Christopher D. Broadwater, known as Chris Broadwater (born 1972), is an attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 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, Broadwater listed the key campaign issues in 2011 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 Governor Bobby Jindal.
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).
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.
Broadwater and his wife, the former Hilaria Nelson, have four daughters, Emma Grace, Rose Kathron, Maggie Frances, and Ruby Jane. 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.
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