R. Dewith Carrier

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Raylon Dewith Carrier​​

Louisiana State Representative
for District 32 (Allen, Beauregard, and Calcasieu parishes)​​
Assumed office 
January 13, 2020​​​
Preceded by Dorothy Sue Hill​

Born ​July 30, 1950​
​Place of birth missing​

Resident of Oberlin in Allen Parish​​

Political party Republican​​​
Spouse(s) Katherine "Kathy" Reed Carrier​
Children Four children
Occupation Businessman
Religion Southern Baptist

Raylon Dewith Carrier, known as R. Dewith Carrier (born July 30, 1950), is the Republican state representative for District 32 in Allen, Beauregard, and Calcasieu parishes in western Louisiana.

With 8,134 votes (64 percent), he defeated two Democrats, former state Representative Herman Ray Hill, the husband of the retiring Representative Dorothy Sue Hill, and Kristian Poncho, who polled 3,394 (27 percent) and 1,151 (9 percent), respectively. The election turnout of registered voters was 50.2 percent.[1]

Carrier owns businesses, Service Office Centre/Teacher's Pet in Crowley in Acadia Parish and Oakdale in Allen Parish. From 1993 to 2005, he was the mayor pro tempore of Oberlin, the Allen Parish seat of government. From 2016 to 2017, he was the president of the Oakdale Rotary Club. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Oakdale, Kinder (also Allen Parish), and Crowley. He is the president of the Oberlin Housing Authority, a member of the Allen Parish Crime Stoppers, and a board member of the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services.[2]

Carrier and his wife, the former Katherine "Kathy" Reed (born 1960), have four children and six grandchildren. They are members of Oberlin Baptist Church in Oberlin.[2]

Carrier joins Democrats in choosing House Speaker

On January 13, 2020, Carrier 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 Democratic lawmakers, along with two Independents, and the Republican defectors.[3]


  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Carrier candidate for District 32 Rep.. The Dequincy News (June 2, 2019). Retrieved on December 3, 2019.
  3. The Moon Griffon Show, January 23, 2020.

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