|Hunter Vann Greene|
Louisiana State Representative for
District 66 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
April 2005 – November 2014
|Preceded by||Mike Futrell|
|Succeeded by||Darrell Ourso|
Judge of Family Court, Division D, [ast Baton Rouge Parish
|Preceded by||Annette Mary Lassalle|
|Born|| July 1, 1966|
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
|Spouse(s)||Emily Aaron Greene (married c. 1991)|
|Children|| Ashley, Matthew, and Lauren Greene|
|Alma mater|| Southwest High School (Shreveport)|
Southern University Law School]
|Occupation||Attorney and family court judge|
Hunter Vann Greene (born July 1, 1966) is an attorney and family court judge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican former state representative for District 66 in East Baton Rouge Parish. Greene resigned from the House late in 2014 upon his election to a family court judgeship. Darrell Ourso, a financial advisor and a former member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council, defeated fellow Republican Buddy Amoroso by seventy-two votes for the right to succeed Greene. Amoroso was a sitting member of the Metro Council and a favorite of the Tea Party movement until his death in 2018].
Greene was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, to a Southern Baptist couple, Herbert Vann Greene (1938–2010), a native of Bernice in Union Parish, and the former Edna Jan Barnette (1940-2013), originally from Cotton Valley in Webster Parish. The senior Greene was a retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and a probation officer in Caddo Parish before he entered the business sector. Jan Greene graduated from Cotton Valley High School and received her bachelor's degree in education from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. She taught at four schools in Shreveport before she retired in 1998 as assistant principal for instruction at Linwood Middle School in the Cedar Grove neighborhood. Herbert and Edna Greene are interred at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville in southern Caddo Parish.
Greene graduated in 1984 from Southwood High School in Shreveport. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 1994, Greene, who is white, received his Juris Doctorate from historically black Southern University Law School, also in Baton Rouge.
Greene and his wife, the former Emily Aaron, originally from Natchitoches, have three children: Ashley, Matthew, and Lauren Greene, all of whom attended local Roman Catholic schools. Hunter and Emily Greene are eucharistic ministers at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Legislative and judicial service
Previous to his service as a legislator, Greene was a member of the legal team of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor, Dan Kyle.He was thereafter as a state representative the chairman of Legislative Audit Advisory Council, a joint legislative committee with oversight of the legislative auditor.
In 2005, Greene won a special election to the House by defeating a fellow Republican, Sean Riecke, 2,951 (53.5 percent) to 2,565 (46.5 percent). The vacancy occurred when the Republican Representative Mike Futrell resigned to become state director for U.S. Senator David Vitter, and later the chief administrative officer of East Baton Rouge Parish.
Greene's former District 66 covers a large swath of Baton Rouge between downtown and mid-city. It includes the commercial and retail corridor along Florida Boulevard and reaches Jones Creek Road and Coursey Boulevard, a major growth area. Cortana Mall is located in the district as is Bon Carre’, a technology center. Greene was unopposed for his first full term in the primary held on October 20, 2007.
Greene was the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Budget Committee. As a legislator, he sat on the House committees on Judiciary, Governmental Affairs, and Transportation, Highways and Public Works. As a freshman lawmaker, Greene authored a state bill which defines specific ways to convict sexual predators on the Internet. In 2006, he sponsored a constitutional amendment to strengthen the qualifications needed for judges to run for office. He authored legislation to eliminate the gift tax and repeal the inheritance tax. He supported repeal of the controversial Stelly Plan, named for former Representative Vic Stelly, which traded an increase in property taxes in exchange for a reduction in the state sales tax. Greene proposed a state income tax deduction for private school tuition, but the plan was vetoed by former Governor Kathleen Blanco.
In the spring of 2011, Greene ran unsuccessfully for a family court judgeship vacancy in East Baton Rouge Parish. Another Republican, Charlene Charlet Day (born 1960), a former teacher who practices law in Zachary and resides in Central City, narrowly outpolled Greene, 5,617 (50.7 percent) to 5,462 (49.3 percent).
On October 25, 2011, Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed Chuck Kleckley of Lake Charles as his choice to succeed the term-limited James Wilton "Jim" Tucker as the state House Speaker. Greene and fellow Baton Rouge Representative Erich Ponti and Republican Representative Joel Robideaux of Lafayette and the Democrat Jeff Arnold of New Orleans had also sought support for the presiding officer's position. The House confirmed Kleckley as the new Speaker.
After the defeat for the judgeship, Greene reaffirmed his commitment to remain in the state House and run for Speaker in 2016.
However, in 2014, he was again running for a family court judgeship and this time was successful. He polled 30,203 votes (67.7 percent) to 14,402 (32.3 percent) to unseat long-term Judge Annette Mary Lassalle (born January 1952) of Baton Rouge.Rumors surfaced that Lasalle would retire, and Greene entered the race to succeed her. Then she filed for another term; the situation created strain in their past cordial relationship.
In the election held on November 3, 2020, Greene retained his judgeship by defeating fellow Republican Kathy Reznik Benoit, 41,617 votes (65 percent) to 22,518 (35 percent).
- Darrell Ourso wins Louisiana House seat for southeast Baton Rouge: 72 votes lead to victory over Amoroso. The Baton Rouge Advocate (March 28, 2015). Retrieved on October 11, 2019.
- Obituary of Edna Jan Barnette Greene, The Shreveport Times, September 26, 2013.
- LTC Herbert Vann Greene. findagrave.com. Retrieved on July 14, 2011.
- Rep. Hunter V. Greene. Votesmart.org. Retrieved on April 15, 2021.
- State Rep. Hunter Greene qualifies for Family Court special election. Zacharytoday.com. Retrieved on July 14, 2011; no longer on-line.
- Rep. Hunter Greene Ponders Legislative Auditor's Position. The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (January 17, 2010; no longer on-line).
- Louisiana Legislative Auditor: Audit Advisory Council. Retrieved on August 30, 2013; no longer on-line.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, April 2, 2005.
- "Holden names Mike Futrell parish's CAO," Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, January 16, 2009.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns (East Baton Rouge Parish), April 2, 2011.
- Jindal to support Kleckley in speaker race. wwl.com. Retrieved on October 26, 2011; no longer on-line.
- Mark Ballard (June 29, 2011). [ https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_c874f279-3d11-5b11-a6cb-9645feb15137.html Greene joins candidates for speaker of La. House]. The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved on October 11, 2019.
- Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 4, 2014.
- Andrea Gallo (November 5, 2014). Hunter Greene unseats Family Court Judge Annette Lassalle. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on October 11, 2019.