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Sherman Mack

Sherman Quinn Mack​


Louisiana State Representative for District 95 (Livingston Parish)​
In office
January 9, 2012​ – ​
Preceded by Walker Hines

Born March 20, 1972​
Place of birth missing ​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bridgett Kovach Mack
Children Three children​
Residence Albany, Livingston Parish​
Occupation Attorney
Religion Southern Baptist

Sherman Quinn Mack (born March 20, 1972) is an attorney from Albany outside of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican state representaive for District 95 in Livingston Parish. On January 13, 2020, he was defeated 60 to 45 in the election to choose a new House Speaker to succceed the term-limited Taylor Barras of New Iberia. Mack was the choice of the Republican caucus, but twenty-three fellow Republicans refused to support him and instead chose Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish, who carried the backing of all of the Democrats in the chamber.[1]

House Majority Leader Lance Harris, a Republican from Alexandria, withdrew from consideration as Speaker, and Republican lawmakers informally tapped Mack in a caucus meeting on December 13.[2]

Background

Mack attended Holden High School in Albany, Louisiana. From 1991 to 1995, he studied on a basketball scholarship at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish. He received his undergraduate degree from Southeastern in 1995. He obtained his law degree in 1999 from the historically black Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge. He located his law firm in Albany, where he resides with his wife, the former Bridgett A. Kovach, and their three children. He is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Albany. He also coaches youth basketball.[3]

Political life

On October 22, 2011, Mack was initially elected to the House to succeed Democrat-turned-Republican Walker Hines, who held the seat for one term when it was based, prior to redistricting, in Orleans Parish. In the nonpartisan blanket primary, Mack received 6,526 votes (61.2 percent), compared to 3,449 (32.4 percent) for his Democratic opponent, Lonnie Watts, and 682 ballots (6.4 percent) for Independent Matthew Mitchell.[4] [5]

Mack ran without opposition in the 2015 legislative primary. In his most recent election for a third term, Mack defeated a Democratic opponent, Robin Dawn Parrott, a teacher from Walker, Louisiana, 8,717 votes (78 percent) to 2,410 (22 percent).[6]

On April 5, 2012, as a freshman legislator, Mack voted against successful bills to authorize charter schools and to establish a school voucher program. He also opposed a plan to amend teacher tenure policy.

References

  1. Sam Karlin. Clay Schexnayder wins Louisiana House Speaker after push from Democrats. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on January 13, 2020.
  2. The Moon Griffon Show, December 16, 2019.
  3. Mack Law Firm: Sherman Q. Mack. Mack Law Firm. Retrieved on December 16, 2019.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 2011.
  5. Rep. Sherman Q. Mack. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on May 18, 2012.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.

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