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Stephen Ortego

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Stephen Ortego
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 39
In office
January 9, 2012-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTulane University
Master'sTulane University
Place of birthOpelousas, Louisiana
ProfessionCo-founder, EcoLafayette
Office website
Campaign website
Stephen J. Ortego is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Committee assignments


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



See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 19, 2011, Ortego won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He faced Don Menard (R) and James Arnaud (No Party) 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 Ortego and Menard.[1] Ortego defeated Menard to win the seat.[2]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Ortego 55% 4,457
     Republican Don Menard 45% 3,651
Total Votes 8,108
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 39 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Menard 44.4% 4,555
     Democratic Stephen Ortego 35% 3,590
     Independent James Arnaud 20.5% 2,103
Total Votes 10,248

Campaign donors


In 2011, Ortego received $160,096 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

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Preceded by
Bobby Badon
Louisiana House of Representatives District 39
Succeeded by