Michael Strain

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Michael Strain
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Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
In office
January 14, 2008 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 7
PredecessorBob Odom (D)
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First electedOctober 20, 2007
Next generalOctober 24, 2015
Campaign $$2,203,394
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
High schoolCovington High School (1977)
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University (1981)
OtherDVM, Louisiana State University (1983)
Place of birthCovington, Louisiana
Office website
Campaign website
Michael Strain (b. December 2, 1959) is the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture. Strain, a Republican, assumed office in January 2008 and won re-election in 2011. He is seeking re-election in the 2015 election.[1] He is a veterinarian and farmer, and previously served in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In his current position as agriculture commissioner, Strain is responsible for promoting, protecting, and advancing agriculture and forestry, as well as soil and water resources, in the state of Louisiana.


Strain was born in Covington, Louisiana. He is married, has two children, and works as a veterinarian at Claiborne Hill veterinary hospital.

Prior to being elected Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Strain represented district 74 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000-2008. He is a member of the Louisiana Rural Caucus.[2]


  • DVM, Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • B.S., Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University

Political career

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture (2008-present)

Strain has served as Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture since January 2008. He was first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Presidential preference


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

Michael Strain endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3] He had previously endorsed Rick Perry.[4]

Louisiana House of Representatives (2000-2008)

Strain represented District 74 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008.



See also: Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

Early in 2013, Strain was considering a bid for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. In July 2013, he announced he would seek re-election as agriculture commissioner instead.[1]

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 $1,200 and spent a total of $2,500 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 19, 2015.[5]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
Michael Strain Republican Party Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture $3,654.49 $1,200 $2,500 $2,354.49
Jamie LaBranche Democratic Party Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture $0 $0 $0 $0
Grand Total Raised $1,200
Grand Total Spent $2,500


See also: Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Strain defeated Jamie LaBranche (D) and Belinda Alexandrenko (Reform) in the blanket primary on October 22, 2011. Because Strain captured more than 50 percent of the primary vote, he won the election outright. Thus, while the Louisiana general election took place November 19, 2011, the office of agriculture and forestry commissioner did not appear on the ballot.

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Strain Incumbent 66.5% 640,886
     Democratic Jamie LaBranche 27.8% 267,942
     Reform Belinda Alexandrenko 5.7% 54,888
Total Votes 963,716


Strain was endorsed by the Alliance for Good Government on September 20, 2011.[6]


Strain won election as Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry in 2007. In the October 20 primary, Strain led Republicans with 40.47 percent, while Democrat Bob Odom had 41.35 percent.[7] Strain and Odom were headed to a runoff, but before it occurred Odom withdrew, leaving Strain the winner.[8]

Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry, blanket primary, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBob Odom 41.3% 505,504
     Republican Mike Strain 40.5% 494,760
     Republican Wayne Carter 12.5% 152,893
     Republican Don Johnson 5.7% 69,470
Total Votes 1,222,627
Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Strain is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Strain raised a total of $2,203,394 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[9]

Michael Strain's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Won $447,729
2009 Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Not up for election $282,994
2007 Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Won $1,295,658
2005 Louisiana State House District 74 Not up for election $27,749
2003 Louisiana State House District 74 Won $33,074
1999 Louisiana State House District 74 Won $116,190
Grand Total Raised $2,203,394

2003, 2007, 2011

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Strain and his wife Susan have been married since 1984 and have two children.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Odom (D)
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
Succeeded by