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John Edwards
John Bel Edwards.jpg
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; $149/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedNovember 17, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy
J.D.Louisiana State University Law School
Office website
John Edwards (b. September 2, 1966) is the Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 72. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Edwards earned his B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and his J.D. from Louisiana State University Law School. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


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


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



Edwards said he intends to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term limited and cannot seek re-election.[1]


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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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 is a member of the Capital Region Legislative Delegation, Democratic Caucus, and the Louisiana Rural Caucus.[5]

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