Suzanne Mayfield Krieger

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Suzanne Mayfield Krieger​


Louisiana State Representative for District 76 (St. Tammany Parish)​
In office
1992​ – 1996​
Preceded by Ed Scogin
Succeeded by Tom Thornhill

Born July 30, 1953​
Slidell
St. Tammany Parish
Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Charles William Krieger​​
Alma mater
Occupation
Religion

Suzanne Mayfield Krieger (born July 30, 1953), a lifelong resident of Slidell in St. Tammany Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana, served for a single term from 1992 to 1996 as a Republican state representative for District 76. In 1995, rather than seeking reelection to the state House, she unsuccessfully sought the office of lieutenant governor, having been defeated by Democrat Kathleen Blanco of Lafayette, who was subsequently the governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2008.​

Krieger polled 211,520 votes (16 percent) in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 21, 1995, for lieutenant governor, narrowly edging then State Representative Christopher "Chris" John of Crowley in Acadia Parish[1] in the general election against Blanco. A member at the time of the regulatory Louisiana Public Service Commission, Blanco had led in the initial balloting with 44 percent of the vote.[2] In the second balloting, Blanco defeated Krieger, 964,559 (65.2 percent) to 513,613 (34.8 percent). In that same election, the Republican gubernatorial candidate Murphy James "Mike" Foster, Jr., of St. Mary Parish defeated the African-American Democrat Cleo Fields[3] by nearly the same margin that Blanco had topped Krieger.[4]

With a varied background in business, civic and governmental affairs, Krieger is a former member of the St. Tammany Parish School Board and a past president of the Greater Slidell Chamber of Commerce. She is the chairman of the Slidell Symphony Society and has been active in bringing the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to perform in the St. Tammany Parish schools.[5]

Krieger unseated fellow Republican Edward C. Scogin, a conservative 20-year House veteran, in the general election held on November 16, 1991. On that same day, Democrat Edwin Edwards defeated David Duke , running as the non-endorsed Republican candidate for the governorship.[6] Krieger did not seek reelection in 1995 because of her race for lieutenant governor. She was succeeded by Slidell trial attorney Tom Thornhill.[2]

In 1999, Thornhill declined to run again for state representative, and Krieger sought to return to the legislature. She did not recover from the loss for lieutenant governor in 1995 and was narrowly defeated by fellow Republican Almond Gaston "A. G." Crowe, Jr., of Slidell, 4,349 votes (50.6 percent) to 4,249 (49.4 percent).[7] Crowe, like Krieger, is a former member of the St. Tammany Parish School Board. He served District 76 for two terms before his election in 2007 as a state senator.

While in the state House, Krieger was a member of the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus.[8]

References

  1. Chris John was the unsuccessful Democrat in the United States Senate eletion in 2004 against Republican David Vitter, who held the seat for two terms, ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2015 against the Democrat John Bel Edwards, and retired from the Senate on January 3, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 21, 1995.
  3. After a considerable absence, Cleo Fields returned to the Louisiana State Senate on January 13, 2020. He was named by Speaker Clay Schexnayder as chairman of the Senate Education Committee.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 18, 1995.
  5. Suzanne Mayfield Krieger. insidenorthside.com. Retrieved on October 31, 2009.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 16, 1991.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 20, 1999.
  8. Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus. llwc.louisiana.gov. Retrieved on October 31, 2009.

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