Louisiana Runoffs 2016, Part 2: Who’s Who in the Race for the House of Reps?

Down here in the bayou, the dizzying bottomless roller coaster that is the 2016 election season surges onward. Louisiana’s runoff election will take place on December 10, 2016. Up for grabs: 1 U.S. Senate seat, 2 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 3 judicial seats. In the last part, we covered the final two Senatorial hopefuls. In this part, we’ll look at the hopefuls for the House of Representatives.

But There’s So Many of Them!

Don’t fret. Louisiana has six congressional districts, meaning we have six folks in the U.S. House of Representatives. Only the 3rd and 4th Districts are up for election this time around. Since you can only vote for your district’s representative, you may not even have to vote for a representative at all, depending on where you live. (Geaux Vote provides sample ballots based on parish, including your congressional district’s representative.)

Who’s Out?

In the 3rd Congressional District, Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette), who ran for Louisiana’s open seat in the U.S. Senate, but did not qualify for the runoff election. In the 4th Congressional District, John C. Fleming (R-Minden), who…also…ran for Louisiana’s open seat in the U.S. Senate, but did not qualify for the runoff election.

Who Wants In?

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Scott A. Angelle – 3rd Congressional District

  • Party: Republican
  • Birthplace: Breaux Bridge, LA
  • Education: University of Louisiana – Lafayette, Petroleum land management, cum laude
  • Public Service Experience: St. Martin Parish Police Jury (roughly akin to the county commissioner, for you non-Louisianians); St. Martin Parish President; Louisiana Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources; Chairman of Louisiana’s State Mineral Board; Lieutenant Governor; Louisiana Public Service Commissioner – District 2; Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors; Louisiana’s Water Resources Commission.
  • Any Takes on the Issues? Condemned David Duke’s candidacy for office. Supports Second Amendment rights. Secure America’s borders to prevent radical Islamic terrorist attacks, including blocking refugees from nations with a strong ISIS presence.
  • Sum It Up in a Quote: “Time and time again, when things get bad, the politicians in Washington rush in and make it worse! It’s time we make them listen. And this is no ordinary time. Our families are suffering, our coast is eroding, our jobs are disappearing and Washington refuses to listen to us.”
  • Twitter: @ScottAngelle
  • Website: https://geauxangelle.com/

Clay Higgins – 3rd Congressional District

  • Party: Republican
  • Birthplace: Louisiana
  • Public Service Experience: Army veteran. Career law enforcement officer, including for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office and the City of Lafayette. He is a self-proclaimed political outsider.
  • Any Takes on the Issues? Repeal Obamacare. State regulation of same-sex marriage. Pro-life. Defend Second Amendment rights. Agrees with President-elect Trump’s immigration policies. Eliminate Common Core and the Department of Education. Remove federal government from higher education. His full platform is here. (He has called himself the Cajun John Wayne.)
  • Sum It Up in a Quote: “Set aside your differences, stand together as one nation under God and as one people beneath the glory of one flag, to stand as a nation reborn.”
  • Twitter: @CaptClayHiggins
  • Website: http://captainhiggins.com/

Mike Johnson – 4th Congressional District

  • Party: Republican
  • Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
  • Education: Business administration – Louisiana State University; J.D. – LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
  • Public Service Experience: Louisiana House of Representatives – District 8 (2014-present – see his legislation history here)
  • Any Takes on the Issues?  Strengthen the military and cybersecurity infrastructure. Reform the tax code. Support the oil & gas industry. Introduced an act that would protect “individuals and entities against the state’s ability to discriminate against them based on their views on marriage or other controversial issues.” Push infrastructure reform through Congress. More here.
  • Sum It Up in a Quote: “The day has come for our generation to protect and defend our freedom. The process may be difficult, but the necessary steps are becoming pretty clear. The next generation is counting on us to act decisively, and we must. The hour is late and the crisis is great, but we can do this—if we stand by our founding principles.”
  • Twitter: @RepMikeJohnson
  • Website: http://www.mikejohnsonforlouisiana.com/

Marshall Jones – 4th Congressional District

  • Party: Democrat
  • Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
  • Education: B.B.A., Accounting and Finance – Southern Methodist University; J.D. – LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
  • Public Service Experience: Jones previously ran for Congress in 1988.
  • Any Takes on the Issues? Equal pay. Support the oil and gas industry while also passing “common sense environmental policies.” Pro-life. Federal funding to repair rural roads. More here. 
  • Sum It Up in a Quote: “If you don’t like where I stand, vote for one of the politicians.”
  • Twitter: @JoinMarshall
  • Website: http://www.marshalljonescongress.com/

What’s the Press Saying?

Always a loaded question. Because Louisiana has a December run-off election, the victors will miss Congressing 101, and there’s no make-up class – meaning the other four Louisiana representatives from may have to take the newbies under their wing. Some pundits are eyeballing the Republican vs. Democrat match-up in the 4th District. Others are wary of Higgins’ pending child support lawsuit and Crime Stoppers videos. And the past weekend’s Bourbon Street and Baton Rouge might raise some last-minute questions about gun control and crime rates in the state. However, most of the press’s attention is still focused on the Campbell vs. Kennedy showdown for Senate.

Voting Details

Polls will be open from 7 AM – 8 PM on Saturday, Dec. 10. Early voting is open until Saturday, Dec. 3. Head here to find your polling location.

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Louisiana Runoffs 2016, Part 1: Who’s Who in the Race for Senate?

Down here in the bayou, the dizzying bottomless roller coaster that is the 2016 election season surges onward. Louisiana’s runoff election will take place on December 10, 2016. Up for grabs: 1 U.S. Senate seat, 2 U.S. Representatives, and 3 district judges. In Part 1 of this series, we’ll take a look at the Senatorial hopefuls.

Ugh, Does This Runoff Even Matter?

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Bad reader! Local elections ALWAYS matter! That being said, yes, particularly for concerned Democrats. In case you missed it, the Republicans had a good night all-around on November 8.  However, Louisiana votes weirdly. As a result, the extent of the Republican’s control over Senate won’t be final until Louisiana has its say on December 10. An upset by Democratic hopeful Foster Campbell would move the balance of Senate back to 51-49, hence your left-leaning friends all over the country biting their nails in anticipation. Why? The mere one-person shift could mean two more years of Senatorial gridlock – a potential good thing for Democrats, a potential bad thing for Republicans, and a really annoying thing for the taxpayers who foot Congress’ salaries.

Who’s Out?

The victor will replace Republican David Vitter, who is not seeking re-election. In case you forgot, Vitter has had quite the eyebrow-raising go at it. To wit: last year, the Republican senator was defeated by Democrat John Bel Edwards in Louisiana’s gubernatorial election – one of “the biggest political upsets” in the traditionally red state’s history.

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Foster Campbell

  • Party: Democrat
  • Birthplace: Shreveport, LA
  • Education: B.A. in business & economics, Northwestern State University; attended Louisiana State University
  • Public Service Experience: Louisiana State Senate – District 36 (1976-2002 – you can dig through voting records here), Louisiana Public Service Commission – District 5 (2003 – present)
  • Issues in Focus: Equal pay. Medicaid expansion. Access to education. Coastal protection and restoration. Increase support and benefits for veterans. Simplify and clarify the tax code. Expand disability rights. Read more.
  • Major Endorsements: Louisiana’s blue leaders, including Governor John Bel Edwards and Democratic rival Caroline Fayard (Campbell and Fayard clashed during the primary campaign). Organizational endorsements include the Sierra Club (and 22 other environmentalists), Black Organization for Leadership Development, Louisiana AFL-CIO, Louisiana Federation of Teachers, Independent Women’s Organization, Democrats for Life of America, and the Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee.
  • Sum It Up in a Quote: “I will take on the powerful special interests and make a difference for the people who just want jobs, opportunity, affordable healthcare and good schools.”
  • Twitter: @CampbellForLA
  • Website: http://www.fostercampbell2016.com/

John Kennedy

  • Party: Republican
  • Birthplace: Centreville, MS
  • Wait, One of Those Kennedys?: Illuminati not confirmed…yet.
  • Education: Political science, philosophy & economics, magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University;  J.D., University of Virginia; B.C.L., Oxford University
  • Public Service Experience: Special Counsel to Governor Buddy Roemer; Secretary of Governor Buddy Roemer’s Cabinet; Secretary of the Department of Revenue; Treasurer of Louisiana (2000 – present); adjunct professor at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Issues in Focus: Balance the budget. Localize policymaking for public schools. Reduce government corruption and increase transparency. Pro-life. Privatize insurance. Expand offshore drilling, but investigate alternate energy sources. Read  more.
  • Major Endorsements: Lots of elected officials, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.), Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-La.), Congressman Charles Boustany (R-La.), Congressman John Fleming (R-La.), Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and Louisiana Lieutenant Gov. Billy Nungesser. Organizational endorsements include National Right to Life, American Conservative Union, the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, and the Republican Parish Executive Committee of Caddo Parish.
  • Sum It Up in a Quote: “I try not to be rude, but I speak my mind.  Some politicians call me a troublemaker, a misfit, a rebel, a square peg in a round hole, because I’m not part of the club.  I think I make the right people mad.  My job is to protect taxpayers, not seek the approval of my political peers.”
  • Twitter: @JohnKennedyLA
  • Websitehttp://www.johnkennedy.com/

Will There Be a Duel?

Six of Louisiana’s U.S. Senate hopefuls, including Campbell and Kennedy, “Duked” it out on November 2. But don’t count on another debate before December 10.

Voting Details

Polls will be open from 7 AM – 8 PM on Saturday, Dec. 10. Early voting will be available from Saturday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 3. Head here to find your polling location.

In Part 2, we’ll look at the candidates for the House of Representatives.