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Crafting Laws to Make Better Lives

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Rep. Edward “Ted” James immediately emerged as a leader in the Louisiana Legislature being appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Judiciary Committee, Natural Resources Committee and Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

Rep. James has been twice elected as the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and serves on the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Board of Directors. In 2013, Governor Jindal appointed him to serve on the Louisiana Commission on AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis C.

Rep. James was the recipient of the Louisiana Young Democrats Man of the Year in 2012, Legislative Leadership award from the American Cancer Society (2012) and has continuously been honored for his support of public education by the Louisiana Federal of Teachers and the Louisiana Association of Educators. In 2014, He was awarded the Louisiana AARP Legislator of the Year Award as well as the 2014 Louisiana School Board Association Legislator of the Year Award.

Rep. James is a staunch supporter of public education, healthcare for all citizens, and prides himself on being a voice for the working people of Louisiana. James has co-sponsored legislation with republican colleagues and has a record of bi-partisanship. However, he does not shy away from addressing issues of contention. Rep. James was instrumental in defeating efforts to create an independent school district in Baton Rouge. During the 2014 Regular Session, Rep. James assisted in defeating a bill to revamp the East Baton Rouge School System that was widely opposed by principals, parents and community leaders.

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Legislative Accomplishments

  • (HB 54) Increase Funds for Baton Rouge Sobriety Court—Rehabilitative Program | Link
  • (HB239) Predatory Lending Bill – Rep. James sought to regulate the payday lending companies and protect hardworking LA families from falling into a debt trap. The bill was defeated in the House Commerce Committee.
  • ACT 275 – 2013 Regular Session Parent Trigger Law—with a 50% majority vote, constituents can pull a charter school back into the district | Link
  • Created Crime Prevention Districts in:
  • ACT 501 – 2012 Regular Session Authorizes payroll deductions for certain non-profit organizations or associations | Link
  • Funding secured for more than $700,000 toward BREC and the Recreation & Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge | Link
  • Act 165 – 2-14 Regular Session– Created the Online Account/Social Media Privacy Act | Link
  • 2014 Louisiana AARP Legislator of the Year
  • 2014 Louisiana School Board Association Legislator of the Year

District 101

The 101st House District is new to Baton Rouge, having been added during the recent remap to account for growth in population. The district stretches east from about Airline Highway to North Flannery Road and from Greenwell Street south to South Harrell’s Ferry Road. It includes Merrydale, Monticello, Park Forest, Red Oak, and parts of the Sherwood Forest neighborhoods.