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John Edwards, Louisiana Representative

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John Edwards
John Bel Edwards.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Louisiana
Current office
Louisiana House of Representatives District 72
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
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 17, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
High schoolAmite High School (1984)
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy (1988)
J.D.Louisiana State University Law School (1999)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Office website
Campaign website
John Edwards campaign logo
John Bel Edwards (b. September 2, 1966) is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 72. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

Edwards is a candidate for Governor of Louisiana in the 2015 elections. He is running to replace Bobby Jindal (R), who is ineligible to run due to term limits.[1]



  • Graduate, Amite High School (1984)
  • B.S. in engineering, United States Military Academy (1988)
  • J.D., Louisiana State University Law School (1999)[2]


Edwards served eight years as an airborne ranger in the U.S. Army following his graduation from the United States Military Academy. He has practiced law in Amite since graduation from law school.[3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Civil Law and Procedure


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


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Edwards served on the following committees:



See also: Louisiana gubernatorial election, 2015

Edwards is running for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term-limited and unable to seek re-election.[4][1]


Edwards earned the endorsement of the Louisiana Democratic Party on March 28, 2015. The party's endorsement was designed to solidify Democratic support behind Edwards six months prior to the filing deadline and seven months prior to the gubernatorial primary.[5]


Hypothetical primary match-ups

Governor of Louisiana
Poll David Vitter (R) John Edwards (D)Jay Dardenne (R)Scott Angelle (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Southern Media & Opinion Research Poll
December 9-11, 2014
Triumph Campaigns
March 5, 2015
AVERAGES 35.65% 29.35% 16.8% 5.05% 13.65% +/--1.2 1,127.5
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January 16 forum

Gubernatorial candidates Scott Angelle (R), Jay Dardenne (R), David Vitter (R) and John Edwards (D) opened Louisiana's election season with a largely congenial forum. All four candidates shared similar thoughts on funding for transportation and the state police along with the legacy of term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). Dardenne criticized the state's approach to new transportation projects as unsustainable and too political. Each candidate agreed that the state police should see decreases in their allotment from the transportation trust fund, which is funded by gas taxes. Vitter, currently a U.S. senator, took the lead on bashing Jindal for questionable budgeting techniques and running for president from the governor's mansion.[6]

The biggest source of disagreement on January 16 was the state's financial support for parish transportation costs. Angelle and Edwards noted that parish governments needed state transportation aid because of their inability to generate enough revenue for local projects. Dardenne argued that current local aid, equaling more than one cent per dollar in gas taxes, needed to be decreased to preserve the state fund.[6]

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 $6,699,634.53 and spent a total of $1,267,092.55 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 19, 2015.[7]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
David Vitter Republican Party Governor of Louisiana $0 $4,107,597.72 $600,212.83 $3,504,174.14
Scott Angelle Republican Party Governor of Louisiana $175,574.96 $1,516,900.82 $232,370.28 $1,431,310.95
Jay Dardenne Republican Party Governor of Louisiana $1,225,114.71 $690,128.62 $326,051.28 $1,549,526.30
John Edwards Democratic Party Governor of Louisiana $474,725.46 $385,007.37 $108,458.16 $745,894.30
Grand Total Raised $6,699,634.53
Grand Total Spent $1,267,092.55


See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On October 22, 2011, Edwards won re-election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated Johnny Duncan (I) 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 72 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Edwards Incumbent 83.1% 9,968
     Independent Johnny Duncan 16.9% 2,032
Total Votes 12,000


In 2007, Edwards was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. He defeated George R. Tucker.[8]

Louisiana House of Representatives General Election, District 72 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Edwards (D) 6,825
George R. Tucker (D) 3,541

Campaign donors


In 2011, Edwards received $174,854 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Edwards, Louisiana Representative's campaign in 2011
Louisiana Democratic Party$20,769
Talbot Carmouche & Marcello$5,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 60$5,000
Armentor, Glenn J$2,500
Nevers Sr, Ben Wayne$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $174,854
Total Votes received in 2011 9,968
Cost of each vote received $17.54


In 2007, a year in which Edwards was up for election, he collected $206,272 in donations.[10]

His four largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
John Edwards $19,000
Raleigh Newman $10,000
Ballard Petroleum $5,000
Louisiana Home Builders Association $3,500


Edwards and his wife, Donna, have three children and currently reside in Roseland.[3]

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