opponents seeking to succeed the retiring District 69 State Representative Edward Clark Gaudin, the first Republican legislator from East Baton Rouge Parish since Reconstruction. McMains led the primary balloting with 4,600 votes (38 percent). Fellow Republican James "Jim" Talbot finished second with 3,729 ballots (31 percent); in third place was Republican Jefferson Mark "Jeff" Angers, with 2,908 ballots (24 percent). Angers (born 1962) is the son of the late conservative journalist Robert Angers. Only 7 percent of voters in the heavily Republican 69th District voted Democratic, with their ballots split among two minor candidates.

In the second balloting on November 16, 1991, McMains defeated Talbot, 7,015 (53 percent) to 6,314 (47 percent). McMains was reelected in the 1995 primary with 10,502 votes (87 percent) to the Democrat Tommy L. Reese's 1,524 ballots (13 percent). McMains was unopposed for his third term in 1999.

A conservative reform legislator, McMains became the House floor leader for Republican Governor Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Jr. In that role, McMains championed a comprehensive legislative package attacking abuses in Louisiana's civil justice system. Among other measures, his bills repealed punitive damages, strict liability, and joint and several liability. He also authored a comprehensive revision of Louisiana's class action articles and eliminated litigation instituted by Mayor Marc Morial's administration in New Orleans, which sought to curtail the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. McMains was also heavily involved in "Progress Louisiana," Foster's effort to replace Mike Francis as the chairman of the state's Republican State Central Committee. McMains briefly served as party chairman himself in 2000. McMains resigned from the legislature midway through his third term in the summer of 2001 to join the law firm of Jones Walker in its Baton Rouge office. McMains and Foster supported David Boneno, a member of the Baton Rouge metro council, as McMains' successor. Boneno, however, was defeated by Gary J. Beard, who ran on an anti-tax platform and also enjoyed the support of the Christian Coalition.

In the U.S. Senate election held on September 21, 1996, McMains polled 45,164 votes (4 percent) in a 15-candidate field. The top two votegetters, Republican Woody Jenkins of Baton Rouge and Mary Landrieu of New Orleans then competed in the November general election. Landrieu narrowly emerged as the disputed winner.

McMains is a former vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and a past chairman of the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Baton Rouge Symphony and Public Radio. He holds membership in Rotary International and the Louisiana Council for Fiscal Reform. He has been chairman of the Civil Justice Reform Committee of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. He is a lobbyist for such companies as ICF International, a high-powered global professional services firm, as well as American Express, the Property and Casualty Insurance Association of America, ATT and the Institute for Legal Reform of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Louisiana: Chuck McMains", Who's Who in American Politics, 2007-2008 (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2007), p. 666
  2. ^ "Garden Wedding Unites Mary Lynn Coit and Charles McMains, Jr.", Tensas Gazette, St. Joseph, August 20, 1970, p. 2
  3. ^ Obituary of Wilson Lindsey Coit, Natchez Democrat, November 10, 1999
  4. ^ "Elizabeth Netterville Coit". findagrave.com. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Clark Gaudin
Louisiana State Representative from District 69 (East Baton Rouge Parish)

Francis Charles "Chuck" McMains, Jr.
1992–2001

Succeeded by
Gary James Beard
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike Francis
Louisiana Republican Party State Chairman

Francis Charles "Chuck" McMains, Jr.
2000

Succeeded by
Pat Brister