Louisiana’s legendary Senate president exiting Legislature

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Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, speaks about the state’s budget during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte) (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

After 48 years in the Louisiana State Legislature, Senate President John A. Alario, Jr. has decided not to seek election for his corresponding House of Representatives District, District 83.

President Alario was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1972. Since then, he has served twice as both the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate, making him the only legislator in Louisiana and the fourth in the nation to do so.

With decades of service and leadership behind him, President Alario says that he is ready to hang up his legislative hat to spend more time with his family and in his community.

“After many months of thoughtful deliberation, I have decided not to run for the House District 83 seat in the upcoming election. This decision is not one I make lightly but it is what I believe to be best for my family. They have always been my biggest supporters and I am looking forward to spending more time with them at home and in the community. I’d like to extend deep appreciation to my devoted neighbors and countless dedicated friends for their unwavering support. I want to thank my colleagues for their friendship, guidance, and commitment to this state. My career at the legislature was filled with triumphs and challenges and I will forever cherish every memory we made along the way. And to the citizens of Senate District 8, I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Representing you has been one of the greatest privileges of my life and I will always be honored that you chose me and trusted me to serve as the voice of our people in Baton Rouge.”

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