|Louisiana House Of Representatives District 49|
|January 11, 2016|
|Years in position||5|
|Per diem||$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 19, 2011|
|First elected||November 17, 2007|
|Next election||November 3, 2015|
|Term limits||3 terms (12 years)|
In 2010, Champagne switched parties from Democrat to Republican. According to Champagne, "I have concluded after much discussion and prayer that I can no longer affiliate myself with a party that does not reflect my core values and beliefs. ... I must align myself with the party that most closely represents my vision for the 49th (House) District and the future of this great state."
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Champagne served on the following committees:
- Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development
- Joint Legislative Budget Committee
- House Committee on Homeland Security
- Joint Committee on Homeland Security
- Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Champagne served on the following committees:
- Subcommittee on General Government Committee, Louisiana House of Representatives
- Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Louisiana State Legislature
- Capital Outlay
- Natural Resources and Environment Committee, Louisiana House of Representatives
- Joint Legislative Budget Committee
- Natural Resources and Environment
- Subcommittee on General Government
On her campaign site, Champagne emphasized several key policy positions and campaign themes:
- Rebuilding: "Rebuilding Delcambre, Erath, Henry, Lydia, Rynella and all rural areas of Iberia and Vermilion Parishes affected by Hurricane Rita, to restore their quality of life but also give their communities safer, sustainable futures...Maintain and support our sugar industry."
- Development: "Support expansion projects at the Port of Iberia and Twin Parish Port furnishing job opportunities and coastal protection...The development of Eagle Point Park which will help sustain the economy and spark growth throughout the area."
- Infrastructure: "Support infrastructure needs at Acadiana Regional Airport which will furnish economic growth not only in the District but the entire area...Continue the effort of 4-laning Canal Street in Jeanerette...Widening of LA 675 for safety and aiding in the evacuation efforts of the district."
- Support Local Industry: "Maintain and support our sugar industry...Protect our salt domes and the people who live around them...Support and protect our fisheries, culture, recreation and tourism."
- Legislative Agenda: "On the state level, address roads, insurance, health care, education, and coastal restoration...Support strong statewide Ethics Reform."
On October 22, 2011, Champagne won re-election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. She defeated John Bering (R) and Larry Rader (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.
|Louisiana House of Representatives, District 49 Blanket Primary, 2011|
|Republican||Simone Champagne Incumbent||69.5%||7,028|
Champagne was defeated by Fred Mills, Jr. in the District 22 special election for the Louisiana State Senate. The special election primary took place on January 22. All candidates, regardless of affiliation, appeared on the ballot. Since Mills received more than 50% of the votes, the election did not proceed to a run-off.
|Louisiana State Senate District 22 Special Election (2011)|
|Fred Mills, Jr. (R)||12,812|
|Simone B. Champagne (R)||4,040|
|David Groner (I)||2,534|
|Armond Schwing (R)||1,644|
|Ruben LeBlanc (I)||208|
|Ken Squires (R)||172|
|Louisiana House of Representatives General Election, District 49 (2007)|
|Simone Champange (D)||N/A|
In 2011, Champagne received $123,611 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Simone Champagne's campaign in 2011|
|Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana||$10,000|
|Louisiana Manufacturers Association||$4,000|
|Grigsby, Todd W||$2,500|
|St Mary Sugar Co-Operative Inc||$2,500|
|Graugnard, Milton G||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2011||$123,611|
|Total Votes received in 2011||7,028|
|Cost of each vote received||$17.59|
In 2007, a year in which Champange was up for election, she collected $58,871 in donations.
Her four largest contributors in 2007 were:
|Gary & Simone Champagne||$2,500|
|Royal Engineers & Consultants||$1,500|
Champagne is a member of the Acadiana Delegation, Democratic Caucus, and Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus, and is Vice Chair of the Louisiana Rural Caucus.
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- Official campaign website
- Rep. Champagne's website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2009, 2007
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Champagne joins Republicans
- ↑ The Advertiser, "Mills Wins State Senate Seat In Special Election, Avoids Runoff" Janurary 22, 2011
- ↑ Louisiana Secretary of State, "Candidate Information"
- ↑ Official Louisiana House 2007 General Election Results
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- ↑ Follow the Money Campaign Contributions, 2007
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Champagne
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