Kirk Talbot

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Michael Kirk Talbot​

Louisiana State Senator for
District 10 (Jefferson Parish)
Assumed office 
January 13, 2020
Preceded by Danny Martiny

Louisiana State Representative for
District 78 (Jefferson Parish)​
In office
January 2008​ – January 13, 2020​
Preceded by Shirley Duvigneaud Bowler
Succeeded by John Illg

Born November 18, 1969​
Metairie in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Strong Talbot​
Children Anna Beth and Michael Talbot
Residence River Ridge in Jefferson Parish
Alma mater St. Martin's Episcopal School

University of Mississippi

Occupation Businessman
Religion Episcopalian

Michael Kirk Talbot (born November 18, 1969) is a Republican Party state senator from River Ridge in Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. From 2008 to 2020, he was the District 78 state representative. Term-limited in that position, Talbot ran instead for the state Senate to succeed the term-limited Republican, Danny Martiny. On January 13, 2020, Talbot claimed his Senate seat as John Illg, his unsuccessful House opponent in 2015, became the new representative.

In the Senate race, Talbot defeated another Republican candidate, Kenner attorney Arita M. Lipps Bohannan, 16,699 votes (55 percent) to 13,723 (45 percent).[1]

Talbot obtained a degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi at Oxford.[2][3]

Talbot was first elected to the state House in 2007 to replace the term-limited Shirley D. Bowler. He won the seat over , when he defeated Tiffany Scot Wilken, a member of the Harahan City Council.[4]

In 2009, Talbot called for reduced state spending on higher education and opposed an attempt to delay a state income tax cut in lieu of budget deficits.[5] The income-tax reduction was part of a statute in 2008 which sought to speed up the reversal of the controversial Stelly Plan, named for former Moderate Republican-turned Independent state Representative Vic Stelly of Lake Charles, which increased state income taxes with a small reduction in sales taxes. Talbot also supported state vouchers for private schools.[6]

Talbot and his wife, the former Julie Strong, have a daughter, Anna Beth, and a son, Michael. [3]The Talbots are part owners of a News Orleans restaurant, Lucky Dogs (517 Gravier Street),[7] and are involved in various business-related organizations in Jefferson Parish. For one year in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Talbot worked for Fannie Mae. The Talbots attend Martin of Tours Episcopal Church.[8]


  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.
  2. Kirk Talbot: Louisiana House Member Page. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on December 2, 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kirk Talbot biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on December 2, 2019.
  4. Drew Broach and Mary Sparacello, "Jefferson Politics: Charles Cusimano, Tiffany Scot Wilken land more public work; Sharon Aguillard prepares for Kenner," The New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 16, 2009.
  5. Kirk Talbot (Letter to the Editor), "Higher ed’s cries of poverty don’t fit numbers," The New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 15, 2009, p. B3 of the Metro Edition.
  6. Michelle Hunter, "Talbot campaign profile," 'The New Orleans Times-Picayune, October 3, 2007.
  7. Lucky Dogs, Inc.. Retrieved on December 2, 2019.
  8. Talbot campaign bio.

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