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Rob Shadoin

Robert Ermon "Rob" Shadoin

Louisiana State Representative for
District 12 (Lincoln and Union parishes)
In office
January 9, 2012 – September 2018
Preceded by Hollis Downs
Succeeded by Chris Turner

Lincoln Parish School Board member
In office
1994 – December 2006

Born August 24, 1953
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carol Brasuell Shadoin
Children Four children
Residence Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana
Alma mater Ruston High School

Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana State University
Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center

Occupation Lawyer
Religion United Methodist

Robert Ermon Shadoin, known as Rob Shadoin (born August 24, 1953), is a lawyer in Ruston, Louisiana, who is a Republican departing member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 12, which encompasses Lincoln and Union parishes in the northern portion of the state.

In the general election held on November 19, 2011, Shadoin defeated fellow Republican, Jason Paul Bullock (born 1977), also of Ruston, for the right to succeed Republican Representative Hollis Downs, a professor at Louisiana Tech University. In a low turnout, Shadoin polled 4,186 votes (54.4 percent) to Bullock's 3,513 votes (45.6 percent).[1] In the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, Bullock had led the balloting with 45 percent, and Shadoin trailed with nearly 39 percent of the vote. A third Republican candidate, Jacob "Jake" Halley, held the remaining but critical 16 percent of the primary vote. No Democrat sought the position.[2]

Shadoin and his wife, the former Carol J. Brasuell (born December 1960), who has been his legal office manager, have four children.[3] In 1971, Shadoin graduated from Ruston High School. In 1975, he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech. He procured the Juris Doctor degree in 1978 from Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge.[4]

Considered a Moderate Republican, Shadoin served as the Ruston city attorney from 1991 to 1994 and as a member of the Lincoln Parish School Board from 1994 to 2006. Shadoin has long been a target of the conservative radio talk show host, Moon Griffon, who broadcasts from Lafayette. Griffon repeatedly mocks Shadoin for voting to raise state taxes after Shadoin had lamented how he "hates" raising taxes but nevertheless does so. In the broadcast of May 22, 2018, Griffon urged Shadoin to re-register as a Democrat when he seeks a third legislative term in 2019 because Shadoin is one of the strongest supporters of Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Edwards' repeated attempts to raise taxes to close a budget shortfall.[5] Shadoin said that Edwards is not "purposely being obstructionist" in the tax battle with the conservatives.[6] Mrs. Shadoin posted on a website that the two are "really" Democrats but hold Republican registration in a heavily GOP House district. The post was later deleted.[7]

On September 25, 2018, it was confirmed that Shadoin resigned from the House to accept a position as deputy counsel for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in the Edwards administration.[8] In the special election held on February 23, 2019, to choose Shadoin's successor, Christopher Lyle "Chris" Turner, a Ruston businessman, defeated fellow Republican Jake Halley of Farmerville, 3,561 votes (70 percent) to 1,537 (30 percent).[9]

Though Turner ran as a political "outsider" and had not previously held elected office, the columnist, Sam Hanna, Jr., of The Ouachita Citizen, said that Turner carries "the blessing of the ruling class in Baton Rouge."[10]


  1. Louisiana Secretary of State, General election returns, November 19, 2011
  2. Louisiana Secretary of State, Primary election returns, October 22, 2011
  3. Biography: Representative Rob Shadoin. Retrieved on February 26, 2012.
  4. Representative Robert E. Shadoin, District 12. Retrieved on February 26, 2012.
  5. The Moon Griffon Show, May 22, 2018.
  6. GOP Rep. Shadoin: Governor not purposely being obstructionist. KEEL Radio. Retrieved on May 22, 2018.
  7. The Moon Griffon Show, June 5, 2018.
  8. Greg Hilburn (September 25, 2018). Rep. Shadoin to resign House seat. The Shreveport Times.
  9. Election Returns. Louisiana Secretary of State (February 23, 2019).
  10. Sam Hanna, Jr., "Who Wants to Serve?", The Colfax Chronicle, January 31, 2019, p. 4.