Jean-Paul Coussan

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Jean Paul Philip
"Jean-Paul" Coussan

Louisiana State Representative for District 45 (Lafayette Parish)
Assumed office 
January 2016
Preceded by Joel Craig Robideaux

Born August 1978
Lafayette, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jennifer Joy Coussan
Alma mater St. Thomas More High School
Louisiana State University

LSU Law Center

Jean Paul Philip Coussan, known as Jean-Paul Coussan (born August 1978), is a lawyer and title company executive from Lafayette, Louisiana, who is the District 45 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.


Coussan's paternal grandfather, G. Louis Coussan, was a professor and dean of education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His grandmother, Mary B. Coussan, was a public school teacher. His father, Dr. George Coussan, a radiologist, quarterbacked the ULL Ragin' Cajuns, when the team played in the 1970 Grantland Rice Bowl in Baton Rouge. His mother, the former Jo Ellen Becnel, is a real estate broker for Van Eaton & Romero in Lafayette. Coussan and his wife, Jennifer Joy, have three children, George, Claire and Caroline. They attend Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette.[1]

Coussan graduated from the Catholic-affiliated St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette and then Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center, both in Baton Rouge.[1]

Coussan is a partner at Andrus Boudreaux Complete Title and the co-founder of Cougar Construction in Lafayette. He was formerly affiliated with Ottinger Hebert, LLC, which specializes in oil and natural gas matters. He previously served on the commission overseeing the Lafayette Cajundome. His other affiliations include the Chamber of Commerce, the Acadian Homebuilders Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Boy Scouts of America.[1]

Political career

Coussan, a Moderate Republican, entered the state legislature on January 11, 2016, after having defeated fellow Republican Andre' Comeaux in the November 21 runoff election to select Robideaux's successor. He polled 5,765 votes (51.2 percent) Comeaux, 5,505 (48.8 percent).[2] Coussan succeeded Joel Craig Robideaux (born 1962), who instead ran successfully for the Lafayette Parish presidency.[3]

Coussan won a second legislative term in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 12, 2019. With 8,583 votes (73 percent), he defeated a Democrat, Rhonda Kim Gleason, who finished with 3,180 votes (27 percent).[4]

Coussan joins Democrats in choosing House Speaker

On January 13, 2020, Coussan was among twenty-three Republican lawmakers, known as the Fraud Squad, who voted for the Moderate Republican Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish, whose election as Speaker depended heavily on the votes of thirty-five legislative Democrats, two Independents, and the Republican defectors. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, inaugurated for a second term, also made contacts in support of Schexnayder.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 About Jean-Paul. Retrieved on March 28, 2016.
  2. Results for Election. Louisiana Secretary of State (November 21, 2015). Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  3. Results for Election Date: 10/24/2015. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on October 25, 2015.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.
  5. The Moon Griffon Show, January 23, 2020.