Jeffrey M. Landry (R-La.)

U.S. Representative (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

A candidate with little political experience, Louisiana native Landry first ran a failed campaign for state Senate in 2007. In 2010, he succeeded in replacing Rep. Charlie Melancon (D), who ran for Senate, in the conservative 3rd district in a good year for Republicans.

Landry's work history includes time spent in law enforcement. His 2010 House campaign was supported and endorsed by the Tea Party, but was also marred by controversy, including Landry's claim that he was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, though he only trained for deployment with the Louisiana National Guard and never served overseas.

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At a Glance

  • Career History: sheriff's deputy, police officer
  • Birthday: December 23, 1970
  • Hometown: St. Martinville, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: University of Louisiana, B.S.; Loyola University New Orleans, J.D.
  • Spouse: Sharon LeBlanc Landry
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Committees: House Natural Resources Committee , Congress , House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee , House Small Business Committee
  • DC Office: 206 Cannon HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-4031Fax: (202) 226-3944

Path To Power

A southern Louisiana native, Landry has a lengthy if non-specific resume of civic duty and community engagement, but no previous political experience. A former sherriff's deputy and police officer, he also served 11 years in the Louisiana National Guard. He holds a law degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and has also practiced as an attorney.

Landry first ran for state Senate in 2007, losing narrowly to a Democrat who later declared himself an independent.

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The Issues

Landry is a social conservative who is against abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

An avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, Landry is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assocation and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. He believes in "conservation, not big government environmentalism."

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The Network

During his 2010 House campaign, Landry didn't capture many high-profile endorsements, but received backing from the Louisiana tea party, Catholic Families USA and the Family Research Council PAC.

The 2010 Landry campaign also received funding from Rep. Eric Cantor's (R-Vir.) political action committee and drawn out-of-state politicians to campaign on Landry's behalf, including Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

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