Richard P. "Dick" Guidry
|Louisiana State Representative for Lafourche Parish|
1950 (?) – 1954 (?)
|Preceded by||Dudley A. Bernard|
Woolen J. Falgout
|Succeeded by||L. G. LaPlante, Jr.|
|Born||September 22, 1929|
Galliano, Lafourche Parish
|Died||March 26, 2014(aged 84)|
|Residence||Galliano, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Golden Meadow High School in Golden Meadow, Louisiana|
- For the Louisiana advocate of the French language, see Richard Guidryl for another Louisiana state representative, see Jesse J. Guidry.
Richard P. Guidry, known as Dick Guidry (September 22, 1929 – March 26, 2014) was a businessman from Galliano, Louisiana, who was a Democrat former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Lafourche Parish. He is considered the youngest member ever elected to the Louisiana House.
On February 1, 2014, less than two months before his death, Guidry and seven others were inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. In the same ceremony, Guidry's state senate colleague, Harvey Peltier, Jr., of Thibodaux, received posthumous induction.
The Hall of Fame claims that Guidry was elected to the House by a margin of seventeen votes in 1952, when he was twenty-three. He served from Lafourche Parish from 1952 to 1956.
Francis Dugas, a lawyer from Thibodaux, held a House seat from Lafourche Parish from 1956 to 1960. Guidry thereafter took office in May 1964 and left the House permanently in 1976 after three more terms. In the first ever nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 1, 1975, Guidry did not run again. In his last term from 1972 to 1976, he served alongside future U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin of Louisiana's 3rd congressional district and later State Senator Leonard J. Chabert.
In 1966, Guidry and State Senator Dudley J. LeBlanc of Vermilion Parish, who made a fortune in the patent medicine Hadacol, challenged U.S. Representative Edwin E. Willis in the Democratic primary in the Third Congressional District. Willis prevailed and then defeated in the general election the Republican candidate, Hall Lyons of Lafayette, but it was Willis's last term in the seat, for he was unseated in the 1968 primary by Patrick T. Caffery.
In 1970, Representative Guidry obtained designation of the South Louisiana Tidal Water Control Levee District, signed into law that year by Governor John McKeithen. In 1978, the entity was renamed the South Lafourche Levee District. Located in Galliano, the hurricane protection system consists of forty-eight miles of ring levee, 33,400 acres within the flood protection system, six pumping stations, and total acreage of nearly 440,000.
In 1971, Guidry announced his candidacy for lieutenant governor but withdrew from consideration after he raised less than a fifth of the $500,000 that he said would be necessary to mount a competitive campaign. Another candidate for lieutenant governor, state Senator Sixty Rayburn of Bogalusa also pulled out of the race for fund-raising problems.
On April 29, 1975, in a "personal privileges" speech on the floor of the Louisiana House, Guidry, considered a Conservative Democrat, decried the communist takeover of the former South Vietnam. He became so outraged over the turn of fortunes against the United States in Southeast Asia that he questioned whether the country could survive until its 300th birthday. Guidry said that voters have the mentality of "a fourteen-year-old". He suggested that actress Jane Fonda and former Black Panthers figure Eldridge Cleaver, before the latter's conversion to conservatism, were "re-gloating and celebrating" the communist triumph.
In 2012, at the Former Legislators Day ceremony in the Louisiana State Capitol, Woody Jenkins, owner of the Central City News in Central in East Baton Rouge Parish, photographed many of his former colleagues, including Guidry. The photographs are posted on the Internet.
Guidry owned the Jet Drive-in Theater, located on Louisiana Highway 1 in Cut Off and the Jet Cinema in Galliano. In the 1980s, the Jet Drive-In was closed because of the falling of the screen tower. For years a popular meeting place for young people, the Jet could accommodate five hundred cars, had a screen 150 feet in height, and a snack bar specializing in chili. Guidry also owned several other area theaters; the Jet became so popular that it drove most of his competitors out of business.
Guidry died at the age of eighty-four on March 26, 2014.
- "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2016" (PDF). house.louisiana.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- "Who's famous?, October 2, 2013". Bossier Press-Tribune. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
- "Everyone gets into state politics". Lake Charles, Louisiana: Lake Charles American Press. August 12, 1966. p. 15. Retrieved September 11, 2014.
- "History of South Lafourche Levee System". slid.org. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
- "Guidry Quits," Minden Press-Herald, August 11, 1971, p. 1.
- "Guidry predicts downfall", Minden Press-Herald, April 30, 1975, pg. 1.
- "Former Louisiana Legislators Day". Central City News. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
- "Nikki Buskey, Drive-in was social center for south Lafourche teens: One in a series on local landmarks and traditions that no longer exist, December 31, 2010". Houma Today. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
- Staff "Legendary Lafourche politician dies", Houma Today, March 26, 2014.
Dudley A. Bernard
Woolen J. Falgout
| Louisiana State Representative for Lafourche Parish
Richard P. "Dick" Guidry
L. G. LaPlante, Jr.