DENHAM SPRINGS — Infrastructure, particularly roads, are the biggest problem facing the people in House District 71, Rep. J. Rogers Pope said.

Pope, who is returning to office unopposed, said funding for schools is the second most important issue.

Overall the state needs to be more business friendly, Pope said.

“We have to do more for our small businesses, because those are the people who create jobs,” Pope said. “We might look at trying to reduce taxes to stimulate business.”

Pope said he is against any tax increases and most fee increases, which are “often a way of increasing taxes without a vote of the people.”

“We are taxed enough right now,” he said.

To balance the state budget, an examination needs to be done of all of the departments in state government “to figure out what is important and what isn’t,” the representative said.

Those things that are important should be funded to the level needed to do the jobs, and other things need to be curtailed, Pope said.

He said he isn’t in favor of layoffs, but thinks some state jobs could be eliminated by attrition.

The state needs to look at the Department of Social Services spending and, if necessary, redirect some of those expenditures, Pope said.

“Poverty is obviously a problem in our state,” he said.

“We’ve got to get more engaged with families,” he said, adding that in some cases “they have to take a more active role” in improving their situations.

Doing something to strengthen the job market could help reduce poverty, Pope added.


Republican, Denham Springs.

70, educator.

EDUCATION: Master’s degree plus 30, Southeastern Louisiana University.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: State representative.


Ward/Precinct and location

Livingston Parish

7A Walker High

23 Seventh Ward Elementary

24 Southside Junior High

24A Southside Junior High

24B Southside Junior High

24C Southside Junior High

24D Southside Junior High

24E Southside Junior High

25 Denham Springs City Hall

26 Denham Springs Elementary

26A Denham Springs Elementary

26B Denham Springs Elementary

26C Denham Springs Elementary

27 Denham Springs Junior High

28A Southside Elementary

28B Southside Elementary

35 Walker Freshman High

35A Walker Freshman High

36 Westside Junior High

39 Eastside Elementary

39A Eastside Elementary

39B Eastside Elementary

40 Freshwater High

40A Freshwater Elementary

41 Freshwater Elementary