Chris Broadwater

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Christopher D. "Chris" Broadwater

Louisiana State Representative for District 86 (Tangipahoa Parish)
Assumed office 
January 2012

Born March 22, 1972
St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Hilaria Nelson Broadwater
Children Four daughters
Alma mater Louisiana College

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisiana State University Law School

Religion Baptist

Christopher D. Broadwater, known as Chris Broadwater (born March 22, 1972),[1] is an attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 86, which encompasses within Tangipahoa Parish the communities of Independence, Tickfaw, Natalbany, and northwestern Hammond, Broadwater's city of residence.

A native of St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish,[1] Broadwater graduated from Rapides High School in Lecompte in Rapides Parish.[1] In 2011, he listed his key campaign issues as economic development and education. He said that his experience gained in both the private sector and as the former director of the office of workers compensation would give him an early advantage as a legislator. Broadwater promised to pursue a balanced state budget. As the former head of a state agency, he developed and managed a $62 million departmental budget during the first term of Republican Governor Bobby Jindal.[2]

Broadwater won the seat in a low-turnout general election held on November 19, 2011. He defeated fellow Republican George Holton, 2,800 (56.9 percent) to 2,125 (43.2 percent).[3]

Broadwater is a 1995 graduate of Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville. He then graduated in 1998 from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In 2002, he received his Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge.[2]

Broadwater and his wife, the former Hilaria Nelson, have four daughters, Emma Grace, Rose Kathron, Maggie Frances, and Ruby Jane.[2] On election day, October 22, 2011, Broadwater was taken to an emergency room to have a chicken bone surgically removed from his throat. Following the surgery, his wife gave birth to Ruby Jane.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Christopher Broadwater. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.

1.^ "Forrester and Dick Attorneys". Retrieved May 17, 2012.

2.^ a b c "Running for Office: Chris Broadwater, Louisiana House District 86". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate: Retrieved May 17, 2012.

3.^ "General election returns, November 19, 2011". Retrieved May 17, 2012.

4.^ "Jeremy Alford, Rookie Cheat Sheet". Retrieved May 24, 2012