Wesley Bishop

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Wesley Bishop
Wesley Bishop.jpg
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 99
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 4
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $153/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedJanuary 22, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sSouthern University
Master'sUniversity of Mississippi
J.D.Ohio State University
ProfessionUniversity Administrator; Attorney
Office website
Wesley T. Bishop is a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 99. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on January 22, 2011.


Bishop earned his B.S. from Southern University at New Orleans, his M.P.A. from the University of Mississippi and his J.D. from Ohio State University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, university administrator, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNO, and Partner at Spears and Spears Law Firm.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Louisiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs
Joint Legislative Budget


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


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


Campaign themes


On his 2011 special election campaign site, (dead link) Bishop outlined his campaign's theme:

  • "It's no secret that our city is experiencing some tough times. Since 2005, the residents of New Orleans East have waited for the promise of schools, hospitals, restaurants and other basic services. Five years later, we still sit without access to basic services while neighboring areas thrive. Something is not right with this picture... As a 33 year resident of New Orleans East, I am well aware of the problems we continue to face. As someone who has served as an attorney, educator and community leader in both the Spring Lake and Academy Park subdivisions, I am confident that I have the ability and the vision that is needed to bring about the change necessary to move New Orleans and Louisiana forward."


2011 General

See also: Louisiana House of Representatives elections, 2011

On October 22, 2011, Bishop won election to District 61 of the Louisiana House of Representatives. Due to redistricting, Bishop was moved to District 98, where he defeated Samuel Cowart (D) in the October 22 primary election. 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 98 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Bishop Incumbent 81.6% 4,378
     Democratic Samuel Cowart 18.4% 989
Total Votes 5,367

2011 Special

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011; Louisiana state legislative special elections, 2011

Bishop defeated Roland Barthe (D) and Willie Jones (D) in the District 101 special election for the Louisiana House of Representatives.[1][2]

Louisiana House of Representatives Special Election, District 101 (2011)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Wesley Bishop (D) 1,294
Roland Barthe (D) 226
Willie Jones (D) 204

Campaign donors


In 2011, Bishop received $800 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Louisiana House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Wesley Bishop's campaign in 2011
Cowart, Samuel$800
Total Raised in 2011 $800
Total Votes received in 2011 4,378
Cost of each vote received $0.18


Bishop and his wife, Shannon, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charmaine Stiaes (D)
Louisiana House of Representatives District 99
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cedric Richmond (D)
Louisiana House of Representatives District 101
Succeeded by
Edward James