Rick Ward III

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Rick Ward, III
Rick Ward III.jpg
Louisiana State Senate, District 17
In office
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 limits3 terms (12 years)
Office website
Rick Ward is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Party switch

In July 2013, Ward switched from the Democratic Party, saying, "I’ve been in the Legislature now for two years and really the road the Democratic Party is going is not an area I feel comfortable with."[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Natural Resources, Vice Chair
Judiciary A


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



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Louisiana, 2014

Ward was a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections in the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana.[2] Ward ended his campaign on August 21, 2013, saying the decision was based on a wish to remain local during his children's "formative years."[3]

"While considering the amount of time I will spend campaigning for Congress over the next year and serving in Congress afterwards, it has become very apparent to me that the hours and days away from my family will be extraordinary," Ward said in a statement on August 21, 2013. "I strongly believe I need to spend as much time with (my children) as possible during their formative years. For this reason, I will not be a candidate for Congress," he added.[3]


See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Ward ran in the 2011 election for Louisiana Senate District 17. He defeated Larry Thomas (D) 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, if no candidate reaches this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[4]

Louisiana State Senate District 17 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRick Ward, III 70% 25,645
     Democratic Larry Thomas 30% 11,000
Total Votes 36,645

Campaign donors


In 2011, Ward received $151,410 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rick Ward III's campaign in 2011
Alario PAC$2,500
Reliable Production Service Inc$2,500
Cunard, Rebecca$2,500
Joseph Kent Farms LLC$2,500
Bobby Jindal Campaign Cimmittee LLC$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $151,410
Total Votes received in 2011 25,645
Cost of each vote received $5.9

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Marionneaux
Louisiana State Senate District 17
Succeeded by