Tom Schedler

From Ballotpedia
(Redirected from John Thomas Schedler)
Jump to: navigation, search
John Thomas Schedler
Tom Schedler.jpg
Louisiana Secretary of State
In office
November 22, 2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorJay Dardenne (R)
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
Next primaryOctober 24, 2015
Campaign $$861,597
AppointedNovember 2010
Term limitsNone
High schoolDe La Salle High School (1967)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Southwestern Louisiana (1971)
Military service
Service/branchUS Naval Reserve
Service branchLouisiana National Guard
Date of birthJanuary 24, 1950
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
ProfessionHealth-care development
Office website
John Thomas Schedler (born January 24, 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is the current Republican Louisiana Secretary of State, replacing Jay Dardenne following his election as lieutenant governor on November 2, 2010.[1]

Schedler was sworn in as secretary of state on November 22, 2010, when then-secretary of state Jay Dardenne was sworn in as lieutenant governor. Schedler was appointed first assistant secretary of state in December of 2007 by Dardenne.[2] Schedler announced his intention to seek re-election in the 2015 election in early 2014.[3]


Schedler served in the United States Naval Reserve for five years beginning in 1971 and then later was a member of the Louisiana National Guard. From 1984 until 1990, he worked as chairman of the Slidell Board of Zoning and Adjustment. In 1990, Schedler was brought on as director of managed care services and business development at a hospital in St. Tammany Parish, a role he maintained for six years.[4]

Schedler has also served in the following roles:

  • Member, Board of Directors for Savings Bank (1984-1990)
  • Board Member, Greater Slidell Chamber of Commerce (1984-present)
  • Member, Lions Club of Slidell (1988-1996)
  • Graduate, Leadership Louisiana (1991)
  • President, Rotary Club of Slidell (1995-1996)
  • Member, Hammond Chamber of Commerce (1996-present)
  • Member, Saint Tammany Chamber of Commerce (1996-present)
  • Board Member, Hospice Foundation of South (2002-present)
  • Board Member, Regional National Bank
  • Chair, East Saint Tammany United Way
  • Member, Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church
  • Member, Saint Tammany Association of Retarded Citizens
  • Member, Slidell Boys and Girls Club[4]


  • Graduated from De La Salle High School (1967)
  • Bachelor's degree in marketing, University of Southwestern Louisiana (1971)

Political career

Louisiana Secretary of State (2011-Present)

Schedler is the current Republican Louisiana Secretary of State, replacing Jay Dardenne who was elected as Lieutenant Governor on November 2nd, 2010.[5] Though Dardenne was set to take office immediately following the general election, he chose to delay his assumption of his new duties till November 22nd in order to circumvent a statutory requirement that calls for "any statewide elected office that's vacant at least a year [to] be filled by [special] election;" Dardenne contended that this would save the state $6 million in election costs.[6] Prior to his elevation as Secretary of State, Schedler served twelve years in the Louisiana State Senate and two years as Chief Deputy to former Secretary of State Jay Dardenne.

Schedler was sworn in as secretary of state on November 22, 2010, when then-secretary of state Jay Dardenne was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

Louisiana State Senate (1996-2008)

From 1996 until 2008, Schedler was a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing the St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes in the 11th Senate District. He made numerous contributions during his tenure as a state legislator, among them co-authoring the repeal of the Louisiana inheritance tax with then-State Representative David Vitter and leading the passage of the first major reform bill aimed at dealing with the state charity hospital system.

For six years beginning in 1990, Schedler worked as a member of the Slidell City Council. During his tenure, he served first as vice president and then later as president of the local governmental body.[4]



See also: Louisiana Secretary of State election, 2015

Schedler is running for re-election as Louisiana Secretary of State in the 2015 election. The primary election is scheduled for October 24, 2015, with a runoff held on November 21, 2015, if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.

Campaign finance

Annual report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a total of $111,730.21 and spent a total of $126,235.14 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 19, 2015.[7]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Chris Tyson Democratic Party Louisiana Secretary of State $79,013.10 $111,730.21 $109,580.92 $77,962.39
Tom Schedler Republican Party Louisiana Secretary of State $16,654.22 $0 $16,654.22 $0
Grand Total Raised $111,730.21
Grand Total Spent $126,235.14


See also: Louisiana secretary of state election, 2011

Schedler won election to a full four-year term as Louisiana Secretary of State on October 22, 2011. He defeated fellow Republican and Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives Jim Tucker, who was the only candidate to register to run against him. State Rep. Walker Hines and New Orleans attorney Caroline Fayard considered running, but ultimately chose not to. Schedler captured more than 50 percent of the vote in the blanket primary, winning re-election outright.

Louisiana Secretary of State, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Schedler Incumbent 50.5% 449,616
     Republican Jim Tucker 49.5% 441,170
Total Votes 890,786

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schedler is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Schedler raised a total of $861,597 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[8]

Tom Schedler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Louisiana Secretary of State Won $590,337
2005 Louisiana State Senate District 11 Not up for election $27,349
2003 Louisiana State Senate District 11 Won $221,586
1999 Louisiana State Senate District 11 Won $22,325
Grand Total Raised $861,597

1999 and 2003

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Tom Schedler's donors each year.[9] Click [show] for more information.

State Executive Official elections

MississippiWest Virginia



Schedler currently resides in Slidell, Louisiana with his wife, Stephanie Gele. The couple have three children together - Michelle, Rachael, and Jennifer. They also have three grandchildren. He is also a practicing Roman Catholic.[4]

Schedler has received the following awards:

  • Slidell Citizen of the Year Award (1990)
  • Legislator of the Month Award (1999) from Louisiana Municipal Association
  • Outstanding Legislator Award (1999) from the Victims and Citizens Against Crime
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2000) from the Alliance for Good Government
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2000) from the President's Committee on Mental Retardation
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2000) from the Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2000) from the Louisiana Association for Mental Health
  • Franklin Smith Award (2001) from the Association for Retarded Citizens of Louisiana
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2002) from the Rural Hospital Coalition
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2002) from the Louisiana School Counselor Association
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2003) from the Black Bag Medical Society[4]

Recent news

Know more information about this profile?
Submit a bio

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Tom + Schedler + Louisiana + Secretary"

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Tom Schedler News Feed

  • Loading...

Contact Information


Capitol Address:
Executive - Secretary of State
Post Office Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125

Phone: (225) 922-2880
Fax: (225) 922-2003

See also

External links

Suggest a link


Political offices
Preceded by
Jay Dardenne (R)
Louisiana Secretary of State
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Gerry E. Hinton
Louisiana State Senate
Succeeded by
Jack Donahue (R)