The well-reported decline in female legislators could give a strong advantage to those who remain when it comes to committee assignments. For all their talk of inclusion, Jindal and his leadership can hardly turn the chairmanships into a boys’ club.
So there will be opportunities for women, but which ones? About the best-positioned is popular and respected Rep. Simone Champagne, R-Jeanerette, one of only two returning GOP women in the House. The other is Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, who may have hurt her prospects by staying long with Robideaux.