Lance Harris

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John Lance Harris (born 1961) is a businessman, farmer, and cattleman from Alexandria, Louisiana, who is Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 25, which encompasses the southern and western portions of Rapides Parish. Harris owns the Leebo's chain of convenience stores.[1]

Harris is the former chairman of the England Authority Board of Commissioners.[2]Reared in Pineville, located across the Red River from Alexandria, Harris is a graduate of the leadership program of the "good governmenjt" group, the Council for a Better Louisiana. He is a member of the World Trade Center in New Orleans, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, and the Louisiana Oil Marketers Association.[3]

In the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011, Harris defeated his only opponent, fellow Republican Barett Byrd, a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps from Woodworth.[4]

Harris succeeded Democratic Representative Christopher Roy, Jr, of Alexandria, effective January 9, 2012. Roy, the older brother of Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy, did not seek a second term in 2011. Instead, Roy announced his exit from the legislature so that he could spend more "Little League time" with his youngest son. Roy also said that he had grown weary of partisan divisions, particularly during the 2011 controversies over congressional reapportionment and legislative redistricting.[5]

For the first time ever, Democrats in 2011 did not offer a candidate for the District 25 House seat. Harris defeated Byrd, 7,577 votes (55.5 percent) to 6,088 (44.6 percent) to claim the position.[6]Neither had previously sought public office.[1]

Byrd had been endorsed by the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority, established by U.S. Senator David Vitter with the goal of increasing Republican representation in both houses of the Louisiana legislature.[7]Byrd also carried the backing of the Louisiana Republican Party, the Rapides Parish Republican Executive Committee, and the website LouisianaConservative.com.[1]Neither Harris nor Byrd was endorsed by Governor Bobby Jindal, who was himself handily elected to a second term in office in the 2011 primary.[8]


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Byrd, Harris vying for open Louisiana House District 25 seat. Alexandria Daily Town Talk, October 13, 2011. Retrieved on October 24, 2011.
  2. Hazel re-elected in House Distrrict 27; Harris wins House District 25. . Retrieved on October 24, 2011.
  3. Lance Harris for State Representative. electlanceharris.com. Retrieved on October 24, 2011.
  4. Byrd to seek Louisiana District 25 seat held by Roy. Alexandria Daily Town Talk, July 14, 2011. Retrieved on August 5, 2011.
  5. Rep. Roy opts for family time over running for reelection. Alexandria Daily Town Talk, July 20, 2011. Retrieved on August 3, 2011.
  6. Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on October 24, 2011.
  7. A look at the La. races targeted by the Vitter group, August 4, 2011. nola.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2011.
  8. Jindal weighs in on Oct. 22 election. theind.com. Retrieved on October 24, 2011.
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