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|Name = Neil Riser
 
|Name = Neil Riser
 
|Profile picture = Neil Riser.jpg
 
|Profile picture = Neil Riser.jpg
|Position = Louisiana State Senate District 32
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|Position = Louisiana State Senate, District 32
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Tenure = 2008-Present
 
|Tenure = 2008-Present
|Term ends = January 9, 2012
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|Term ends = January 11, 2016
 
|Assumed office = 2008
 
|Assumed office = 2008
|Political party = Republican
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|Base salary = $16,800
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|Base salary = $16,800/year
|Per diem = $152/day
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|Per diem = $6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem
 
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|Last election = [[Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011|November 19, 2011]]
 
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|First elected = [[Louisiana State Senate elections, 2007|November 17, 2007]]
 
|First elected = [[Louisiana State Senate elections, 2007|November 17, 2007]]
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011|November 19, 2011]]
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|Next election = [[Louisiana State Senate elections, 2015|November 3, 2015]]
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Neil Riser''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Louisiana State Senate]], representing District 32.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Neil Riser''' is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Louisiana State Senate]], representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.  
  
==Education==
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He was a 2013 [[Republican]] candidate seeking election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives|U.S. House]] representing [[Special elections to the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014)|the 1st Congressional District]] of [[Louisiana]].<ref name="nola"/>
  
Riser earned his BA in Business Management from Northeast Louisiana University in 1984.
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He defeated [[Tom Gibbs]], [[Peter Williams]], [[Eliot Barron]], [[S.B.A. Zaitoon]], [[Henry Herford, Jr.]], [[Weldon Russell]], [[Jamie Mayo]], [[Robert Johnson]], [[Marcus Hunter]], [[Phillip Weatherly]] and [[Clyde Holloway]] in the open primary on October 19. He then advanced to the runoff election on November 16, 2013, where he was defeated by [[Vance McAllister]] (R).<ref>[http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/11162013/11162013_Congressional.html ''Louisiana Secretary of State,'' "November 16, 2013, Election Results," accessed November 16, 2013]</ref><ref name="results">[http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/10192013/10192013_Congressional.html ''Louisiana Secretary of State,'' "U. S. Representative -- 5th Congressional District," accessed October 19, 2013]</ref>
  
==Professional experience==
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==Biography==
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Riser earned his B.A. in Business Management from Northeast Louisiana University in 1984. His professional experience includes working as the President/Owner of Riser Funeral Home, President of Pelican State Life Insurance Company, and Board Member of Caldwell Bank and Trust Company.
  
Riser is President/Owner of Riser Funeral Home.  He is also President of Pelican State Life Insurance Company and Board Member of Caldwell Bank and Trust Company.
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==Committee assignments==
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===2012-2013===
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In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Riser served on the following committees:
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* [[Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development]]
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* [[Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Labor & Industrial Relations]]
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* [[Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Revenue & Fiscal Affairs]], ''Chairman
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* [[Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Senate & Governmental Affairs]]
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* [[Joint Legislative Budget Committee, Louisiana State Legislature|Joint Legislative Budget]]
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* [[Joint Legislative Capital Outlay Committee, Louisiana State Legislature|Joint Legislative Capital Outlay]]
  
==Political experience==
 
 
Riser joined the Louisiana State Senate in 2008.  He has served in that position since, representing the 32nd district.
 
 
==Committee assignments==
 
 
===2010-2011===
 
===2010-2011===
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Riser has been appointed to the following committees:
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In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Riser served on the following committees:
* [[Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Louisiana State Senate]]
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* [[Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development]]
 
*[[Joint Legislative Capital Outlay Committee, Louisiana State Legislature|Capital Outlay]]
 
*[[Joint Legislative Capital Outlay Committee, Louisiana State Legislature|Capital Outlay]]
* [[Insurance Committee, Louisiana State Senate]]
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* [[Insurance Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Insurance]]
* [[Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Louisiana State Senate]], Chair
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* [[Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Labor & Industrial Relations]], Chair
* [[Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Louisiana State Senate]]
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* [[Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Revenue & Fiscal Affairs]]
  
 
===2008-2009===
 
===2008-2009===
 
In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Riser served on the following committees:
 
In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Riser served on the following committees:
  
* [[Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Louisiana State Senate]]
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* [[Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development]]
* [[Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Louisiana State Senate]]
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* [[Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Labor & Industrial Relations]]
* [[Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Louisiana State Senate]]
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* [[Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee, Louisiana State Senate|Revenue & Fiscal Affairs]]
  
==Personal==
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==Elections==
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===2013===
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::''See also: [[Louisiana's 5th Congressional District special election, 2013]]''
  
Riser and his wife, Vicki, have two children.
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Riser ran for the [[U.S. House of Representatives|U.S. House]] representing [[Louisiana's 5th Congressional District|the 5th Congressional District]] of [[Louisiana]]. The election was held to replace [[Rodney Alexander]], who announced his resignation in order to take a position as the next Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs at the end of September 2013.<ref name="nola">[http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/rodney_alexander_to_join_jinda.html ''Nola.com,'' "Rodney Alexander to join Jindal administration, departure from Congress will trigger special election," accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
  
==Elections==
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Sources say that Riser had notice that [[Rodney Alexander|Alexander]] was contemplating retirement, and had been making phone calls to potential supporters and other potential candidates for several months prior to the announcement.<ref name="fleming">[http://atr.rollcall.com/louisiana-congressman-to-endorse-candidate-for-alexanders-seat/ ''Roll Call,'' "Louisiana Congressman to Endorse Candidate for Alexander’s Seat #LA05," Accessed August 8, 2013]</ref>
===2007===
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He defeated [[Tom Gibbs]], [[Peter Williams]], [[Eliot Barron]], [[S.B.A. Zaitoon]], [[Henry Herford, Jr.]], [[Weldon Russell]], [[Jamie Mayo]], [[Robert Johnson]], [[Marcus Hunter]], [[Phillip Weatherly]] and [[Clyde Holloway]] in the open primary on October 19. He advanced to the runoff election on November 16, 2013, where he was defeated by [[Vance McAllister]] (R).<ref>[http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/11162013/11162013_Congressional.html ''Louisiana Secretary of State,'' "November 16, 2013, Election Results," accessed November 16, 2013]</ref><ref name="results"/>
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====Endorsements====
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Less than 24 hours after the announcement from [[Rodney Alexander|Alexander]] that he would be retiring, [[U.S. House|Rep.]] [[John Fleming]] announced his support for Riser. “I’m going to support him,” Fleming said. “He’s got a strong conservative voting record.”<ref name="fleming"/> Riser also received endorsements from [[U.S. House|Reps.]] [[Charles Boustany]] and [[Steve Scalise]].<ref>[http://www.ktbs.com/story/23086034/boustany-endorses-state-senator-for-5th-district ''KTBS,'' "Congressmen endorse Sen. Riser for 5th District," accessed August 9, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/boustany_fleming_endorse_sen_r.html ''Nola.com,'' "Boustany, Fleming endorse Sen. Riser for Louisiana's 5th District," accessed August 9, 2013]</ref>
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“I served with Neil in the [[Louisiana State Legislature|state legislature]] and have admired his strong leadership when it comes to defending [[Louisiana]]’s conservative values, protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, cutting wasteful spending and working to strengthen our economy,” Scalise said in a statement on August 9, 2013. “I am confident Neil will bring those strong values and work ethic to Washington, and make an excellent [[Congress|congressman]] for [[Louisiana's 5th Congressional District|Louisiana’s Fifth District]]. I am proud to endorse Neil Riser for [[Congress]], and am asking all of my friends in the [[Louisiana's 5th Congressional District|Fifth District]] to consider supporting him as well."<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/third-congressman-backs-republican-in-louisiana-special-election/ ''Roll Call,'' "Third Congressman Backs Republican in Louisiana Special Election #LA05," accessed August 12, 2013]</ref>
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Riser also received endorsements from outgoing incumbent [[Rodney Alexander]] (R), [[U.S. House|House]] majority leader [[Eric Cantor]] (R) and [[Louisiana State Senate|state senator]] [[Mike Walsworth]] (R) in August 2013.<ref>[http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/e4050bcab83f4c81a54a1055ec7bb34b/LA--Congress-5th-District ''The Republic,'' "US Rep. Rodney Alexander to back Riser's bid to fill the congressional seat he's leaving," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20130813/NEWS01/308130029/Morris-Jindal-Alexander-conspired-to-rig-election ''The News Star,'' "Morris: Jindal, Alexander conspired 'to rig' election," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/eric-cantor-backs-candidate-in-louisiana-house-special/ ''Roll Call,'' "Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/politicians-position-to-succeed-alexander-the-field/ ''Roll Call,'' "Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref>
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===2011===
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::''See also: [[Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011]]''
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Riser ran for re-election in 2011. He was unopposed 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. 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.<ref>[http://staticresults.sos.la.gov/10222011/10222011_Legislative.html ''Louisiana Secretary of State'' "Unofficial Election Results," October 22, 2011]</ref>
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===2007===
 
In 2007 Riser was elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 32. Riser (R) finished with 15,622 votes while his opponent Bryant Hammett (D) finished with 12,817 votes.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=LA&y=2007 Louisiana State Senate election results]</ref>  
 
In 2007 Riser was elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 32. Riser (R) finished with 15,622 votes while his opponent Bryant Hammett (D) finished with 12,817 votes.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_election_results.phtml?s=LA&y=2007 Louisiana State Senate election results]</ref>  
  
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===2011===
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In 2011, Riser received $113,708 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=LA&y=2011&f=S&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 113708
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|org1 = Carroll, Linus & Gail
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|org2 = Caldwell Bank & Trust
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|org3 = Bepco L P
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|org4 = Louisiana Safety Association Of Timberman
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|org5 = Centurylink
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|orgdonor1 = 4,000
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|orgdonor2 = 2,500
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|orgdonor3 = 2,500
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|orgdonor4 = 2,500
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|orgdonor5 = 2,500
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|}}
  
 
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==Recent news==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Riser/ Official Louisiana State Senate website]
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*[http://senate.legis.state.la.us/Riser/ Sen. Riser's website]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=93593 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=93593 Project Vote Smart legislative profile]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=93593 Project Vote Smart biography]
 
*[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=93593 Project Vote Smart biography]
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Revision as of 20:09, 17 December 2013

Neil Riser
Neil Riser.jpg
Louisiana State Senate, District 32
Incumbent
In office
2008-Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
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 limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNortheast Louisiana University, 1984
Personal
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Neil Riser is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

He was a 2013 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Louisiana.[1]

He defeated Tom Gibbs, Peter Williams, Eliot Barron, S.B.A. Zaitoon, Henry Herford, Jr., Weldon Russell, Jamie Mayo, Robert Johnson, Marcus Hunter, Phillip Weatherly and Clyde Holloway in the open primary on October 19. He then advanced to the runoff election on November 16, 2013, where he was defeated by Vance McAllister (R).[2][3]

Biography

Riser earned his B.A. in Business Management from Northeast Louisiana University in 1984. His professional experience includes working as the President/Owner of Riser Funeral Home, President of Pelican State Life Insurance Company, and Board Member of Caldwell Bank and Trust Company.

Committee assignments

2012-2013

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

2010-2011

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

2008-2009

In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Riser served on the following committees:

Elections

2013

See also: Louisiana's 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Riser ran for the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana. The election was held to replace Rodney Alexander, who announced his resignation in order to take a position as the next Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs at the end of September 2013.[1]

Sources say that Riser had notice that Alexander was contemplating retirement, and had been making phone calls to potential supporters and other potential candidates for several months prior to the announcement.[4]

He defeated Tom Gibbs, Peter Williams, Eliot Barron, S.B.A. Zaitoon, Henry Herford, Jr., Weldon Russell, Jamie Mayo, Robert Johnson, Marcus Hunter, Phillip Weatherly and Clyde Holloway in the open primary on October 19. He advanced to the runoff election on November 16, 2013, where he was defeated by Vance McAllister (R).[5][3]

U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Runoff General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 59.6% 54,450
     Republican Neil Riser 40.4% 36,840
Total Votes 91,290
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State, "11/16/2013 Special Election Results,"
U.S. House, Louisiana District 5 Special Election Open Primary, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngNeil Riser 32% 33,045
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVance McAllister 17.8% 18,386
     Republican Clyde Holloway 10.9% 11,250
     Republican Phillip "Blake" Weatherly 0.5% 517
     Republican Jay Morris 6.9% 7,083
     Democratic Marcus Hunter 3% 3,088
     Democratic Robert Johnson 9.6% 9,971
     Democratic Jamie Mayo 14.8% 15,317
     Democratic Weldon Russell 2.5% 2,554
     Libertarian Henry Herford, Jr. 0.9% 886
     Libertarian S.B.A. Zaitoon 0.1% 129
     Green Eliot Barron 0.5% 492
     Independent Tom Gibbs 0.3% 324
     Independent Peter Williams 0.3% 335
Total Votes 103,377
Source: Official results via Louisiana Secretary of State

Endorsements

Less than 24 hours after the announcement from Alexander that he would be retiring, Rep. John Fleming announced his support for Riser. “I’m going to support him,” Fleming said. “He’s got a strong conservative voting record.”[4] Riser also received endorsements from Reps. Charles Boustany and Steve Scalise.[6][7]

“I served with Neil in the state legislature and have admired his strong leadership when it comes to defending Louisiana’s conservative values, protecting our 2nd Amendment rights, cutting wasteful spending and working to strengthen our economy,” Scalise said in a statement on August 9, 2013. “I am confident Neil will bring those strong values and work ethic to Washington, and make an excellent congressman for Louisiana’s Fifth District. I am proud to endorse Neil Riser for Congress, and am asking all of my friends in the Fifth District to consider supporting him as well."[8]

Riser also received endorsements from outgoing incumbent Rodney Alexander (R), House majority leader Eric Cantor (R) and state senator Mike Walsworth (R) in August 2013.[9][10][11][12]

2011

See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Riser ran for re-election in 2011. He was unopposed 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. 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.[13]

2007

In 2007 Riser was elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 32. Riser (R) finished with 15,622 votes while his opponent Bryant Hammett (D) finished with 12,817 votes.[14]

Louisiana State Senate District 32
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Neil Riser (R) 15,622
Bryant Hammett (D) 12,817

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Riser received $113,708 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[15]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Neil Riser's campaign in 2011
Carroll, Linus & Gail$4,000
Caldwell Bank & Trust$2,500
Bepco L P$2,500
Louisiana Safety Association Of Timberman$2,500
Centurylink$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $113,708

2007

In 2007, a year in which Riser was up for election, he collected $370,576 in donations.[16]

His five largest contributors in 2007 were:

Donor Amount
Louisiana Republican Party $44,461
Louisiana Association of Business and Industry $28,031
Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation Campaign Committee $20,000
Vicki S Riser $13,000
Louisiana Restaurant Association $8,000

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nola.com, "Rodney Alexander to join Jindal administration, departure from Congress will trigger special election," accessed August 8, 2013
  2. Louisiana Secretary of State, "November 16, 2013, Election Results," accessed November 16, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "U. S. Representative -- 5th Congressional District," accessed October 19, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Roll Call, "Louisiana Congressman to Endorse Candidate for Alexander’s Seat #LA05," Accessed August 8, 2013
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, "November 16, 2013, Election Results," accessed November 16, 2013
  6. KTBS, "Congressmen endorse Sen. Riser for 5th District," accessed August 9, 2013
  7. Nola.com, "Boustany, Fleming endorse Sen. Riser for Louisiana's 5th District," accessed August 9, 2013
  8. Roll Call, "Third Congressman Backs Republican in Louisiana Special Election #LA05," accessed August 12, 2013
  9. The Republic, "US Rep. Rodney Alexander to back Riser's bid to fill the congressional seat he's leaving," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. The News Star, "Morris: Jindal, Alexander conspired 'to rig' election," accessed August 22, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Eric Cantor Backs Candidate in Louisiana House Special | #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "Candidates Line Up for New Special Election | The Field #LA05," accessed August 22, 2013
  13. Louisiana Secretary of State "Unofficial Election Results," October 22, 2011
  14. Louisiana State Senate election results
  15. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  16. Follow the Money, "Campaign Contributions, 2007," accessed August 24, 2011
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