Louisiana Resources

Population: 4,670,724 (2015)

Filing deadline: July 20, 2018.

Primary: Nov. 6; runoff Dec. 4, 2018.

Louisiana (R+12) is a conservative state which, like the rest of the South, has turned hard right in the past few decades. It is more amenable to moderate Democrats on the local level than most other southern states. Louisiana is 63% White and 30% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 8. Loui­siana is a safe state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Republicans.

Bill Cassidy

Senator class 2: Bill Cassidy (R)
Committees: Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Health & Education, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Bill Cassidy

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
State Senator and physician Bill Cassidy (b.1957) served three terms in the House before winning 56% against the incumbent Democrat in the 2014 run-off.

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John Kennedy

Senator class 3: John Kennedy (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Banking, Budget, Judiciary, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: John Kennedy

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
Lawyer and State Treasurer John Kennedy (b.1951) held the seat with 61% in the run-off in December 2016.

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Representatives: 6 Representatives; 1 Democrat and 5 Republicans. In Loui­siana, if no one takes more than 50% in November, the top two vote getters, irrespective of party affiliation, move on to a run-off in December. This is known as a ‘Jungle primary’.

Steve Scalise

District 1
Representative: Steve Scalise (R)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Steve Sca­lise

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
The district (R+26) covers southeastern parts of the state, east, north and south of New Orleans, including the Mississippi Delta area. It is 77% White and 12% Black. Businessman Steve Scalise (b.1965) first won a special election in 2008 and took 75% in 2016. He is the Chief Whip of the House GOP Caucus.

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Cedric Richmond

District 2
Representative: Cedric Richmond (D)
Committees: Homeland Security, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Cedric Rich­mond
Democratic nominee: ?

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
The district (D+23) includes most of New Orleans, stretching northwest to take in parts of Baton Rouge. It is 32% White and 59% Black. Lawyer and State Representative Cedric Richmond (b.1973) was first elected in 2010 and won 70% in 2016 against fellow Democrats.

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Clay Higgins

District 3
Representative: Clay Higgins (R)
Committees: Homeland Security, Science, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Clay Higgins

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
The district (R+19) covers the southwestern corner of the state and is 72% White and 23% Black. Retired police officer Clay Higgins (b.1961) defeated another Republican in the 2016 run-off with 55%.

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Mike Johnson

District 4
Representative: Mike Johnson (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Johnson

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
The district (R+13) covers the rest of the western border areas with Texas, including Shreveport. It is 62% White and 32% Black. Lawyer and State Representative Mike Johnson (b.1972) held the seat with 65% in the 2016 run-off.

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Ralph Abraham

District 5
Representative: Ralph Abraham (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Services, Science.

Republican nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Ralph Abraham

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
The district (R+15) contains northern and central areas of the state, plus a long, thin line east, along the Mississippi state border. It is 63% White and 33% Black. Physician Ralph Abraham defeated the incumbent GOP Congressman in the primary in 2014 and won 82% in 2016 against another fellow Republican.

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Garret Graves

District 6
Representative: Garret Graves (R)
Committees: Natural Resources, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Garret Graves

Rating, May 25, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 18, 2017:
The district (R+21) covers south central parts of the state, including most of Baton Rouge. It is 72% White and 21% Black. Former gubernatorial aide Garret Graves (b.1972) has held several staff jobs for Louisiana Republicans. He held the seat for the GOP in 2014, and won 63% in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The second Monday of January.

The Governor of Louisiana is term limited after 2 x 4 years. After 4 years, s/he can run for 2 x 4 more years. There are no term limits for the other State Offices in Louisiana.

John Bel Edwards

Governor: John Bel Edwards (D)

Democratic nominee: John Bel Edwards
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative John Bel Edwards (b.1966) beat US Senator David Vitter in 2015, with 56%. Louisiana is still a conservative state, and should favor the GOP if they run a reasonably scandal free nominee next time.

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Billy Nungesser

Lieutenant Governor: Billy Nungesser (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Billy Nungesser

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
The LG is nominated and elected separately in Louisiana. Businessman and former Parish Mayor Billy Nungesser (b.1959) was first elected in 2015, with 55%.

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Tom Schedler

Secretary of State: Tom Schedler (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Tom Schedler

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
State Senator and businessman Tom Schedler (b.1950) was appointed to the office in 2010 and took 62% in 2015.

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Ron Henson

Treasurer: Ron Henson (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee:  ?

Rating, July 14, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, Oct 9, 2017:
Assistant Treasurer Ron Henson was elevated to the post when Treasurer John Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 2016. There will be a special election for this office November 18th, with a first round on October 14th and a filing deadline July 14th. Four Republicans are running; consultant and former State budget administrator Angele Davis, independent 2015 Senate candidate Terry Hughes, funeral home owner and State Sen. Neil Riser and contractor and former State Rep. John Schroder. Only one Democrat is in the race; lawyer and accountant Derrick Edwards. Mail carrier Joseph Little is running for the Libertarians.

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Jeff Landry

Attorney General­: Jeff Landry (R)

Democratic nominee:
Republican nominee: Jeff Landry

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
Lawyer and former Congressman Jeff Landry (b.1970) defeated the incumbent Republican in 2015, with 56%.

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Mike Strain

Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry: Mike Strain (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Mike Strain

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
State Representative and veterinarian Mike Strain (b.1958) was first elected in 2007 and took 58% in 2015.

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Jim Donelon

Insurance Commissioner: Jim Donelon (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Jim Donelon

Rating, Jan 24, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 25, 2016:
State Representative and lawyer Jim Donelon (b.1944) was first appointed to the office in 2006 and took 54% in 2015.

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State Senate: 39 (14D / 25R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2019.
State House: 105 (42D / 60R / 3I). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2019.

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