Neil Riser

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Neil Riser
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Louisiana State Senate, District 32
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 limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNortheast Louisiana University, 1984
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Neil Riser is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 32. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

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


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


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


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


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



See also: Louisiana's 5th congressional district special election, 2013

Riser is running for the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana. The election is being 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.[2]


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.”[2] Riser also received endorsements from Reps. Charles Boustany and Steve Scalise.[3][4]

“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."[5]

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.[6][7][8][9]


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.[10]


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.[11]

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

Campaign donors


In 2011, Riser received $113,708 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

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
Total Raised in 2011 $113,708


In 2007, a year in which Riser was up for election, he collected $370,576 in donations.[13]

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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