In 2011, Whitney won the right to succeed the term-limited Democrat Damon Baldone. She defeated fellow Republican Billy Hebert, a member of the Terrebonne Parish Council, 3,709 (59 percent) top 2,552 (41 percent). District 53 encompasses the Oakshire, Broadmoor, Park Avenue, Bayou Blue, Cocodrie, Montegut, Bourg, and Pointe-aux-Chenes sections of Houma, the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish.
Whitney graduated from Vanderbilt High School in Houma and obtained an associate's degree in business from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Since she was sixteen, she has operated a dance school. She has sales experience in oil field fabrication, repair and maintenance, and the media and telecommunications . Her husband, Lee Whitney, has operated Whitney Signs since the early 1980 and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. He was reared in Houma and Upper Caillou and established a lifelong friendship with the politically connected Chabert family. Whitney traces her family tree on the Ledet and Boquet side directly to the Bourg/Montegut’s families. Whitney has two children; both graduates of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Whitney is the first woman to represent Terrebonne in the legislature and the first Republican to hold the District 53 seat. She describes herelf as a conservative who is pledged to reduce taxation and the size of government.
- Nate Monroe, "Terrebonne elections yield historic results". Houma Courier, November 22, 2011. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.
- About Lenar Whitney. lenarwhitney.com. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.