Tom Greene (Louisiana politician)

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Thomas Alan "Tom" Greene

Louisiana State Senator for
District 17 (Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge,
and West Feliciana parishes)
In office
Preceded by J. E. Jumonville, Jr.
Succeeded by Robert Mark Marionneaux, Jr.[1]

Born September 7, 1948
Place of birth missing
Political party Democrat-turned-Republican
Spouse(s) Cathy Castleman Greene
Children Holland Greene Nader
Craig Castleman Greene
Jason Ellfors Greene
Thomas Ryan Greene
Boyd Owens Greene
Residence Maringouin
Iberville Parish
Louisiana, USA
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Occupation Veterinarian; Rancher; Engineer
Religion Christian

Greene twice defeated state Senator J. E. Jumonville, Jr., who served from 1976 to 1992 and succeeded his father, who held the seat from 1968 to 1976.

Thomas Alan Greene, known as Tom Greene (born September 7, 1948), is a veterinarian and rancher from Maringouin in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, who served in the state Senate from 1992 to 2000. He narrowly won the general election of 1991 and prevailed comfortably in the nonpartisan blanket primary in 1995 as a Democrat. During his second term, he switched affiliation to Republican.

Greene did not seek a third term in the Senate in the 1999 primary.[2] Instead, he unsuccessfully challenged fellow Democrat-turned-Republican Governor Murphy James "Mike" Foster, Jr., in the gubernatorial primary


Greene graduated in 1966 from Fenton High School in the village of Fenton near Jennings in Jefferson Davis Parish.[3] He received three degrees, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.[4] He was president of the College of Engineering student body in 1970 and from 1971 to 1974 was an electrical engineer.[3]

Greene is a member of the American and Louisiana veterinary medical associations as well as the Louisiana Cattleman's and the International Brangus Breeders associations. He lists his religious affiliation as Christian. He and his wife, the former Cathy Castleman (born September 26, 1950), have four grown sons and a daughter.[3]

Political life

In the 1991 nonpartisan blanket primary, then Democrat Greene narrowly trailed incumbent Democrat J. E. Jumonville, Jr., of rural Ventress in Pointe Coupee Parish, 20,077 votes (44.3 percent) to 21,286 (46.9 percent). Two other Democratic candidates split the remaining but important 9 percent of the vote.[5] In the general election, Greene defeated Jumonville, who had served as a senator since 1976, by 685 votes, 25,523 (50.7 percent) to 24,838 (49.3 percent). J. E. Jumonville, Sr. (1919–1983) had also served in the position from 1968 to 1976.[6]

In 1995, Greene defeated Jumonville again in a two-candidate primary race, 24,851 votes (57.6 percent) to 18,289 (42.4 percent).[7]

Greene entered the governor's race in 1999 at the last minute and had no statewide campaign organization. His platform proposed that parents be given more control over their children's educations and that the state institute educational vouchers. He called for the elimination of the state's dependence on gambling. He proposed that the state find a balance between industry and the environment, and he urged greater disclosure of interest groups on state government.[8] He finished the gubernatorial race with 35,424 votes (3 percent).[1]

Greene's state Senate seat reverted to a Democrat, Robert Mark "Rob" Marionneaux, Jr. who defeated Tim Johnson, the Republican candidate. Marionneaux was term-limited in the 2011 elections.

District 37 is Democratic in part because it is 37 percent African American in voter registration. There are also unionized plant workers, sugar cane farmers, and government employees. There is a considerable Republican presence because the northwestern portion of East Baton Rouge Parish is included in the district. This area, known as "Central City", has been incorporated and is seeking to form its own independent school district. Though the whole district has grown at less than the statewide rate, the East Baton Rouge portion has grown nearly 5 percent during the first decade of the 21st century. The GOP is competitive in national races, but Democrats usually win the statewide contests.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 23, 1999.
  2. Membership of the Louisiana State Senate, 1880–2024. Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved on February 26, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Biographical information,, website since disbanded
  4. "Louisiana: Thomas Alan Greene", Who's Who in American Politics, 2007-2008 (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2007), p. 660.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 19, 1991.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 16, 1991.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 21, 1995.
  8. Carl Redman. Louisiana Election Looks Like No Contest For Retrieved on January 20, 2011 ; material no longer accessible on-line.