Roger F. Villere, Jr. was elected Chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party in the spring of 2004 and re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012. During his time as Chairman, the Republican Party of Louisiana has made historic gains – increasing the number of elected Republicans in the State Legislature and U.S. Congress as well as in Louisiana’s Statewide offices & the State Supreme Court, BESE Board & Public Service Commission. During his tenure, Villere has communicated a message of competent conservative change and reform and Republicans have achieved success across Louisiana’s diverse political landscape.
Chairman Villere has attended four Republican National Conventions,. He has previously served as RNC National Committeeman and as a member of the RNC Rules Committee 1997-2000 and RNC Resolutions Committee. In 2011 Chairman Villere was elected to the RNC Executive Committee & in 2012 Villere was elected as Vice Chairman of the RNC. In 2008 he received the honor of being elected Chairman of the Electoral College for Louisiana. Chairman Villere is also a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The Chairman has been a part of and led numerous community programs and organizations, such as the Alliance for Good Government, Jaycees International, the Lafreniere Kiwanis Club, the East Jefferson Hospital Foundation, and the Women’s New Life Center.
He also has played a leadership role in the local business community with positions on the Jefferson Chamber, the Small Business Council, East Jefferson Council of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the American Academy of Florists, and the Louisiana State Florist Association.
Chairman Villere attended the University of New Orleans, is a fellow of the Loyola Institute of Politics, the LSU Academy of Politics, and the UNO Government Leadership Institute.
Chairman Villere is the owner of Villere’s Florist and currently lives in Metairie with his wife Donna. He is the father of three sons: Roger F. Villere, III, Mark C. Villere, and Jacques P. Villere, and has four granddaughters: Madison, Masey, Victoria, and Shelby.
Lenar Whitney was elected as the National Committeewoman from Louisiana in March of 2012. Lenar L. Whitney, a Houma native, represents District 53 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. District 53 is composed of both Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, with Terrebonne Parish being the 12th largest Parish in Louisiana. Representative Whitney was elected into the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2012, and is a lifelong Republican. She was the first Republican, as well as, the first woman elected to District 53.
Representative Whitney serves on the Committees on Health and Welfare, Labor and Industrial Relations, Ways and Means, and the Joint Committee on Capital Outlay. She was elected Louisiana Republican National Committeewoman in March 2012, and has recently been selected to sit on the Oyster Advisory Committee Board. In addition, Representative Whitney serves as Vice Chairman, on the new Gulf Coast Legislative Council, which is set up to promote and encourage the economic growth and development of the Gulf Coast region of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Representative Whitney is a self-established businesswoman; she has operated a small business continually since she was 16 years old. Her sales experience includes the media industry, oil field fabrication, repair and maintenance and the telecommunications sphere. She is married to Lee Whitney, owner/operator of Whitney Signs. She has two children, Celeste and Ryan, both graduates of LSU.
Representative Whitney, herself, graduated from Vandebilt High School, and earned an Associate’s degree in Business from Nicholls State University.
Bobby Jindal was sworn in as governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008. Jindal has put forth detailed plans for reforming our state’s health care, education and transportation systems, as well as for encouraging workforce development and continuing recovery efforts in areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. In 1994, Jindal went to work for McKinsey and Company as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies before entering public service. In 1996, he was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In 1998, Jindal was appointed executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. At the conclusion of the Commission’s work, Jindal was appointed president of the University of Louisiana System, the 16th largest higher education system in the country. In 2004 he was elected to the 109th United States Congress representing the first district of Louisiana. In Congress he served on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the House Committee on Homeland Security, and the House Committee on Resources. Jindal was re-elected to Congress in 2006. Jindal graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and went on to attend Brown University where he graduated with honors in biology and public policy. Following his graduation from Brown he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. He and his wife, Supriya, have three young children.
VITTER, David, a Senator and a Representative from Louisiana; born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., May 3, 1961; A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1983; Rhodes Scholar; B.A., Oxford University, Oxford, England, 1985; J.D., Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, La., 1988; member of the Louisiana state house of representatives, 1992-1999; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Sixth Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Robert L. Livingston, Jr.; reelected to the two succeeding Congresses (May 29, 1999-January 3, 2005); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate in 2004; reelected in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; chair, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (One Hundred Fourteenth Congress).
CASSIDY, Bill, a Senator and a Representative from Louisiana; born in Highland Park, Lake County, Ill., September 28, 1957; B.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., 1979; M.D., Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, La., 1983; physician; member of the Louisiana state senate, 2006-2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2009-January 3, 2015); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
GRAVES, Garret, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, on January 31, 1972; graduated from Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, La., 1990; attended the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La., and American University, Washington, D.C.; staff, United States Senator John Breaux of Louisiana; staff, United States Representative Billy Tauzin of Louisiana; staff, United States Senator David Vitter of Louisiana; staff, United States Senate Committee on Commerce; staff, United States Senate Committee on Science and Transportation; staff, United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce; appointed to National Resource Damage Assessment, Gulf Coast; chair, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana; vice chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
ABRAHAM, Ralph, a Representative from Louisiana; born in Alto, Richland Parish, La., September 16, 1954; graduated from Mangham High School, Mangham, La., 1972; B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., 1980; D.V.M., Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Baton Rouge, La., 1980; M.D., Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La., 1994; Mississippi National Guard Special Forces, 1986-1989; flight instructor; general family practitioner; aviation medical examiner; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress (January 3, 2015-present).
SCALISE, Steve, a Representative from Louisiana; born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., October 6, 1965; graduated from Rummel High School; B.S., Louisiana State Univeristy, Baton Rouge, La.; software engineer; technology company marketing executive; member of the Louisiana state house of representatives, 1995-2007; member of the Louisiana state senate, 2008; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Tenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Bobby Jindal, and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (May 3, 2008-present); majority whip (One Hundred Thirteenth and One Hundred Fourteenth Congresses).
FLEMING, John, (relative of Henry Clay and James Brown Clay), a Representative from Louisiana; born in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., July 5, 1951; B.S., University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss., 1973; M.D., University of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss., 1976; United States Navy, 1976-1982; physician; entrepreneur; Webster Parish, La., coroner, 1996-2000; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Eleventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2009–present).
BOUSTANY, Charles W., a Representative from Louisiana; born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., February 21, 1956; graduated Cathedral Carmel High School, Lafayette, La.; B.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, La., 1978; M.D., Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, La., 1982; surgeon; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2005-present).