Coastal protection and restoration advocate Jerome “Zee” Zeringue announced Tuesday he’ll run for the Houma area Louisiana House seat being vacated by Rep. Gordon Dove.

Dove, a Republican from Houma, cannot run for re-election to the District 52 seat because of term limits.

House District 52 encompasses parts of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parish.

Zeringue, a Republican, recently served as executive director of Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA. He spent ten years as executive director of the Terrebonne Levee and Conservation.

Zeringue graduated from Thibodaux High School and worked his way through college. Most of that time was spent working within the chamber of the House of Representatives, in the House Clerk’s Office, while earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from LSU.

If elected, Zeringue said he will immediately focus on streamlining government, reforming education to give parents and students greater choice and access; work to ensure businesses can grow and hire qualified employees; and continue work to insure Louisiana’s coast is restored and homes are protected from storms.

Zeringue represented the state as an on-scene coordinator during the height of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and he assisted in the development and approval of the $50 billion coastal Master Plan aimed at restoring and protecting Louisiana’s coast. In addition, Zeringue was involved in the development of the state’s Flood Protection Emergency Response Plan.

Zeringue lives in Houma with his wife of 20 years, Julie Daigle Zeringue, a teacher at Mulberry Elementary school. They have one son – Zachary, 16.