|John Michael Schroder, Sr.|
Louisiana State Treasurer
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Ron Henson (interim for John Neely Kennedy)|
Louisiana State Representative for
District 77 (St. Tammany Parish)
January 14, 2008 – June 8, 2017 (resigned to run for state treasurer)
|Preceded by||Diane Winston|
|Succeeded by||Mark Wright|
|Born||February 23, 1961|
|Spouse(s)||Ellie Marie Daigle Schroder|
|Children|| Brittany Leigh Schroder|
John M. Schroder, Jr.
|Alma mater|| East Jefferson High School|
Southeastern Louisiana University
John Michael Schroder, Sr. (born February 23, 1961), is a businessman from Covington, Louisiana, who is the Republican state treasurer of his native Louisiana. He is a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 77 in St. Tammany Parish. The conservative Schroder was first elected to the House in 2007 in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes, but after redistricting in 2011, District 77 is based only in St. Tammany Parish in suburban New Orleans.
Schroder graduated from East Jefferson High School in Metairie in Jefferson Parish and received a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. A former special agent in the United States Army. Schroder is a real estate agent, developer, and homebuilder. He is a Roman Catholic. Schroder and his wife, the former Ellie Marie Daigle, have two children.
Schroder in Louisiana politics
In the 2007 nonpartisan blanket primary, in which all candidates compete on the same ballot regardless of partisan affiliation, Schroder led a three-candidate field to succeed the term-limited Republican Representative Diane Winston. He polled 8,534 votes (46.5 percent) and advanced to a general election on November 17 with a fellow Covington Republican, Colleen Hawley, who trailed with 6,567 votes (41.2 percent). The Democrat candidate, Angelique LaCour, received the remaining 2,272 votes (12.4 percent) votes. In the general election, Schroder narrowly edged past Hawley, 4,821 (51.2 percent) to 4,602 (48.8 percent).
Schroder resigned from the legislature in June 2017 to pursue the vacant state treasurer's position. He now faces a November 18 general election with the African-American Democrat, Derrick Edwards. Schroder carries the backing of former Treasurer John Neely Kennedy, a Democrat-turned-Republican who reigned in January 2017 to become the junior U.S. Senator from Louisiana. When he left the House, Schroder was the vice chairman of the House Republican caucus under chairman Lance Harris of Alexandria. The vice chairmanship then passed to conservative Tony Bacala of Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge.
Schroder served on these House committees: (1) Civil Law and Procedure, (2) Homeland Security, (3) Education, (4) Military and Veterans Affairs, and (5) Joint Budget. Originally named to the Appropriations Committee, Schroder was removed from the panel in the spring of 2010 in a dispute with then House Speaker and fellow Republican James Wilton "Jim" Tucker (born 1964) of Algiers, the only section of New Orleans west of the Mississippi River. Tucker claimed that Schroder had renegged on an agreement to support the Independent-turned-Republican Joel Robideaux of Lafayette for the vacant position of Speaker pro tem. Robideaux has since been elected as the parish president of Lafayette Parish. Instead, Schroder voted for the Democrat, later Republican, Noble Ellington of Winnsboro in Franklin Parish for Speaker pro tem. Robideaux still narrowly won his race against Ellington. In disputing Tucker's claim, Schroder said that he had never agreed to support Robideaux and that Tucker must have had other unstated reasons to remove him from the Appropriations Committee. On the committee, Schroder was known as an opponent of annual automatic pay increases for state employees.
Representative Schroder chaired a task force on Legal Representation of Children. In 2011, he offered a motion before the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee to defer a motion by liberal Democratic Representative Helena Moreno of New Orleans to permit adoptions of children by homosexual couples.
Schroder had a 100 percent score from Louisiana Right to Life. In 2010, he received a 90 percent score from the Louisiana Family Forum and 81 percent from the interest group, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In 2009, the Louisiana National Federation of Independent Business scored him 75 percent.
Campaign for state treasurer
Schroder said that he was leaving the House to devote full-time to campaign for the position of state treasurer. Schroder said that the state has long had "fundamental issues with our budget and spending practices. I have always taken a stand for the Louisiana taxpayer and that will not change when elected treasurer.” The treasurer's office though has no direct voice in budgetary matters, which Schroder had exercised when he was a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Julie Stokes, Schroder's Republican colleague in House District 79, had entered the treasurer's race but withdrew after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
With 125,503 votes (31 percent), Derrick Edwards led the six-candidate field in the low-turnout special election held on October 14, 2017. Schroder trailed with 96,440 votes (24 percent). In third place was Republican Angele Davis of Baton Rouge, the former state budget chief who polled 86,880 (22 percent). The fourth-ranked candidate, Republican Neil Riser, a funeral home owner and a departing state senator from rural Columbia in Caldwell Parish in north Louisiana polled 72,792 votes (18 percent). Finishing fifth was Republican Terry Hughes of Lafayette, who drew the support of 11,117 voters (3 percent). In sixth place was the Libertarina Joseph D. Little, with 8,786 votes (2 percent).
Schroder defeated Edwards in the November 18 runoff to claim the treasurer's position for the unexpired term through January 2020. Edwards had benefited from the mayoral runoff election in New Orleans, his city of residence in which two Democratic women competed to succeed the term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu. That contest brought a third of the voters to the polls. In the first round of balloting, Edwards received 62 percent of the vote in Orleans Parish; this represented 37 percent of his statewide total. In the October 14 balloting, turnout was 13.5 percent statewide for the treasurer's race but 29.8 percent in Orleans Parish. Schroder, however, benefited from the total Republican vote, which reached 67 percent in the first round of balloting. Schroder received 52 percent of the ballots in his own St. Tammany Parish and 43 percent in his former domicile of Jefferson Parish; his showings were weak in other heavily populated parishes, including East Baton Rouge, Caddo, Rapides, and Ouachita.
With a turnout of 12.5 percent, Schroder polled 208,118 (56 percent) to Edwards' 165,269 (44 percent). As expected, Edwards won in Orleans Parish with 65,931 votes (80 percent) to Schroder's 15,981 (20 percent). In adjoining St. Tammany Parish, Schroder prevailed with 16,745 votes (80 percent) to Edwards' 4,759 (22 percent). Schroder prevailed by the same percent breakdown in Bossier Parish in the northwestern section of the state. In adjoining Caddo Parish, usually Democrat, Schroder received 55 percent in a turnout of less than 8 percent. He won in Rapides Parish in central Louisiana, 66 to 34 percent in another light turnout. He also received 55 percent in populous East Baton Rouge Parish.
Schroder easily won a full term as treasurer in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 12, 2019. With 769,443 votes (60 percent), he prevailed over Democrat Derrick Edwards, his opponent from 2017. Edwards received 442,753 votes (35 percent), and the No Party candidate, Teresa Kenny, finished with 69,910 (5 percent).
Governor Edwards sues Treasurer Schroder
In February 2020, Governor John Bel Edwards sued Treasurer Schroder regarding approximately $25 million in abandoned and unclaimed property funds owed to individuals and not subject to inclusion in the budget. Edwards seeks to have the Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge to compel Schroder to turn over the funds so that Edwards may place them in the state budget. John L. "Jay" Dzardenne, Jr., a Moderate Republican who serves as Edwards' commissioner of administration and who was formerly the state lieutenant governor, called Schroder's actions "not lawful and they’re usurping the role of the legislature. ... The treasurer doesn’t have the authority to redirect that money to his own escrow account."
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