Franklin Foil

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Franklin Johnson Foil​

Louisiana State Senator for District 16 (East Baton Rouge Parish)​
Assumed office 
January 13, 2020
Preceded by Dan Claitor

Louisiana State Representative for District 70 (East Baton Rouge Parish)
In office
January 14, 2008​ – ​January 13, 2020
Preceded by Carl Crane
Succeeded by Barbara Reich Freiberg

Born October 31, 1964​
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tanja Dee Vanhook Foil​
Children Three children

Frank and Judith Johnson Foil

Alma mater Louisiana State University

Loyola University Law School New Orleans

Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Franklin Johnson Foil (born October 31, 1964) is a Republican incoming member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 16 in his native East Baton Rouge Parish. He succeeds the term-limited Dan Claitor, effective January 13, 2020.

From 2008 to 2020, he represented District 70 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Term-limited in the House, he ran instead for the state Senate. He defeated the Democrat Beverly Brooks Thompson, 27,090 (58 percent) to 19,912 (42 percent). Earlier in the October 12, 2019, nonpartisan blanket primary, he first appeared to have tied another Republican, Steve Carter, the departing District 68 state representative, to obtain a runoff berth. However a re-tabulation showed that Foil led Carter by four votes.[1]​ ​ Foil graduated from Louisiana State University and obtained his legal credentials from Loyola Law School in New Orleans. He is a former captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Navy Reserve. He is an appellate judge for the Navy and Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington, D.C. Foiled is an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge.[2]

In his first campaign the state House of Representatives, Foil defeated Metro Councilman Pat Culbertson, another Republican, in the runoff contest held on November 17, 2007. Foil led that race with 5,399 votes (53 percent) to Culbertson's, 4, 809 (47 percent).[3]​ ​ In the 2011 primary, Foil defeated the Independent Greg Baldwin, 6,947 votes (77.4 percent) to 2,033 (22.6 percent).[4] In 2015, he prevailed by a a similar margin, 8,401 votes (74.4 percent) to 2,891 (25.6 percent) for the Democratic candidate, Shamaka Schumake.[5]

In this first legislative session, Foil worked for passage of legislation to compel insurance companies to cover medical treatment for children with autism, an issue foremost for his wife, the former Tanja Dee Vanhook.[2] In 2018, Foil passed legislation to establish a tax-free savings account for tuition for K-12 education. In 2008, he was appointed chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. He also served for a time as vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.​


  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12 and November 16, 2019.
  2. 2.0 2.1 About Franklin Foil. Retrieved on November 22, 2019.
  3. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 17, 2007.
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 2011.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 24, 2015.