Top legislative staffer honored by Louisiana House _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana Rep. Jim Morris, left, R-Oil City, smiles with House Legislative Services Executive Director Mary F. Quaid after members surprised her, bringing her onto the floor for a resolution recognizing her 28 years of service in the House of Representatives.

The Louisiana House approved a resolution honoring one of their longest serving staffers.

Legislative Services Executive Director Mary F. Quaid, who is retiring after 28 years with the Legislature, heads the non-partisan legislative research organization that actually drafts most of the legislation. She has crafted bills in 56 sessions, both special and regular, under eight speakers.

She grew up in Jefferson Parish, attended LSU and graduated from the law school there in 1985. She went to work for the House in 1988. Before taking the helm of the House Legislative Services office, Quaid was a staffer in the Criminal Justice and Civil Law committees.

During a House chamber ceremony remembering her, former representatives, including former Speaker Hunt Downer, returned to praise Quaid, before current representatives passed House Resolution 202.