Kenneth Volentine

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Kenneth Lee Volentine, Sr.​

Louisiana State Representative
for District 11 (Claiborne and
parts of Bienville, Lincoln,
and Union parishes)​
In office
1988​ – 1992​
Preceded by Jimmy L. Long​
Succeeded by Pinkie Wilkerson

Sheriff of Claiborne Parish​
In office
1996​ – 2004​
Preceded by James R. "Snap" Oakes​
Succeeded by Kenneth R. Bailey​

Born January 9, 1941​
Place of birth missing​
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Beverly Ann Pixley Volentine​
Relations State Representative Julie Emerson (cousin)​
Children Sherry Volentine Broughten​

Angie Volentine Grayson
​ Kenneth Volentine, Jr.​

Residence Athens
Claiborne Parish

Louisiana, USA

Alma mater Athens (Louisiana) High School

Louisiana Tech University

Occupation Farmer
Religion Southern Baptist

Kenneth Lee Volentine, Sr. (born January 9, 1941), is a livestock and dairy farmer[1] who previously served as a state representative and sheriff of his native Claiborne Parish in north Louisiana.​

Background

​ Volentine is a descendant of early pioneer of Claiborne Parish, the son of Fredrick Dan Volentine (1921–2011) and the former Sudie Bernice Lee, also deceased. His paternal grandparents were Daniel Bell Volentine, Jr. (1892–1968)[2] and Cleo Volentine (1894–1968).[3] Volentine had a sister, Wanda Lou "Lucy" Volentine Head (1943-2016), wife of John Calvin Head, and two surviving brothers, Edwin Bo Volentine, and Dan Millard Volentine and wife, Dianne.[4]

In 1960, Volentine graduated as the class president at Athens High School in Athens, Louisiana, in the building now occupied by Mt. Olive Christian School.[5] He then attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston.[6]

Volentine is member of the Athens Masonic Lodge and one of seven members of the Claiborne Industrial Development Board.[7]He is also affiliated with the Louisiana Cattleman's and Dairyman's associations. He is a Southern Baptist.[6]

Volentine and his wife, the former Beverly Ann Pixley (born 1940), reside in Athens, a rural community in southern Claiborne Parish. They have three children, Sherry Volentine Broughten, Angie Volentine Grayson, and Kenneth Volentine Jr., of Athens. Volentine also has two brothers, Edwin "Bo" Volentine (born 1942) and Dan Volentine, both of Athens, and a sister, Wanda V. Head (1943-2016) of Shreveport.[2]

State representative

​ From 1988 to 1992, during the administration of Governor Buddy Roemer, Volentine served a single term in the state House of Representatives.[8] Volentine was unseated in the general election held on November 16, 1991, by his fellow Democrat Pinkie Wilkerson, an African American attorney from Grambling in Lincoln Parish. Volentine's defeat occurred after redistricting and in the same election in which Edwin Edwards returned to the Louisiana governorship for his fourth term in a ringing defeat of the unendorsed Republican candidate, short-term state Representative David Duke. Volentine had led Wilkerson in the nonpartisan blanket primary held in October 1991. He received 6,150 votes (46.9 percent) to Wilkerson’s 4,358 ballots (33.2 percent). Two other candidates held the remaining 20 percent of the vote.[9] In the general election, Wilkerson unseated Volentine, 8,590 (51.8 percent) to 7,992 (48.2 percent).[10]​ ​

Sheriff Volentine

In 1995, as Wilkerson won easy reelection to the legislature, Volentine secured the first of his two terms as Claiborne Parish sheriff. The office is based in the parish seat of Homer. Incumbent James R. "Snap" Oakes (1929-2014) retired, and in a two-candidate race Volentine defeated fellow Democrat Donald Ray "Chic" Ceccarelli (born 1965) of Homer, 3,760 votes (61.5 percent) to 2,350 votes (38.5 percent).[11] In 1999, Ceccarelli ran again, this time as a "No Party" candidate. Volentine prevailed, 3,619 (69 percent) to 1,487 (28.4 percent). Another 141 ballots went a second "No Party" candidate.[12]

In July 2003, the Baton Rouge firm Utopia Entertainment, Inc., sued Claiborne Parish, through Sheriff Volentine, and LaSalle Management Company, under contract to manage the men's division of the parish jail. The company claimed copyright-infringement because inmates and visitors to the Claiborne Parish Detention Center for a $3 fee could purchase unlicensed copies of recordings by such performers as Eminem, John Tesh, and George Strait. An inmate named Bo Fain was specifically cited for having made the recordings.[13]

In July 2003, Volentine joined another former state representative from the area, Virgil Orr of Ruston in supporting the unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial contender Randy Ewing, a state senator from Jackson Parish. The governorship ultimately went to another Democrat, Kathleen Blanco of Lafayette, who served from 2004 to 2008.[14]

In 2003, Volentine did not seek a third term as sheriff and was succeeded by Kenneth R. Bailey of Homer (born 1958), the runaway victor in the nonpartisan blanket primary held that fall.[15]

References

  1. Farm Subsidy Database: Kenneth L. Volentine. farmewg.org. Retrieved on January 2, 2010; no longer accessible on-line.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fred Volentine obituary. The Shreveport Times (January 2, 2011). Retrieved on January 29, 2020.
  3. Daniel and Cleo Volentine died the same month, July 1968.
  4. Wanda Volentine Head (1943-2016) (sister of Kenneth Volentine). The Shreveport Times (February 25, 2016). Retrieved on January 29, 2020.
  5. Mt. Olive Christian School, former Athens High School class photographs by year.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Louisiana: Kenneth Volentine," Who's Who in American Politics, 2007-2008 (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2007), p. 674.
  7. Claiborne Industrial Development Board. claiborne.one.org. Retrieved on January 2, 201; information no longer on-line.
  8. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives (Claiborne Parish). Louisiana House3 of Representatives. Retrieved on January 29, 2020.
  9. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 19, 1991.
  10. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 16, 1991.
  11. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 1995.
  12. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 1999.
  13. Claiborne Parish Detention Center: Homer, Louisiana. private.ci.org. Retrieved on January 7, 2011; information no longer on-line.
  14. Hundreds Attend Ewing Fundraiser. kcwd.com (June 26, 2003). Retrieved on January 29, 2020.
  15. Susan T. Herring. Ken Bailey Wins Big; Sales Tax Fails. kcwd.com. Retrieved on January 2, 2011; no longer on-line.

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