Ray Garofalo

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Ray Garofalo
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 103
In office
January 9, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLoyola University New Orleans
J.D.Loyola University New Orleans School of Law
ProfessionBusiness owner/Attorney
Office website
Campaign website
Raymond E. "Ray" Garofalo is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 103. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

In the 2014 legislative session, Garofalo and 12 other members of the House formed the Louisiana Legislative Conservative Coalition. The coalition, under the chair of Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R), will attempt to pull the Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation to the right and re-instill conservative principles to the delegation.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Civil Law and Procedure
Natural Resources and Environment


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



See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 19, 2011, Garofalo won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He faced Chad Lauga (D), Cullen Tonry (D) and Michael Bayham (R) in the primary election on October 22, 2011. 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 Garofalo and Lauga.[2] Garofalo defeated Lauga to win the seat.[3]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 103 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRay Garofalo 53.3% 7,153
     Democratic Chad Lauga 46.7% 6,262
Total Votes 13,415
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 103 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRay Garofalo 31.4% 4,249
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChad Lauga 27.4% 3,714
     Republican Michael Bayham 24% 3,255
     Democratic Cullen Tonry 17.2% 2,325
Total Votes 13,543

Campaign donors


In 2011, Garofalo received $264,090 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ray Garofalo's campaign in 2011
Garofalo Jr, Raymond E$185,000
Louisiana Association Of Business & Industry$10,000
Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$10,000
Louisiana Hba Pac$7,500
Associated Builders & Contractors$6,000
Total Raised in 2011 $264,090
Total Votes received in 2011 7,153
Cost of each vote received $36.92

Recall efforts

See also: Ray Garofalo recall, Louisiana House of Representatives (2012)

On June 25, 2012, two St. Bernard Parish teachers filed a recall petition against Garofalo for his support of Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reforms. Garofalo said the move was the act of a special interest group, stating “The overwhelming majority of people in my district were in favor of reforming the education system."[5] In order for a recall election to be scheduled, organizers would have had to collect signatures from one-third of registered voters in the district within 180 days.

In October 2012, the Secretary of State's office said the petition drive failed to collect enough signatures.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Reed Henderson
Louisiana House of Representatives District 103
Succeeded by