Jack M. Dyer

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Jack M. Dyer​ ​

Louisiana State Representative
for East Baton Rouge Parish ​
In office
1960​ – 1964​
Preceded by Two at-large members:

Wayne Gaudin
Albert Taylor "Apple" Sanders, Jr.

Succeeded by Six at-large members:​

William F. Bernhard, Jr.
​ Luther F. Cole
E. Clark Gaudin (vice to Cole)
​ Carl V. Dawson
​ Joe Keogh
​ Eugene McGehee
​ Lillian Walker Walker​


Born c. 1925​
Nationality American​
Political party Democrat
Residence Baton Rouge
Louisiana​
Occupation Attorney
Note:
  • After a single term as a Louisiana state representative, Dyer made an unsuccessful statewide race for insurance commissioner but lost in a runoff contest to Dudley Guglielmo.​

Jack M. Dyer (born c. 1925) is a Democrat who served from 1960 to 1964 in the Louisiana House of Representatives for East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.[1]

As a young attorney, Dyer had worked to elect Bill Dodd as Louisiana state auditor in the 1956 Democratic primary election when Dodd, a former lieutenant governor, unseated the incumbent Allison Kolb of Baton Rouge.[2] Kolb later switched parties and ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in the general election held on February 6, 1968 against the Democrat, Mary Evelyn Parker.[3]

In 1960, Dyer was elected to the legislature but served only one term. Instead of seeking reelection, he ran unsuccessfully in 1963-1964 for the position of insurance commissioner, then held by the first such commissioner, Rufus D. Hayes (1913-2002), a former district attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish. Dyer and Speedy Long, thereafter later a U.S. Representative from the defunct 8th congressional district, were defeated by Dudley Guglielmo.[4] Dyer ran on the intra-party ticket of former New Orleans Mayor deLesseps Story "Chep" Morrison, Sr., while Long joined the opposing John J. McKeithen slate. When Speedy Long was eliminated from the runoff election between Dyer and Guglielmo, McKeithen endorsed Guglielmo. Others on the Morrison ticket were Claude B. Duval for lieutenant governor, who lost to incumbent Clarence C. "Taddy" Aycock (1915-1987) and Raymond Laborde, the mayor of Marksville and later a state representative, who ran for the position of custodian of voting machines. Laborde had advocated abolition of the new office but was defeated by incumbent Douglas Fowler of Coushatta in Red River Parish in north Louisiana. Originally an appointee to the position of Governor Earl Kemp Long, Fowler held the post until 1980,[5][6] when it then passed for twenty more years to his son, Jerry Fowler.

The author is unable to find information on Dyer after 1964. He is mentioned as a friend of Aubrey Young in Young's 2010 obituary.​

References

  1. Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2020. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on November 26, 2019.
  2. William J. "Bill" Dodd, Peapatch Politics: The Earl Long Era in Louisiana Politics Baton Rouge: Claitor's Publishers, 1991, p. 120.
  3. The Baton Rouge Advocate, February 7, 1968.
  4. The Shreveport Times, January 12–13, 1964.
  5. "Douglas Fowler succumbs at 73," The Baton Rouge Advocate, January 31, 1980.
  6. Shreveport Times, January 31, 1980

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