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John Alario
John Alario
President of the Louisiana Senate

January 9, 2012 - January 13, 2020
Joel Chaisson
Page Cortez
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 8th district

January 14, 2008 - January 13, 2020
Chris Ullo
Patrick Connick
Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives

January 1992 - January 1996
Jimmy Dimos
Hunt Downer

January 1984 - January 1988
John Hainkel
Jimmy Dimos
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 83rd district

January 1972 - January 14, 2008
Robert Billiot
Personal details
Born (1943-09-15) September 15, 1943 (age 77)
Political partyDemocratic (Before 2010)
Republican (2010-present)
Spouse(s)Ree Williamson (Deceased 2006)
Children4
EducationSoutheastern Louisiana University (BA)

John A. Alario, Jr. is an American politician from Louisiana who represented the 8th district in the Louisiana State Senate from 2008 until 2020. Currently a Republican, Alario previously represented District 83 in the Louisiana House of Representatives as a Democrat between 1971 and 2007.[1][2] Alario was term-limited from the Senate in 2019, and chose not to seek another office.[3]

Alario was the President of the Louisiana State Senate, serving in that role between 2012 and 2020; he is also a former two-term Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is the first politician in Louisiana history to hold both roles for two terms each, as well as the longest-serving legislator in state history.[4]

Early career

A graduate of West Jefferson High School and Southeastern Louisiana University, Alario worked as a teacher and accountant prior to entering politics. He has been the owner of John A. Alario, Jr. Tax Income Service since 1972.[1]

Electoral history

Louisiana House of Representatives

Alario was first elected as a Democrat to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1971, representing the 83rd district in suburban Jefferson Parish.

Speaker of the House

In 1984, Alario was chosen to be Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives under Governor Edwin Edwards. He lost that title under Governor Buddy Roemer in 1988, but won it back in 1992 to serve another 4-year term.[5]

Louisiana State Senate

Alario was elected in 2007 to the 6th district in the Louisiana State Senate, defeating Democratic opponent John Roberts 63-37%. In 2010, Alario switched to the Republican Party due to the national direction of the Democratic Party and the increasingly-Republican politics of Louisiana.[6]

Alario was re-elected unopposed in 2011 and 2015. He was term-limited in 2019. Though there was speculation that he would run for his former House of Representatives seat, Alario declined and chose to retire from politics.[3]

Senate President

Alario was chosen as President of the Louisiana State Senate under Governor Bobby Jindal in 2011, and served a second term under Governor John Bel Edwards. He is the second Republican Senate President since Reconstruction.

Personal life

Alario's wife, Alba "Ree" Williamson Alario, died in 2006. The couple had four children - Jan Marie, John, Christopher, and Kevin - and seven grandchildren.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b "Senator John A. Alario, Jr". Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "John Alario". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ a b Staff Report (25 July 2019). "John Alario won't run for House seat, marking end to 48-year era in Louisiana Legislature". The Advocate. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Tyler Bridges (6 July 2019). "John Alario, master of Louisiana Senate, is term-limited. Will he retire or run for old House seat?". The Advocate. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Julia O'Donoghue (24 April 2019). "Sen. John Alario: Louisiana's most powerful legislator". Nola.com. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Jan Moller (24 April 2019). "State Sen. John Alario switches to GOP". Nola.com. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "Alba Williamson "Ree" Alario Obituary". Nola.com. Retrieved 2019.

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