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Louisiana House of Representatives

Type Lower House of the Louisiana State Legislature
Speaker of the House Jim Tucker (R) since January 14, 2008
Speaker Pro Tempore Karen Carter Peterson (D) since January 14, 2008


Members 105
Term 4 years
Term Limits 3
Current Term Began January 14, 2008 at 10:00 A.M
Current Term Ends January 9, 2012 at 10:00 A.M
Last Elections November 17, 2007

Meeting Place State Capitolmarker

Rules of Orders House Rules
Parliamentary Authority Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure

Web site 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 Louisianamarker. 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 Capitolmarker in Baton Rougemarker.

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. 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 Jim Tucker of the 86th District (Jefferson Parish).The current Speaker pro tempore is Democrat Karen Carter Peterson of the 93rd District (Orleans Parishmarker).


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Independents Vacant
End of previous legislature 67 37 104 0
Begin 53 49 2 105
Indeterminate time 51 50 3 104 1
August 29, 2009 52 50 3 105 0
Latest voting share 49.52% 47.61% 3%

Standing Committees

Name Chairman Vice Chair
Administration of Criminal Justice Ernest D. Wooton Damon J. Baldone
Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development John F. "Andy" Anders Harold L. Ritchie
Appropriations James R. Fannin Eddie J. Lambert
Civil Law and Procedure Timothy G. Burns Nicholas Lorusso
Commerce Jeffery "Jeff" J. Arnold Wayne Waddell
Education Donald M. Trahan Austin Badon
Health and Welfare Kay Katz John LaBruzzo
House and Governmental Affairs Richard "Rick" Gallot, Jr. M.J. "Mert" Smiley, Jr.
Insurance Chuck Kleckley Thomas McVea
Judiciary Cedric Richmond Neil C. Abramson
Labor and Industrial Relations Avon Honey Erich E. Ponti
Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Jean-Paul J. Morrell Regina H. Barrow
Natural Resources and Environment. Gordon Dove Karen Gaudet St. Germain
Retirement Joel C. Robideaux Jean M. Doerge
Transportation, Highways and Public Works Nita Rusich Hutter Hollis Downs
Ways and Means Hunter V. Greene Jane H. Smith

See also


  1. House Journal of January 14, 2008
  2. Art.3 Sec. 3
  3. Art.3 Sec. 4(C)
  4. Const. Art.3 Sec. 4(E)
  5. Louisiana Const. Art.4 Sec. 3
  6. House Rule 13.3
  7. (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).

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