Louisiana House of Representatives

Louisiana House of Representatives
Chambre des Représentants de Louisiane
71st Louisiana Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
3 Terms (12 years)
History
New session started
January 8, 2024
Leadership
Phillip DeVillier (R)
since January 8, 2024
Speaker pro tempore
Michael T. Johnson (R)
since January 8, 2024
Majority Leader
Mark Wright (R)
since January 8, 2024
Minority Leader
Matthew Willard (D)
since January 8, 2024
Structure
Seats105
Political groups
Majority
  •   Republican (73)

Minority

Length of term
4 years
AuthorityArticle III, Section 3, Louisiana Constitution
Salary$16,800/year plus per diem.
Elections
Last election
October 14 and November 18, 2023
Next election
October 16 and November 20, 2027
RedistrictingLegislative control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Website
Louisiana House of Representatives

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 U.S. state of Louisiana. This chamber 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[edit]

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 Louisiana House of Representatives also elects a speaker pro tempore to preside in the absence of the Speaker.

The current speaker is Republican Phillip DeVillier. His deputy is the speaker pro tempore, currently Republican Michael T. Johnson. The speaker pro tempore presides when the Speaker is not present.

Composition[edit]

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. It 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. Its 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. It 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[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Ind Democratic Vacant
End of legislature 2011 57 2 46 105 0
Begin 2012 58 2 45 105 0
End of legislature 2015 59 44
Begin 2016 61 2 42 105 0
End of legislature 2019 60 5 39 104 1
Begin 2020 68 2 35 105 0
End of legislature 2023 71 0 33 104 1
Begin 2024 73 0 32 105 0
Latest voting share 69.5% 0% 30.5%

Members[edit]

District Name Party Parishes represented First elected Eligible for reelection
1 Danny McCormick Rep Bossier and Caddo 2019 Yes
2 Steven Jackson Dem Bossier and Caddo 2023 Yes
3 Tammy Phelps Dem Caddo 2019 Yes
4 Joy Walters Dem Caddo 2023 Yes
5 Dennis Bamburg Jr. Rep Bossier, Caddo and Red River 2023 Yes
6 Michael Melerine Rep Bossier and Caddo 2023 Yes
7 Larry Bagley Rep Caddo, DeSoto, and Sabine 2015 No
8 Raymond J. Crews Rep Bossier 2017 No
9 Dodie Horton Rep Bossier 2015 No
10 Wayne McMahen Rep Webster and Bossier 2018 Yes
11 Rashid Armand Young Dem Bienville, Claiborne, and Lincoln 2023 Yes
12 Christopher Turner Rep Lincoln and Union 2019 Yes
13 Jack McFarland Rep Bienville, Jackson, Natchitoches and Winn 2015 No
14 Michael Charles Echols Rep Ouachita 2019 Yes
15 Foy Bryan Gadberry Rep Ouachita 2019 Yes
16 Adrian Fisher Dem Morehouse and Ouachita parishes 2021 Yes
17 Pat Moore Dem Ouachita 2019 Yes
18 Jeremy LaCombe Rep Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana 2019 Yes
19 Francis C. Thompson Rep East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Richland, and West Carroll 2019 Yes
20 Neil Riser Rep Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, and Ouachita 2019 Yes
21 C. Travis Johnson Dem Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, and Tensas 2019 Yes
22 Gabe Firment Rep Grant, LaSalle and Natchitoches 2019 Yes
23 Shaun Mena Dem Orleans 2023 Yes
24 Rodney Schamerhorn Rep Beauregard, Sabine, and Vernon 2019 Yes
25 Jason Brian DeWitt Rep Natchitoches and Rapides 2023 Yes
26 Ed Larvadain III Dem Rapides 2019 Yes
27 Michael T. Johnson Rep Rapides 2019 Yes
28 Daryl Deshotel Rep Avoyelles and St. Landry 2019 Yes
29 Edmond Jordan Dem East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge 2016 No
30 Charles Owen Rep Beauregard and Vernon 2019 Yes
31 Troy Hebert Rep Lafayette and Vermilion 2023 Yes
32 R. Dewith Carrier Rep Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis 2019 Yes
33 Les Farnum Rep Calcasieu 2019 Yes
34 Wilford Carter Sr. Dem Calcasieu 2019 Yes
35 Brett F. Geymann Rep Beauregard and Calcasieu 2021 Yes
36 Phillip Eric Tarver Rep Calcasieu 2019 Yes
37 Troy D. Romero Rep Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis 2019 Yes
38 Rhonda Gaye Butler Rep Evangeline and Rapides 2019 Yes
39 Julie Emerson Rep Lafayette 2015 No
40 Dustin Miller Dem St. Landry 2015 No
41 Phillip DeVillier Rep Acadia, Evangeline, and St. Landry 2015 No
42 Chance Keith Henry Rep Acadia and Lafayette 2023 Yes
43 Josh Carlson Rep Lafayette 2023 Yes
44 Tehmi Jahi Chassion Dem Lafayette 2023 Yes
45 Brach Myers Rep Lafayette 2023 Yes
46 Chad Michael Boyer Rep St. Landry, and St. Martin 2023 Yes
47 Ryan Bourriaque Rep Calcasieu, Cameron, and Vermilion 2019 Yes
48 Beau Beaullieu Rep Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin 2019 Yes
49 Jacob Jules Gabriel Landry Rep Iberia, Lafayette and Vermillion 2023 Yes
50 Vincent "Vinney" St. Blanc III Rep St. Martin and St. Mary 2019 Yes
51 Beryl Amedee Rep Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne 2015 No
52 Jerome Zeringue Rep Terrebonne 2015 No
53 Jessica Domangue Rep Terrebonne 2023 Yes
54 Joseph A. Orgeron Rep Jefferson and Lafourche 2020 Yes
55 Bryan Fontenot Rep Lafourche 2019 Yes
56 Beth Anne Billings Rep St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2023 Yes
57 Sylvia Elaine Taylor Dem St. Charles and St. John the Baptist 2023 Yes
58 Ken Brass Dem Ascension, St. James and St. John 2017 No
59 Tony Bacala Rep Ascension 2015 No
60 Chad Brown Dem Assumption and Iberville 2015 No
61 C. Denise Marcelle Dem East Baton Rouge 2015 No
62 Roy Daryl Adams Dem East Baton Rouge and East Feliciana 2019 Yes
63 Barbara Carpenter Dem East Baton Rouge 2015 No
64 Kellee Hennessy Dickerson Rep East Baton Rouge and Livingston 2023 Yes
65 Lauren Ventrella Rep East Baton Rouge 2023 Yes
66 Emily Chenevert Rep East Baton Rouge 2023 Yes
67 Larry Selders Dem East Baton Rouge 2019 Yes
68 Dixon McMakin Rep East Baton Rouge 2023 Yes
69 Paula Davis Rep East Baton Rouge 2015 No
70 Barbara Reich Freiberg Rep East Baton Rouge 2019 Yes
71 Roger William Wilder, III Rep Livingston 2023 Yes
72 Robby Carter Dem St. Helena, and Tangipahoa 2015 No
73 Kimberly Coates Rep Tangipahoa 2023 Yes
74 Peter F. Egan, Sr. Rep St. Tammany 2023 Yes
75 John Wyble Rep Washington 2023 Yes
76 Stephanie Berault Rep St. Tammany 2023 Yes
77 Mark Wright Rep St. Tammany 2017 No
78 John R. Illg Jr. Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
79 Debbie Villio Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
80 Polly Thomas Rep Jefferson 2016 No
81 Jeffrey Wiley Rep Ascension, Livingston and St. James 2023 Yes
82 Laurie Schlegel Rep Jefferson 2021 Yes
83 Kyle M. Green Jr. Dem Jefferson 2019 Yes
84 Timothy P. Kerner Sr Rep Jefferson 2019 Yes
85 Vincent Cox III Rep Jefferson 2023 Yes
86 Nicholas Muscarello Rep Tangipahoa 2018 Yes
87 Rodney Lyons Dem Jefferson 2015 No
88 Kathy Edmonston Rep Ascension 2019 Yes
89 Christopher Kim Carver Rep St. Tammany 2023 Yes
90 Brian Glorioso Rep St. Tammany 2023 Yes
91 Mandie Landry Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
92 Joseph A. Stagni Rep Jefferson and St. Charles 2017 No
93 Alonzo Knox Dem Orleans 2023 Yes
94 Stephanie Hilferty Rep Jefferson and Orleans 2015 No
95 Shane Mack Rep Livingston and Tangipahoa 2023 Yes
96 Marcus Anthony Bryant Dem Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin 2019 Yes
97 Matthew Willard Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
98 Aimee Adatto Freeman Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
99 Candace N. Newell Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
100 Jason Hughes Dem Orleans 2019 Yes
101 Vanessa Caston LaFleur Dem East Baton Rouge 2022 Yes
102 Delisha Boyd Dem Orleans 2021 Yes
103 Michael Bayham Rep St. Bernard 2023 Yes
104 Jack Galle Rep St. Tammany 2023 Yes
105 Jacob Braud Rep Jefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines 2023 Yes

Committee assignments[edit]

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]

Name Chairman Vice Chair
Administration of Criminal Justice Vacant Tony Bacala
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, & Rural Development Jack McFarland Dustin Miller
Appropriations Jerome Zeringue Francis C. Thompson
Civil Law and Procedure Gregory A. Miller Mike Johnson
Commerce Paula Davis Stephanie Hilferty
Education Lance Harris Patrick O. Jefferson
Health & Welfare Larry Bagley Christopher Turner
House & Governmental Affairs John M. Stefanski Royce Duplessis
Insurance Mike Huval Edmond Jordan
Judiciary Randal L. Gaines Sherman Q. Mack
Labor & Industrial Relations Barbara Carpenter Neil Riser
Municipal, Parochial, & Cultural Affairs Rick Edmonds Joseph A. Stagni
Natural Resources & Environment Jean-Paul Coussan Ryan Bourrique
Retirement Phillip DeVillier John R. Illg Jr.
Transportation, Highways, & Public Works Mark Wright Ken Brass
Ways and Means Stuart J. Bishop Gerald "Beau" Beaullieu IV

Past composition of the House of Representatives[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (see House Rule 2.3 Archived May 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, House Journal of the 2000 Organizational Session and House Journal of the 2004 Organizational Session Archived June 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, House Journal of January 14, 2008 Archived May 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine).
  2. ^ "House Standing Committees". Louisiana House of Representatives.

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