Gene Reynolds

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Harlie Eugene "Gene" Reynolds, Jr.

Louisiana State Representative for District 10 (Webster and Bossier parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2012
Preceded by Jean McGlothlin Doerge

Louisiana House Democratic Leader
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2015
Preceded by John Bel Edwards

Born December 28, 1950
Shreveport, Louisiana
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Martha Nell Moore Reynolds
Religion Baptist

Harlie Eugene Reynolds, Jr., known as Gene Reynolds (born December 28, 1950),[1] is a retired teacher and school principal residing in Dubberly in Webster Parish in northwestern Louisiana, who is a Democrat member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 10, which encompasses all of Webster Parish and one precinct from neighboring Bossier Parish. Since 2016, he has been the House Democratic Leader, having succeeded John Bel Edwards in the legislative position. Edwards was elected governor in 2015.

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Reynolds[2] won a low-turnout general election held on November 19, 2011, when he defeated the Republican Jerri Lynn Ray de Pingre of Minden, also a former educator, 4,232 (54.7 percent) to 3,508 (45.3 percent).[3] DePingre is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ray and the wife of Benny dePingre, whom she married in 1981.

In the legislative race, de Pingre carried the backing of Republican U.S. Representative John Fleming, also of Minden. De Pingre is now the director of the Minden Chamber of Commerce. Two other Republicans, Gerald Holland of Springhill and Ronnie Broughton of Minden, were eliminated in the race for the House seat in the October 22 nonpartisan blanket primary.[4]

Reynolds succeeded the term-limited Democrat, Jean Doerge of Minden, also a former educator who had served since 1998, when she won a special election to succeed her late husband, Everett Doerge. Reynolds and his wife, the former Martha Nell Moore, were long-time employees of the Webster Parish School Board before they temporarily relocated to Cameron Parish in southwestern Louisiana. They returned in 2010 to Webster Parish and reside in Dubberly near their son, Dustin Wade Reynolds, and his family. They also have another son, Cole Reynolds.[5]

In his first legislative session, Reynolds voted against proposals to increase the number of charter schools, to establish school vouchers and to amend the state's teacher tenure policy.


References

  1. Harlie Reynolds. Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.
  2. Representative Gene Reynolds. votesmart.org. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.
  3. General election returns, November 19, 2011. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.
  4. Primary election returns, October 22, 2011. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.
  5. Gene Reynolds for State Representative. facebook.com. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.