The Money-Committee Assignments Are Out In The Louisiana House

Here was a press release from Clay Schexnayder, the Louisiana House Speaker, yesterday on the “money” committees, namely Appropriations and Ways and Means…

Today, Louisiana Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder announced committee assignments for House Appropriations and Ways and Means committees.

“I’m excited to announce the makeup of the two major financial house committees today”, said Speaker Schexnayder. “The decision making process for each committee has been deliberate and I believe you will see a reflection of both the body and the core conservative principals which guides it.”

Speaker Schexnayder is expected to announce remaining committee assignments in the coming days.

House Appropriations Committee:

Jerome “Zee” Zeringue, Chairman (R)
Gary Carter, Vice Chairman (D)
Roy Daryl Adams (I)
Tony Bacala (R)
Barbara Carpenter (D)
R. Dewith Carrier (R)
Dustin Miller (D)
Raymond J. Crews (R)
Daryl Andrew Deshotel (R)
Mary DuBuisson (R)
Rick Edmonds (R)
Aimee Adatto Freeman (D)
Lance Harris (R)
John R. Illg Jr. (R)
Frederick Douglass Jones (D)
Timothy Kerner (R)
Rodney Lyons (D)
Tanner Magee (R)
C. Denise Marcelle (D)
Jack McFarland (R)
Blake Miguez (R)
Troy D.Romero (R)
Francis C. Thompson (D)
Christopher Turner (R)
William “Bill” Wheat Jr. (R)

House Ways And Means Committee:

Stuart J. Bishop, Chairman (R)
John M. Stefanski, Vice Chairman (R)
Gerald “Beau” Alphonse Beaullieu IV (R)
Ryan Bourriaque (R)
Marcus Anthony Bryant (D)
Rhonda Gaye Butler (R)
Phillip DeVillier (R)
Leslie “Les” Farnum (R)
Jason Hughes (D)
Barry Ivey (R)
Melinda White (D)
Jeremy LaCombe (R)
Wayne McMahen (R)
Buddy Mincey Jr. (R)
Richard James Nelson (R)
Tammy T. Phelps (D)
Neil Riser (R)
Matthew Willard (D)

So Appropriations is 16 Republicans, eight Democrats and one independent, while Ways and Means is 13 Republicans and five Democrats.

Zeringue as chair of Appropriations can be seen as an indication of how much sway Speaker Pro Tem Tanner Magee holds, as the two are allies and both come from the Houma area. There had been some discussion that Schexnayder actually wanted Rep. Jack McFarland, who was a supporter of

We’ve heard some grumbling that there aren’t enough conservatives on the money committees. That’s probably a nit-picky complaint, though it is a bit disappointing that Rep. Beryl Amedee was left off Appropriations. Beryl is one of the people who will actually dig into the muck of the state budget and ask the tough questions, and it’s an oversight not to put her on the committee.

Nevertheless, it would be fairly difficult for an overly-bloated budget to make it out of that Appropriations Committee as currently constructed, and almost impossible for tax increases to come out of that Ways and Means Committee. There isn’t much reason for anyone on the Right to complain about these assignments, on the whole.

We had heard the rest of the committees would be announced today, but we aren’t really expecting that.



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