Lenar Whitney

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Lenar Whitney
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Louisiana House of Representatives, District 53
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 4, 2014
First electedNovember 19, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Lenar L. Whitney is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 53. She was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

She was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1][2][3] She did not receive enough votes to participate in the runoff on December 6, 2014.[4]

In the 2014 legislative session, Whitney 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.[5]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Health and Welfare
Labor and Industrial Relations
Ways and Means
Joint Legislative Capital Outlay


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



See also: Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Whitney ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 6th District.[3] Whitney sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The primary takes place on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Bob Bell 2.0% 5,182
     Republican Dan Claitor 10.26% 26,524
     Republican Norm Clark 0.71% 1,848
     Republican Paul Dietzel 13.55% 35,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 27.36% 70,715
     Republican Craig McCulloch 2.25% 5,815
     Republican Trey Thomas 0.56% 1,447
     Republican Lenar Whitney 7.41% 19,151
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin Edwards 30.12% 77,866
     Democratic Richard Lieberman 2.83% 7,309
     Democratic Peter Williams 1.56% 4,037
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig Jr. 1.38% 3,561
Total Votes 258,479
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State


See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 19, 2011, Whitney won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. She faced Theresa Ellender (R) and Billy Hebert (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 Whitney and Hebert.[6] Whitney defeated Hebert to win the seat.[7]

Louisiana House of Representatives District 53 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLenar Whitney 59.2% 3,709
     Republican Billy Hebert 40.8% 2,552
Total Votes 6,261
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 53 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLenar Whitney 40.2% 3,752
     Republican Billy Hebert 31.2% 2,908
     Republican Theresa Ellender 28.6% 2,663
Total Votes 9,323

Campaign donors


In 2011, Whitney received $106,210 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Lenar Whitney's campaign in 2011
Louisiana Association Of Business & Industry$10,000
Whitney, Lenar L$5,450
Bobby Jindal Campaign Cmte$5,000
Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Cmte Of Louisiana$5,000
Presidential Coalition Llc$3,000
Total Raised in 2011 $106,210
Total Votes received in 2011 3,709
Cost of each vote received $28.64

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Preceded by
Damon Baldone
Louisiana House of Representatives District 53
Succeeded by