Joel Robideaux

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Joel Robideaux
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Louisiana House of Representatives District 45
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 11
Speaker Pro Tempore
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
ProfessionCertified Public Accountant
Office website
Joel C. Robideaux is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election in 2004.

Robideaux currently serves as Speaker Pro Tem, and was the first Independent to serve in that role. He changed his party affiliation from Independent to Republican on September 1, 2011.[1][2]


Robideaux's professional experience includes working as a certified public accountant, Campaign Treasurer for State Senator Mike Michot, and an Adjunct Accounting Instructor at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Robideaux served on the following committees:

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Ways and Means, Chair
Joint Legislative Capital Outlay, Vice Chair
Joint Legislative Budget


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


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Robideaux served on the following committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Joel Robideaux endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [3]



See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On October 22, 2011, Robideaux won re-election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated W. David Chance (L) the October 22 primary. 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.

Louisiana House of Representatives, District 45 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Robideaux Incumbent 78.8% 7,133
     Libertarian W. David Chance 21.2% 1,918
Total Votes 9,051


In 2007, Robideaux was re-elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. He ran unopposed.[4]

Louisiana House of Representatives General Election, District 45 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joel Robideaux (I) N/A

Campaign donors


In 2011, Robideaux received $166,398 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joel Robideaux's campaign in 2011
Louisiana State Farm Agents$3,750
Louisiana Manufacturers Association$3,500
Beta Land Services Llc$2,500
Private, Sharon & Fernand$2,500
Bepco Lp$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $166,398
Total Votes received in 2011 7,133
Cost of each vote received $23.33


In 2007, a year in which Robideaux was up for election, he collected $79,663 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce $5,000
West PAC $2,250
Rodney L. Savoy $2,250
Altria $2,000


Robideaux is the Charter President of Kiwanis of Vermilion, and a member of the Acadiana Delegation and the Louisiana Rural Caucus.[7]

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