Lenar Whitney

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Lenar Ledet Whitney (born 1959) is a businesswoman from her native Houma, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 53 in Terrebonne Parish.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nate Monroe, "Terrebonne elections yield historic results". Houma Courier, November 22, 2011. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.
  2. About Lenar Whitney. lenarwhitney.com. Retrieved on May 16, 2012.