BREAKING: John Schroder Resigns From The State Legislature

He’s all in the state treasurer’s race.

Here’s the press release:

District 77 State Representative John Schroder (R-Covington) announced his resignation tonight to a group of family, friends and supporters. Schroder cited  his desire to fully dedicate his time to his campaign to become Treasurer of Louisiana in the October 14 special election. Schroder plans on addressing his colleagues in the House Tuesday morning. 

“I am ‘all in’ for the people of this great state and am fully committed to running for Treasurer of all the people of Louisiana,” Schroder said. “I hope I am able to look back at my time here and say that I chose the needs of the people of this state and my district over the wants of special interests and politics,” Schroder stated. “To say that I stood up for the taxpayers with political courage and did not waiver.”

Schroder, a native of New Orleans and resident of Covington, was elected in 2007 and is serving his final term as a State Representative. Schroder served as a Criminal Investigative Division Special Agent in the U.S. Army and as a narcotics agent in the Ascension Parish Sheriff Department. He sits on the House Appropriations Committee and was a co-founder of the House Fiscal Budget Hawks. He is a small businessman, real estate agent, and developer.

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The political calculation is that the race for Schroder’s replacement in the legislature would be held the same day as the state treasurer’s race. The combination of both races would in theory spike turnout in St. Tammany Parish, which must happen if Schroder has any chance of making the runoff.

Schroder’s camp must also feel good about their chances of making the runoff if he’s resigning. They must feel they have a leg up on Neil Riser for the conservative vote in order to make this risky move.

Either way, the race for treasurer just got more exciting.

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