Kirk Talbot

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Michael Kirk Talbot
Louisiana House of Representatives (District 78 -- Jefferson Parish)
Assumed office
Preceded by Shirley Duvigneaud Bowler
Personal details
Born (1969-11-18) November 18, 1969 (age 45)
Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Strong Talbot
Children Two children
Residence River Ridge, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Alma mater St. Martin's Episcopal School

University of Mississippi

Occupation Businessman
Religion Episcopalian

Michael Kirk Talbot (born November 18, 1969) is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from River Ridge, Louisiana, located in Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans.


Talbot attended Saint Martin's Episcopal School in his native Metairie in Jefferson Parish and holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi at Oxford.[1]

Political career[edit]

First elected in the 2007 general election against Harahan Councilwoman Tiffany Scot Wilken[2] to replace the term-limited District 78 Representative Shirley D. Bowler, a Republican who had served since 1992.[3]

Cuts to higher education[edit]

Talbot is a proponent of reduced spending by Louisiana government, specifically naming higher education as an area ripe for cutting. In a June 15, 2009, letter to the editor of the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Talbot explicitly opposed 2009 Louisiana Senate Bill 335 by Senator Lydia P. Jackson of Shreveport and criticized the increased rate of state spending for higher education over the last 10 years; Jackson’s bill was an attempt to delay a state income-tax reduction as a means of forestalling a 15.4-percent budget cut to Louisiana's public universities.[4] The income-tax reduction was in a 2008 statute intended to accelerate reversal of the Stelly Plan, named for its author, former Republican State Representative Vic Stelly of Lake Charles. Talbot supported the reversal in his 2007 campaign in which he also endorsed private school vouchers.[5] Talbot's letter was symptomatic of a larger struggle over the budget in the Louisiana Legislature. On the next day (June 16, 2009) and without naming Talbot, a letter from Louisiana State Senate president Joel Chaisson appeared in the Times-Picayune. Chaisson asserted there was "a misguided attempt by the House to protect their member projects"; the representatives were "allowing their member projects to go forward even if higher education is not properly funded" according to Chaisson.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Talbot and his wife, the former Julie Strong, have a daughter and a son. The Talbots, part owners of Lucky Dogs Inc.,[7] are involved in various business-related organizations in Jefferson Parish. For one year in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Talbot worked for Fannie Mae. The Talbots attend Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church.[8]


  1. ^ Talbot on Louisiana House site. See also Talbot bio on Votesmart site.
  2. ^ Drew Broach & Mary Sparacello, "Jefferson Politics: Charles Cusimano, Tiffany Scot Wilken land more public work; Sharon Augillard prepares for Kenner" in Times-Picayune 2009 May 30 (retrieved 2009 June 16).
  3. ^ Dan Shea, “Kirk Talbot locks up runoff slot in 78th House District” in Times-Picayune (New Orleans), 2007 October 21.
  4. ^ Kirk Talbot, "Higher ed’s cries of poverty don’t fit numbers" in Times-Picayune, 2009 June 15, Metro Edition, p. B3.
  5. ^ Michelle Hunter, Talbot campaign profile in Times-Picayune, 2007 October 03.
  6. ^ Joel Chaisson II, "Senate's mission is to solve higher ed funding" in Times-Picayune, St. Tammany Edition, 2009 June 16, p. B4. See also Bill Barrow, "House, Senate in budget battle: Standoff is having wide-ranging effects" in Times-Picayune, 2009 June 16, Saint Tammany Edition, pp. A1, A4; and Jan Moller "Jindal to trim $278 million in Times-Picayune, 2009 June 16, Saint Tammany Edition, p. A2 (web version = Gov. Bobby Jindal says he will veto 'contingencies' in state budget bill.)
  7. ^ A New Orleans restaurant specializing in hot dogs (Lucky Dogs on
  8. ^ Talbot campaign bio.
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Shirley Duvigneaud Bowler (R)
Louisiana Legislature House District 78
(Jefferson Parish)

Succeeded by