Barras elected new Louisiana House Speaker
Posted on 1/11/2016 11:51:00 AM.
Louisiana's new Speaker of the House is Republican New Iberia Representative Taylor Barras.  Barras defeated Governor John Bel Edwards' candidate New Orleans Democrat Walt Leger in a runoff.  

Barras was nominated for the post by Lafayette Republican Representative Stuart Bishop.
"Taylor brings a strong foundation at issues affecting our legislative body and our municipalities across the great state of Louisiana."

It's reported that Barras was not even considered a candidate for the position until a Republican Party gathering Sunday night.  Barras has served in the state House since 2008.  Bishop says Barras has shown his willingness to work across the aisle in the state House.

"And he is clear about his commitment to work with our new governor to do what's best for the future of Louisiana."

In the initial vote, Barras came in third behind Leger and Republican Cameron Henry of Metairie.  Henry removed his name from consideration, paving the way for a Barras victory.

"Representative Barras received 56 votes, Representative Leger received 49 votes.  Representative Barras is elected as the House Speaker for the Louisiana House of Representatives."

Leger was later elected to serve as Speaker Pro Tem. 
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