Charles Kleckley recall, Louisiana House of Representatives (2012)
In March 2012, recall organizers started circulating petitions to recall Kleckley from office. The efforts began largely as a result of public education reforms backed by Kleckley and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). Organizers had to collect signatures equal to one-third of the registered voters of Kleckley's district, which comes out to roughly 9,000, by September 19.
The recall drive was led by a group of Calcasieu teachers, with Brenda Romero acting as chairwoman. They said Kleckley and other supporters of the reforms did not listen to teachers or take adequate time to consider the bills.
In response, Kleckley stated, "I think at the end of the day, my district will measure me on the success of my 12 years as a public servant. What I have done, what I have accomplished over those 12 years and then they'll also consider what I can accomplish over the next four years as speaker of the house."
The recall effort failed to collect enough signatures by the September 18 deadline and the signatures that were collected were never turned in.
- Times Picayune, "Public school teachers fall short in efforts to recall Jindal, Kleckley," September 20, 2012
- American Press, "Leaders call Kleckley recall push a 'grass-roots effort'," June 15, 2012
- The Advocate, "Recall effort focusing on House Speaker," April 4, 2012
- KPLC, "Speaker Kleckley responds to teacher recall efforts," April 15, 2012