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Jay Morris
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 14
In office
January 9, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University
J.D.Louisiana State University School of Law
ProfessionBusiness owner
Office website
Campaign website
John C. "Jay" Morris is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

He was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] He was defeated in the open primary on October 19, 2013.[2]


Morris earned his B.s. and J.D. from Louisiana State University. His professional experience includes working as managing partner of Dean Morris, LLP, Lenders Title Corporation, and owner of Morris & Associates-businesses.[3]

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Morris served on the following committees:


Government shutdown

Morris' September 2013 ad in favor of defunding Obamacare

Morris released an ad on September 26, 2013, in regards to Ted Cruz September 24-25, 2013, speech on the floor of the Senate in support of the defund Obamacare effort.[4] In the ad he also indicated that he would support a government shutdown if Obamacare is not defunded.[4]

"The empty campaign promises about Obamacare must end," Morris says in the ad. "To defund Obamacare, we must defeat the political establishment, even if it means shutting down government."[4]



See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Morris ran for the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1] The election was held to replace Rodney Alexander, who announced his resignation in order to take a position as the next Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs at the end of September 2013.[5] He was defeated in the open primary on October 19, 2013.[2]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Special Election Open Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Riser 32% 33,045
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 17.8% 18,386
     Republican Clyde Holloway 10.9% 11,250
     Republican Phillip "Blake" Weatherly 0.5% 517
     Republican Jay Morris 6.9% 7,083
     Democratic Marcus Hunter 3% 3,088
     Democratic Robert Johnson 9.6% 9,971
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 14.8% 15,317
     Democratic Weldon Russell 2.5% 2,554
     Libertarian Henry Herford, Jr. 0.9% 886
     Libertarian S.B.A. Zaitoon 0.1% 129
     Green Eliot Barron 0.5% 492
     Independent Tom Gibbs 0.3% 324
     Independent Peter Williams 0.3% 335
Total Votes 103,377
Source: Official results via Louisiana Secretary of State


See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 19, 2011, Morris won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He faced incumbent Sam Little (R) and Michael Echols (R) in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, since no candidate reached this threshold, a general election took place on November 19 between Little and Morris.[6] Morris defeated Little to win the seat.[7]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Morris 59.1% 5,005
     Republican Sam Little Incumbent 40.9% 3,463
Total Votes 8,468
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 14 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Morris 42.6% 5,078
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Little Incumbent 36.7% 4,384
     Republican Michael Echols 20.7% 2,471
Total Votes 11,933

Campaign donors


In 2011, Morris received $350,144 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jay Morris's campaign in 2011
Morris Iii, John C$40,000
Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$5,000
Mulhearn Corp$2,869
Sparks, Wood T$2,500
Phelan, Lawrence & Pamela$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $350,144
Total Votes received in 2011 5,005
Cost of each vote received $69.96


Morris is married and has three children. He is involved with the United Way and the Monroe and West Monroe Chambers of Commerce.[3]

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Preceded by
Sam Little
Louisiana House of Representatives District 14
Succeeded by