Thomas H. Hudson

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Thomas H. "Tommy" Hudson

Louisiana State Senator for
District 15 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
(service alongside Gaston Gerald, Kenneth Osterberger, Richard N. Turnley, Jr., and Mike Cross)
In office
1976–1988
Preceded by J. D. DeBlieux
Succeeded by Larry S. Bankston

Louisiana State Senate President Pro Tempore
In office
1984–1988
Preceded by Theodore M. Hickey
Succeeded by Samuel Nunez

Born November 23, 1946
Russellville, Pope County

Arkansas, USA

Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alma mater Louisiana State University

LSU Law Center]

Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Thomas H. Hudson, known as Tommy Hudson (born November 23, 1946), is an attorney from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,[1] who from 1976 to 1988 was a Democratic three-term state senator for District 15, based about East Baton Rouge Parish. He was the State Senate President Pro Tempore in his third term from 1984 to 1988.[2]

The son of Henry E. Hudson and the former Cecile Stanford, Hudson was born in Russellville in Pope County in northwestern Arkansas. He graduated from both Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center]] in Baton Rouge. He is a Presbyterian.[1]

Hudson won the District 15 state Senate seat in the first ever nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 1, 1975. He unseated incumbent J. D. DeBlieux, another Baton Rouge Democrat lawyer. A favorite of the civil rights community, DeBlieux actually lost the African-American vote to Hudson because DeBlieux refused to give black ministers funding for their pledged support. "You should be raising money for me and giving me money to help in my election. I shouldn't be giving you money," DeBlieux told the clergymen. He added that he never gave the ministers any funds.[3]

In 1986, while midway in his last Senate term, Hudson waged a challenge to Republican state Representative Richard Hugh Baker of Baton Rouge for Louisiana's 6th congressional district vacated by Republican William Henson Moore, who ran instead unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Democrat Russell Long. Baker prevailed with 76,833 votes (51 percent) to Hudson's 67,774 (45 percent). The remaining 6,120 votes (4 percent) was held by a second Democrat, Willis Erwin Blackwell, Sr. (1924-2007), an African-American civil rights advocate and declared supporter of "honesty in government." Blackwell resided in Holden in Livingston Parish.[4][5] Moore, meanwhile, lost to U.S. House colleague John Breaux, then of Louisiana's 7th congressional district, since disbanded, for the right to succeed the veteran Senator Long.

Hudson did not seek a fourth term in the Senate, an option no longer allowed for Louisiana lawmakers who are restricted to three terms. He was succeeded by a fellow Democrat Baton Rouge lawyer, Larry S. Bankston, son of local Democrat powerhouse Jesse Bankston.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Louisiana: Hudson, Thomas H.," Who's Who in American Politics, 2007-2008 (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2007), p. 661.
  2. Membership of the Louisiana State Senate, 1880-Present. senate.la.gov. Retrieved on January 24, 2021.
  3. George Morris, "A Civil Servant: J. D. DeBlieux fought in the Legislature for civil rights," The Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, March 9, 1998
  4. Willis Erwin Blackwell. findagrave.com. Retrieved on January 24, 2021.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, September 27, 1986.