Louisiana House of Representatives

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Louisiana House of Representatives
Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane
Louisiana State Legislature
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Term limits
3 Terms (12 years)
New session started
March 12, 2012
Taylor Barras (R)
Since January 11, 2016
Walt Leger, III (D)
Since January 9, 2012
Lance Harris (R)
Since December 10, 2012
Gene Reynolds (D)
Since January 11, 2016
Seats 105
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Political groups
Governing party


Length of term
4 years
Authority Article III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution
Salary $15,362/year
Last election
November 19, 2011
(105 seats)
Next election
November 2015
(105 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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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 Chuck Kleckley of the 36th District (Calcasieu) who was elected to that position in 2012 succeeding Jim Tucker. His deputy is the Speaker pro tempore, currently Democrat Walt Leger, III of the 91st District (Orleans). The Speaker pro tempore presides when the Speaker is not present. The Chairman of the Republican Delegation (i. e. the Majority Leader) is Lance Harris of the 25th District (Rapides).


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.


Position Name Party District
Speaker Chuck Kleckley Republican 36
Speaker pro tempore Walt Leger, III Democratic 91
Majority Leader Lance Harris Republican 25
Assistant Majority Leader Alan Seabaugh Republican 5
Minority Leader John Bel Edwards Democratic 72
Assistant Minority Leader Patricia Haynes Smith Democratic 67

Party membership

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of legislature 2011 57 2 46 105 0
Begin 2012 58 2 45 105 0
End of previous legislature 59 44
Begin 2016 61 2 42 105 0
Latest voting share 58.1% 1.9% 40%

Current membership

District Representative Party Parish(es) represented

Members change in January 2020.

1 James H. Morris Rep Bossier and Caddo
2 Samuel Jenkins, Jr. Dem Bossier and Caddo
3 Barbara Norton Dem Caddo
4 Cedric Glover Dem Caddo
5 Alan Seabaugh Rep Caddo
6 Thomas G. Carmody Rep Bossier and Caddo
7 Larry Bagley Rep Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine
8 Bossier
9 Dodie Horton Rep Bossier
10 Gene Reynolds Dem Webster and Bossier
11 Patrick O. Jefferson Dem Bienville, Claiborne and Lincoln
12 Rob Shadoin Rep Lincoln and Union
13 Jack McFarland Rep Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita and Winn
14 Jay Morris Rep Morehouse and Ouachita
15 Frank A. Hoffmann Rep Ouachita
16 Katrina Jackson Dem Morehouse and Ouachita
17 Marcus Hunter Dem Ouachita
18 Major Thibaut, Jr. Dem Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana
19 Charles "Bubba" Chaney Rep East Carroll, West Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita and Richland
20 Steve Pylant Rep Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle and Tensas
21 Andy Anders Dem Concordia, East Carroll, Catahoula, Madison and Tensas
22 Terry R. Brown Ind Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Red River and Winn
23 Kenny Ray Cox Dem DeSoto, Natchitoches and Red River
24 Frank A. Howard Rep Natchitoches, Sabine and Vernon
25 Lance Harris Rep Rapides
26 Jeff Hall Dem Rapides
27 Chris Hazel Rep Rapides
28 Robert A. Johnson Dem Avoyelles
29 Edmond Jordan Dem East and West Baton Rouge
30 James Armes, III Dem Beauregard and Vernon
31 Nancy Landry Rep Lafayette and Vermilion
32 Dorothy Sue Hill Dem Allen, Beauregard and Calcasieu
33 Mike Danahay Dem Calcasieu
34 A. B. Franklin Dem Calcasieu
35 Stephen Dwight Rep Beauregard and Calcasieu
36 Mark Abraham Rep Calcasieu
37 John E. Guinn Rep Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis
38 Bernard LeBas Dem Evangeline and St. Landry
39 Julie Emerson Rep Lafayette and St. Landry
40 Dustin Miller Dem St. Landry
41 Phillip DeVillier Rep Acadia, Evangeline and St. Landry
42 John Stefanski Rep Acadia and Lafayette
43 Stuart Bishop Rep Lafayette
44 Vincent Pierre Dem Lafayette
45 Jean-Paul Coussan Rep Lafayette
46 Mike "Pete" Huval Rep Iberia, Saint Landry, and St. Martin
47 Bob Hensgens Rep Calcasieu, Cameron and Vermilion
48 Taylor Barras Rep Iberia, Lafayette, and Saint Martin
49 Blake Miguez Rep Iberia and Vermillion
50 Sam Jones Dem St. Martin and St. Mary
51 Beryl Amedee Rep Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary and Terrebonne
52 Jerome Zeringue Rep Lafourche and Terrebonne
53 Tanner Magee Rep Lafourche and Terrebonne
54 Jerry "Truck" Gisclair Dem Jefferson and Lafourche
55 Jerome "Dee" Richard Ind Lafourche
56 Gregory A. Miller Rep St. Charles and St. John the Baptist
57 Randal Gaines Dem St. Charles and St. John the Baptist
58 Edward J. Price Dem Ascension, Iberville, and St. James
59 Tony Bacala Rep Ascension
60 Chad M. Brown Dem Assumption and Iberville
61 C. Denise Marcelle Dem East Baton Rouge
62 Kenny Havard Rep East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana
63 Barbara West Carpenter Dem East Baton Rouge
64 Valarie Hodges Rep East Baton Rouge and Livingston
65 Barry Ivey Rep East Baton Rouge
66 Rick Edmonds Rep East Baton Rouge
67 Patricia Haynes Smith Dem East Baton Rouge
68 Stephen Frank Carter Rep East Baton Rouge
69 Paula Davis Rep East Baton Rouge
70 Franklin Foil Rep East Baton Rouge
71 J. Rogers Pope Rep Livingston
72 Robby Carter Dem East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa
73 Steve Pugh Rep Tangipahoa
74 Scott Simon Rep St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington
75 Malinda Brumfield White Dem St. Tammany and Washington
76 Kevin Pearson Rep St. Tammany
77 John Schroder Rep St. Tammany
78 Kirk Talbot Rep Jefferson
79 Julie Stokes Rep Jefferson
80 Polly Thomas Rep Jefferson
81 Clay Schexnayder Rep Ascension, Livingston, St. John the Baptist, and St. James
82 Cameron Henry Rep Jefferson
83 Robert Billiot Dem Jefferson
84 Patrick Connick Rep Jefferson
85 Joseph Marino III Ind Jefferson
86 Chris Broadwater Rep Tangipahoa
87 Rodney Lyons Dem Jefferson
88 Johnny Berthelot Rep Ascension
89 Reid Falconer Rep St. Tammany
90 George Gregory Cromer Rep St. Tammany
91 Walt Leger, III Dem Orleans
92 Joe Stagni Rep Jefferson and St. Charles
93 Helena Moreno Dem Orleans
94 Stephanie Hilferty Rep Jefferson and Orleans
95 Sherman Q. Mack Rep Livingston
96 Terry Landry Dem Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin
97 Joseph Bouie, Jr. Dem Orleans
98 Neil Abramson Dem Orleans
99 Jimmy Harris Dem Orleans
100 John Bagneris Dem Orleans
101 Edward Clark James Dem East Baton Rouge
102 Gary Carter, Jr. Dem Orleans
103 Ray Garofalo Rep Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines
104 Paul Hollis Rep St. Tammany
105 Chris Leopold Rep Jefferson, Orleans and Plaquemines

Standing Committees

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 membership including Chairmanships and Vice Chairmanships are assigned by the Speaker.

Name Chairman Vice Chair
Administration of Criminal Justice Joseph Lopinto Helena Moreno
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Andy Anders Bob Hensgens
Appropriations James R. Fannin Cameron Henry
Civil Law and Procedure Neil Abramson Alan Seabaugh
Commerce Erich Ponti Kirk Talbot
Education Steve Carter Patrick O. Jefferson
Health and Welfare Scott Simon Frank Hoffman
House and Governmental Affairs Timothy Burns Michael Danahay
Insurance Greg Cromer Ledricka Thierry
Judiciary Jeff Arnold Franklin Foil
Labor and Industrial Relations Hebert Dixon Chris Broadwater
Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Girod Jackson III Robert Billiot
Natural Resources and Environment Gordon Dove Jim Morris
Retirement J. Kevin Pearson Nick Lorusso
Transportation, Highways and Public Works Karen Gaudet St. Germain Austin Badon
Ways and Means Joel Robideaux Patrick Williams

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