Regina Barrow

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Regina Ann Ashford Barrow

Louisiana State Representative for
District 29 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
In office
2005 – January 11, 2016
Preceded by Sharon Weston Broome
Succeeded by Ronnie Edwards

Louisiana State Senator for
District 15 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
Assumed office 
January 11, 2016
Preceded by Sharon Weston Broome

Born June 14, 1966
Wilkinson County

Mississippi, USA

Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) James Garnett Barrow, Sr.
(died December 5, 2020)
Children Shanrika L. Barrow

James Barrow, Jr.
Carlton, Sr., and Essie Mae Ashford

Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Baton Rouge School of Computers
Occupation Businesswoman
Religion North Boulevard Macedonia Full Gospel Church in Baton Rouge

Regina Ann Ashford Barrow (born June 14, 1966)[1] is an African-American Democratic state senator for District 15 in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. She assumed this position on January 11, 2016.[2] In the primary election held on October 24, 2015, she defeated outgoing District 63 state Representative Dalton W. Honoré, another African-American Democrat,[3] for the right to succeed the term-limited state Senator Sharon Weston Broome, who thereafter in 2016 was elected as Mayor-President in Baton Rouge.

From 2005 to 2016, Barrow was the state representative for District 29 in East and West Baton Rouge parishes.[4]


A native of Wilkinson County in southwestern Mississippi, Barrow holds an Associate of Arts degree from the Baton Rouge School of Computers. She is an administrative assistant at the Baton Rouge social services firm, Inner Reflections.[5] She resides in North Baton Rouge with her husband, James Garnett Barrow, Sr. (born July 1964). The couple has two children, Shanrika and James, Jr.[5]

She is a former president of the Parent-Teacher Association at Glen Oaks High School and the Louisiana New School Academy, both in Baton Rouge. She is a former vice-president for programs for the Camp Fire Boys and Girls. She is director of the senior care ministry at the North Boulevard Macedonia Full Gospel Church in Baton Rouge.[5]

Political life

Barrow held her House seat from 2005 to 2016. In June 2005, she won a special election to succeed fellow African-American Democrat Sharon Weston Broome, who was elected that year to the state Senate.[4] She had been Broome's House legislative assistant.[5] Barrow won her first full term in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 20, 2007, when she polled 6,239 votes (64.6 percent) over a fellow Democrat, Sarah Holliday, with 2,282 (23.6 percent), and a Republican, Harold A. Williams, formerly of Baltimore, Maryland, who received the remaining 1,143 votes (11.8 percent).[6] In 2011, she won by a similar margin, 64 to 36 percent, over another Democrat, Edmond Jordan (born June 1971) of West Baton Rouge Parish.[7]

Representative Barrow is a former vice-chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus and is a member of the Legislative Black Caucus and the Democratic Caucus. She was the vice-chair of both the House Executive Committee and the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs. She served on these House committees: (1) Health and Welfare, (2) Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, (3) Ways and Means, and (4) Joint Legislative on Capital Outlay.[5]

Barrow's House ratings ranged from 26 to 67 percent from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In 2012. the National Federation of Independent Business rated Barrow 17 percent. In both 2013 and 2014, the conservative Louisiana Family Forum scored her 50 percent. In 2013 and 2014, she was rated 75 and 100 percent, respectively, by Louisiana Right to Life. She was rated 100 percent in both 2013 and 2014 by the Louisiana Association of Educators. In 2006, she was rated 64 percent by the Humane Society. In 2005, she was scored 75 percent by the Louisiana Hospital Association.[8]

In 2014 ,Representative Barrow co-sponsored the requirement that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges near their clinics; only five House members opposed the measure. That same year, she voted to extend the time for implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. She voted to forbid the transportation of dogs in open truck beds on interstate highways. She did not vote on the repeal of state anti-sodomy laws; the measure failed in the House, 27-67.[9]

In 2013, Representative Barrow voted to reduce penalties for the possession of marijuana. She did not vote on the issue of permanent concealed carry gun permits but in 2014 opposed the use of such permits in restaurants that serve alcohol. She opposed keeping information on concealed carry permits confidential and out of the public record. She voted to increase judicial pay and to end the mandatory retirement age for judges. She co-sponsored an "equal pay" plan for state employees. In 2012, she co-sponsored legislation to provide for parole eligibility for non-violent inmates. She voted to prohibit the use of telephones while driving and in 2011 had opposed the holding of hand-held devices while driving. She opposed state tax incentives to recruit a National Basketball Association team to Louisiana and also voted against state income tax deductions for taxpayers donating to scholarship funds. She opposed reducing the number of hours that polling locations must remain open; Louisiana has traditionally had 14-hour polling days.[9]

In 2011, Representative Barrow voted for a permanent tax on cigarettes. That year she also supported parole eligibility for elderly inmates and a failed bill which proposed to halt bullying in public schools. She opposed the requirement for drug testing of welfare recipients. She voted to establish a commission to develop a plan to abolish the state income tax. She opposed the redistricting bill for both the state Senate and the congressional delegation.[9]

In 2018, Senator Barrow voted to forbid abortion of children after fifteen weeks of gestation. Barrow voted to exempt certain non-violent crimes from the habitual offender law. That same year she voted to prohibit marriages to couples under the age of sixteen. In 2020, Senator Barrow voted to expand the use of medical marijuana. She opposed tax rebates to businesses impacted by the Coronavirus. She also opposed limits on environmental lawsuits that can be filed against oil and natural gas companies. She also voted to allow a referendum on the legalization of sports betting. In 2018, she had supported the establishment of fantasy sports contests.[9]


  1. Regina Barrow. Retrieved on December 10, 2020.
  2. Louisiana State Senate Historical Membership, 1880-2024. Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  3. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 24, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Regina Barrow. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Regina Ashford Barrow. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 20, 2007.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 2011.
  8. Regina Barrow's Ratings and Endorsements. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Regina Barrow's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 1, 2020.