|Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry|
|January 14, 2008 - Present|
|Years in position||7|
|Predecessor||Bob Odom (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||October 22, 2011|
|First elected||October 20, 2007|
|Louisiana House of Representatives|
|High school||Covington High School (1977)|
|Bachelor's||Louisiana State University (1981)|
|Other||DVM, Louisiana State University (1983)|
|Place of birth||Covington, Louisiana|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
- DVM, Louisiana State University, School of Veterinary Medicine
- B.S., Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University
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.
Louisiana House of Representatives (2000-2008)
Strain represented District 74 in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008.
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 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.
|Campaign Contributions and Expenditures|
|Candidate||Office||Beginning balance||Contributions||Expenditures||Ending balance|
|Michael Strain||Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture||$3,654.49||$1,200||$2,500||$2,354.49|
|Jamie LaBranche||Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,200|
|Grand Total Spent||$2,500|
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|
|Republican||Mike Strain Incumbent||66.5%||640,886|
Strain was endorsed by the Alliance for Good Government on September 20, 2011.
Strain won election as Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry in 2007. In the October 20 primary, Strain led Republicans with 40.47%, while Democrat Bob Odom had 41.35%. Strain and Odom were headed to a runoff, but before it occurred Odom withdrew, leaving Strain the winner.
2007 Mike Strain campaign ad
|Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestry, blanket primary, 2007|
|Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State|
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.
2003, 2007, 2011
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|Michael Strain's Campaign Contributions|
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture
Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner
Louisiana House of Representatives District 74
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||Unopposed||Unopposed||Unopposed|
|Top 5 contributors||Star Service Inc||$6,250||Michael (Mike) Strain||$517,316||Louisiana Medical Association||$2,500|
|Bobby Jindal Campaign Cmte||$5,000||Gray & Co||$15,000||Jeffery Curtis||$2,000|
|Unified Recovery Group||$5,000||Joseph C. Canizaro||$10,000||Louisiana Home Builders Association||$1,050|
|Manda Packing Co LLC||$5,000||Associated Builders and Contractors||$8,500||Crescent River Port Pilot Association||$1,000|
|New Orleans Cold Storage & Warehouse Co LLC||$5,000||G & H Seed Co Inc||$7,250||J. Caruso Riecke||$1,000|
Strain and his wife Susan have been married since 1984 and have two children.
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- Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry - Commissioner Michael Strain
- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Mike Strain 2007 Campaign website (dead link)
- Campaign contributions: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 1999
- Shreveport Times, "Ag commissioner Mike Strain says he won't run for Louisiana governor," July 1, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Michael G. Strain," accessed May 7, 2011
- The Republic, "Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne backs Mitt Romney in GOP presidential nomination race," March 20, 2012
- The Cypress Times, "LOUISIANA OFFICIALS STRAIN AND SCALISE ENDORSE TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY FOR PRESIDENT," September 1, 2011
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "View Campaign Finance Reports," accessed February 19, 2015
- St. Tammany News, "Alliance endorses in state races," September 23, 2011
- Louisiana State Board of Elections, "October 20, 2007 Election Results," accessed March 19, 2011
- Times-Picayune, "Odom quits race for re-election," October 25, 2007
- Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Michael (Mike) G. Strain," accessed July 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- Mike Strain, "About Mike Strain," accessed October 21, 2011
Bob Odom (D)
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