|John Clyde "Jay" Morris, III|
Louisiana State Representative for District 14 (Morehouse and Ouachita parishes)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Sam Little|
|Born|| May 24, 1958|
John Clyde "Jay" Morris, III (born May 24, 1958), is a businessman and attorney from Monroe, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 14, which encompasses Ouachita and Morehouse parishes in the northeastern portion of his state.
Morris won the position in the general election held on November 19, 2011, when he unseated fellow Republican Sam Little, a retired farmer, originally from Bastrop in Morehouse Parish. Morris polled 5,005 votes (59.1 percent) to Little's 3,463 ballots (40.9 percent). In the campaign for the heavily redistricted seat, Little and Morris accused each other of engaging in negative campaigning. A graduate of Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center, both in Baton Rouge, Morris is employed in the mortgage service industry.
Morris formerly worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., a Democrat. He was also a staff member at one time for the Louisiana Municipal Association. He is a partner of the Thompson, Sparks, Dean and Morris law firm.
Morris led the three-candidate field in the primary held on October 22, with 5,078 votes (42.6 percent). Little trailed with 4,384 ballots (36.7 percent). A third Republican, Michael Echols, held the remaining but critical 2,471 votes (20.7 percent).
In October 2018, Morris endorsed U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy for governor in the 2019 nonpartisan blanket primary election against the Democrat incumbent, John Bel Edwards. Kennedy, however, said that he will not announce any plans to challenge Edwards before December 1. Morris said that he personally likes Edwards but considers Kennedy likely to "bring constructive conservative leadership" to a state that has been hurting economically.
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- Greg Hilburn (November 16, 2011). "Morris, Little go negative in District 14 race". Alexandria Daily Town. Retrieved on November 20, 2011.
- Rookie Cheat Sheet. thepoliticaldesk.com. Retrieved on May 17, 2012.
- Thompson Sparks Dean & Morris. lawyer.com. Retrieved on May 17, 2012.
- Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on May 17, 2012.
- US Search. ussearch.com. Retrieved on May 17, 2012.
- Greg Hilburn (October 30, 2018). Rep. Jay Morris: Louisiana needs John Kennedy as governor. The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved on October 31, 2018.