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Lydia Jackson

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Lydia Jackson
Lydia P. Jackson.jpg
Louisiana State Senate District 39
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 2003
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
ProfessionVice President of Hibernia National Bank
Personal website
Lydia Jackson is a former Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate. She represented District 39 from 2004 to 2012. She previously served in the Louisiana State House of Representatives from 2000 to 2004.

Jackson attended Harvard-Radcliffe.

Jackson was Legislative Assistant for United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston from 1981 to 1982. She worked as Campaign Analyst for Jackson and Associates from 1984 to 1990. She also worked as Research/Training Coordinator for Marshall Styles Research from 1990 to 1996. She has been Vice President/Community Outreach Director for Hibernia National Bank since 1996.

Committee assignments


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


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Jackson served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Jackson lost re-election to the Louisiana State Senate District 39 seat. She faced Jim Slagle (R) and Gregory Tarver (D) in 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. However, since no candidate reached this threshold, a general election took place on November 19, 2011 between top-two vote getters Jackson and Tarver.[1] Tarver defeated Jackson to win the seat.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Tarver 52.5% 9,168
     Democratic Lydia Jackson Incumbent 47.5% 8,295
Total Votes 17,463
Louisiana State Senate District 39 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLydia Jackson Incumbent 43.4% 9,393
     Republican Jim Slagle 15% 3,259
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Tarver 41.6% 9,015
Total Votes 21,667

Races to watch

On September 12, 2011, Bayou Buzz issued a report on the top five Louisiana Senate races to watch. The race between Jackson, Slagle and Tarver was ranked as number 2. The report cites Slagle as having crossover appeal with Jackson's base, which could result in a split vote, allowing Tarver, a former senator, to reclaim his former seat.[3]


In 2007 Lydia Jackson was re-elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 39. Jackson's vote totals are not available for the 2007 election because she ran unopposed.

Campaign donors


In 2007, a year in which Jackson was up for election, she collected $129,689 in donations.[4]

Her five largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Campaign Committee of Louisiana $9,000
Louisiana Dental Association $4,000
Tango Transport Association $4,000
Louisiana Society of Interventional Pain Physicians $2,500
Door Lock LLC $2,500

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Preceded by
Louisiana State Senate District 39
Succeeded by
Gregory Tarver