Louisiana House of Representatives

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Louisiana House of Representatives
Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane
71st Louisiana Legislature
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Type
Type
Term limits
3 Terms (12 years)
History
New session started
March 9, 2020
Leadership
Clay Schexnayder (R)
since January 13, 2020
Tanner Magee (R)
since January 13, 2020
Structure
Seats105
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Political groups
Majority
  •    Republican (68)

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution
Salary$15,362/year
Elections
Last election
October 12 and November 16, 2019
(105 seats)
Next election
October 14 and November 18, 2023
(105 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website
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The Louisiana House of Representatives (French: Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane) is the lower house in the Louisiana State Legislature, the state legislature of the US state of Louisiana. The House is composed of 105 representatives, each of whom represents approximately 42,500 people (2000 figures). Members serve four-year terms with a term limit of three terms (twelve years). The House is one of the five state legislative lower houses that has a four-year term, as opposed to the near-universal two-year term.

The House convenes at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Leadership of the House

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is customarily recommended by the governor (although this is not in House rules), then elected by the full House. [1] In addition to presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The House of Representatives also elects a Speaker pro tempore to preside in the absence of the Speaker.

The current Speaker is Republican Clay Schexnayder, who was elected to that position in 2020. His deputy is the Speaker pro tempore, currently Republican Tanner Magee who was also elected to the position in 2020. The Speaker pro tempore presides when the Speaker is not present.

Composition

The Louisiana House of Representatives comprises 105 representatives elected from across the state from single-member districts by registered voters in the district. Representatives must be electors, be at least eighteen years old, be domiciled in the district they represent at least one year, and have resided in the state two years. The House is the judge of its members' qualifications and elections. All candidates for state representative in a district compete in a nonpartisan blanket primary; if no candidate earns 50+1 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters advance into the general election. Elections occur every four years and representatives are limited to three four-year terms (12 years). If a seat is vacant, it will be filled in a special election. House sessions occur along with the Louisiana State Senate, every year, for sixty legislative days in even-numbered years and forty-five legislative days in odd-numbered years in which only monetary bills can be considered. The House is the lower legislative chamber of the Louisiana State Legislature; the upper house is the Louisiana State Senate. The Louisiana House has sole authority to impeach state officials and introduce appropriation bills. The Louisiana House of Representatives was established, along with its functions and authority, in Article III, Section 3 of the Louisiana Constitution.

Party membership

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of legislature 2011572461050
Begin 2012582451050
End of legislature 20155944
Begin 2016612421050
End of legislature 2019605391041
Begin 2020682351050
Latest voting share

Members

DistrictNamePartyParishes representedFirst electedEligible for reelection
1 Danny McCormick Rep Bossier and Caddo 2019Yes
2 Samuel Jenkins Jr. DemBossier and Caddo2015Yes
3 Tammy Phillips DemCaddo2019Yes
4 Cedric Glover DemCaddo2015Yes
5 Alan Seabaugh RepCaddo2010No
6 Thomas Pressly RepBossier and Caddo2019Yes
7 Larry Bagley RepCaddo, DeSoto, and Sabine 2015Yes
8 Raymond Crews RepBossier2017Yes
9 Dodie Horton RepBossier2015Yes
10 Wayne McMahen Rep Webster and Bossier2018Yes
11 Patrick O. Jefferson Dem Bienville, Claiborne, and Lincoln 2011No
12 Christopher Turner RepLincoln and Union 2019Yes
13 Jack McFarland RepBienville, Jackson, Ouachita, and Winn 2015Yes
14 Michael Echols Rep Morehouse and Ouachita2019Yes
15 Foy Gadberry RepOuachita2019Yes
16 Frederick D. Jones DemMorehouse and Ouachita2019Yes
17 Pat Moore DemOuachita2019Yes
18 Jeremy LaCombe Dem Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana 2019Yes
19 Francis C. Thompson Dem East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and West Carroll 2019Yes
20 Neil Riser Rep Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, and Tensas 2019Yes
21 C. Travis Johnson DemCatahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Madison, and Tensas2019Yes
22 Michael Gabe Firment Rep Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Red River, and Winn2019Yes
23 Kenny Ray Cox DemDeSoto, Natchitoches, and Red River2011No
24 Rodney Schamerhorn RepNatchitoches, Sabine, and Vernon 2019Yes
25 Lance Harris Rep Rapides 2011No
26 Ed Larvadain DemRapides2019Yes
27 Michael T. Johnson RepRapides2019Yes
28 Daryl Deshotel Rep Avoyelles 2019Yes
29 Edmond Jordan Dem East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge2016Yes
30 Chuck Owen Rep Beauregard and Vernon2019Yes
31 Jonathan Goudeau Rep Lafayette and Vermilion 2019Yes
32 R. Dewith Carrier Rep Allen, Beauregard, and Calcasieu 2019Yes
33 Les Farnum RepCalcasieu2019Yes
34 Wilford Dan Carter Sr. DemCalcasieu2019Yes
35 Stephen Dwight RepBeauregard and Calcasieu2015Yes
36 Phillip Tarver RepCalcasieu2019Yes
37 Troy Romero RepCalcasieu and Jefferson Davis 2019Yes
38 Rhonda Butler Rep Evangeline and St. Landry 2019Yes
39 Julie Emerson RepLafayette and St. Landry2015Yes
40 Dustin Miller DemSt. Landry2015Yes
41 Phillip DeVillier Rep Acadia, Evangeline, and St. Landry2015Yes
42 John Stefanski RepAcadia and Lafayette2017Yes
43 Stuart Bishop RepLafayette2011No
44 Vincent Pierre DemLafayette2011No
45 Jean-Paul Coussan RepLafayette2015Yes
46 Mike "Pete" Huval RepIberia, St. Landry, and St. Martin 2011No
47 Ryan Bourriaque RepCalcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion2019Yes
48 Beau Beaullieu Rep Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin2019Yes
49 Blake Miguez RepIberia and Vermillion2015Yes
50 Vincent St. Blanc III RepSt. Martin and St. Mary 2019Yes
51 Beryl Amedee Rep Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne 2015Yes
52 Jerome Zeringue RepLafourche and Terrebonne2015Yes
53 Tanner Magee RepLafourche and Terrebonne2015Yes
54 Joseph Orgeron RepJefferson and Lafourche2020Yes
55 Bryant Fontenot RepLafourche2019Yes
56 Gregory A. Miller Rep St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2011No
57 Randal Gaines DemSt. Charles and St. John the Baptist2011No
58 Ken Brass Dem Ascension, Iberville, and St. James 2017Yes
59 Tony Bacala RepAscension2015Yes
60 Chad M. Brown DemAssumption and Iberville2015Yes
61 C. Denise Marcelle DemEast Baton Rouge2015Yes
62 Roy Adams IndEast Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, and West Feliciana2019Yes
63 Barbara Carpenter DemEast Baton Rouge2015Yes
64 Valarie Hodges RepEast Baton Rouge and Livingston 2011No
65 Barry Ivey RepEast Baton Rouge2013Yes
66 Rick Edmonds RepEast Baton Rouge2015Yes
67 Larry Selders DemEast Baton Rouge2019Yes
68 Steven McKnight RepEast Baton Rouge2019Yes
69 Paula Davis RepEast Baton Rouge2015Yes
70 Barbara Freiberg RepEast Baton Rouge2019Yes
71 Buddy Mincey Jr. RepLivingston2019Yes
72 Robby Carter DemEast Feliciana, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa 2015Yes
73 William Wheat Jr. RepTangipahoa2019Yes
74 Larry Frieman Rep St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington 2019Yes
75 Malinda Brumfield White DemSt. Tammany and Washington2015Yes
76 Robert Owen RepSt. Tammany2019Yes
77 Mark Wright RepSt. Tammany2017Yes
78 John Illg Jr. RepJefferson2019Yes
79 Debbie Villio RepJefferson2019Yes
80 Polly Thomas RepJefferson2016Yes
81 Clay Schexnayder RepAscension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, and St. James2011No
82 Charles Henry RepJefferson2019Yes
83 Kyle Green Jr. DemJefferson2019Yes
84 Timothy Kerner RepJefferson2019Yes
85 Joseph Marino III IndJefferson2016Yes
86 Nicholas Muscarello RepTangipahoa2018Yes
87 Rodney Lyons DemJefferson2015Yes
88 Kathy Edmonston RepAscension2019Yes
89 Richard Nelson RepSt. Tammany2019Yes
90 Mary DuBuisson RepSt. Tammany2018Yes
91 Mandie Landry Dem Orleans 2019Yes
92 Joseph Stagni RepJefferson and St. Charles2017Yes
93 Royce Duplessis DemOrleans2018Yes
94 Stephanie Hilferty RepJefferson and Orleans2015Yes
95 Sherman Q. Mack RepLivingston2011No
96 Marcus Bryant DemIberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin2019Yes
97 Matthew Willard DemOrleans2019Yes
98 Aimee Adatto Freeman DemOrleans2019Yes
99 Candace Newell DemOrleans2019Yes
100 Jason Hughes DemOrleans2019Yes
101 Edward James DemEast Baton Rouge2011No
102 Gary Carter Jr. DemOrleans2015Yes
103 Ray Garofalo RepOrleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines 2011No
104 Paul Hollis RepSt. Tammany2011No
105 Mack Cormier DemJefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines2019Yes

Committee assignments

The committees of the Louisiana House review proposed bills and either kill them or recommend their passage to the full House. Each committee has a specialized area it oversees. Committees can call upon state officials to testify at committee meetings. Committee memberships, including chairmanships and vice chairmanships, are assigned by the Speaker. [2]

NameChairmanVice Chair
Administration of Criminal JusticeTed JamesTony Bacala
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, & Rural DevelopmentJack McFarlandFrancis Thompson
AppropriationsJerome "Zee" ZeringueGary Carter
Civil Law and ProcedureGreg MillerMichael Johnson
CommercePaula DavisStephanie Hilferty
EducationRay GarofaloMark Wright
Health & WelfareLarry BagleyChris Turner
House & Governmental AffairsStephen DwightRoyce Duplessis
InsuranceChad BrownEdmond Jordan
JudiciaryRandal GainesSherman Mack
Labor & Industrial RelationsBarbara CarpenterValerie Hodges
Municipal, Parochial, & Cultural AffairsMike HuvalJoe Stagni
Natural Resources & EnvironmentJean-Paul CoussanRyan Bourrique
RetirementLance HarrisGerald "Beau" Beaullieu
Transportation, Highways, & Public WorksVincent PierreKen Brass
Ways and MeansStuart BishopJohn Stefanski

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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References

  1. (see House Rule 2.3, House Journal of the 2000 Organizational Session and House Journal of the 2004 Organizational Session, House Journal of January 14, 2008).
  2. “House Standing Committees.” Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana House of Representatives, house.louisiana.gov/H_Reps/H_Reps_StandCmtees.aspx.