J. Lomax Jordan

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J. Lomas "Max" Jordan, Jr. ​

Louisiana State Senator for District 23 (Acadia and Lafayette parishes)
In office
1992​ – 2000​
Preceded by Allen Bares
Succeeded by Michael John "Mike" Michot

Born May 17, 1952​
Pine Bluff, Jefferson County
Arkansas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cynthia Riley Jordan​
Alma mater Lafayette High School

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana State University​ Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Occupation Attorney
Religion Southern Baptist

J. Lomax Jordan, Jr., known as Max Jordan (born May 17, 1952), is a Lafayette attorney who was a Republican state senator from 1992 to 2000 for the District 23 seat (Lafayette and Acadia parishes). He was unseated after two terms in the 1999 nonpartisan blanket primary.​ ​

Background

Jordan was born in Pine Bluff in Jefferson County in southern Arkansas, to Mr. and Mrs. J. Lomax Jordan, Sr. He graduated in 1970 from Lafayette High School and in 1974 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then the University of Southwestern Louisiana) in 1974. He was listed at the time in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. Thereafter, he procured his law degree from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. In the late 1970s, he worked in various research positions for both the state Senate and the Louisiana Legislative Council, prior to the establishment of his law firm in 1979. He was an assistant district attorney from 1981 to 1982. In his private practice, he specializes in Personal Injury and Accident cases and Criminal Defense Law.[1]

Jordan worked in the Lafayette City Court indigent defender program from 1979 to 1981. He has served on the Indigent Defender Board of Lafayette, Acadia, and Vermilion parishes. He has served on the board of the following youth-oriented groups: Lafayette Juvenile and Young Adult Program, Acadiana Youth, Inc., Pollux House, Lafayette Children's Shelter, and the Lafayette Community Correctional Center.​[1]

Jordan is married to the former Cynthia Riley (born September 13, 1953).[2] Jordan is a Baptist.​

Two terms in the state Senate

​ Jordan unseated Democratic state Senator Allen Bares in the 1991 general election.[3] Bares had been first elected to the Senate in 1979, when he was challenged by among others, the equally pro-life Dud Lastrapes, later the conservative Republican mayor of Lafayette. Bares, who had also served in the state House from 1972 to 1980, won again in 1983 and 1987.

In 1991, Bares authored a controversial measure which would have outlawed most abortions in Louisiana. The legislature approved the bill, but it was vetoed by Democrat-turned Republican Governor Buddy Roemer, on the grounds that it went beyond the scope of the United States Supreme Court opinion Roe v. Wade. Feminist groups such as the National Organization for Women, targeted for defeat Bares and a pro-life House member, Democrat Carl Newton Gunter, Jr. (1938-1999), of Rapides Parish. The controversy worked to Jordan's advantage though he too took the pro-life position. In the end, Bares and Gunter were defeated in what Louisiana feminists hailed as a great success.​

Bares led in the primary with 13,409 votes (40 percent), but Jordan ran second with 9,313 (28 percent). Two other Republicans, Carl W. Tritschler (born 1964) and Max A. Menard received 6,713 votes (20 percent) and 3,921 (12 percent), respectively. The three Republican candidates, in what was otherwise a heavily Democratic year in Louisiana politics, polled a combined 60 percent in the state Senate primary.[4] In the runoff, technically the general election on November 16, Jordan received 22,224 (60 percent) to Bares' 14,730 (again 40 percent).​[5]

In 1993, Jordan spoke out against a bill to repeal the Louisiana laws against sodomy. "Intolerance is not necessarily a bad thing. ... This is one of the things we should be intolerant of," Jordan told colleagues on the Senate floor."[6]

Jordan won reelection outright in the 1995 primary. He received 20,629 votes (61 percent) to 10,823 (32 percent) for Democrat Sidney B. Flynn and 2,242 (7 percent) for "No Party" candidate Charles Olivier.​[7]

In 1999, Michael J. Michot, a son of a former state education superintendent, the businessman Louis J. Michot, also of Lafayette, roundly defeated Jordan. Michot received 25,699 ballots (68 percent) to Jordan's 12,347 (32 percent).​[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Louisiana District 23 : J. Lomas Jordan, Jr. [1], no longer on-line.
  2. Net Detective, People Search
  3. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 16, 1991.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 19, 1991.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 16, 1991.
  6. "Gay rights bill dies in Louisiana Senate," Minden Press-Herald, May 4, 1993, p. 1.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 21, 1995.
  8. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 23, 1999.

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