Task force's task: Break Louisiana's 'Groundhog Day'-like loop of yearly budget shortfalls

Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, asks questions of Beth Courtney, president and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, during an Appropriations Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education on March 29 at the State Capitol.

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS

Covington Republican Rep. John Schroder is resigning from the Louisiana House to focus on his bid for state treasurer.

“I am ‘all in’ for the people of this great state and am fully committed to running for treasurer of all the people of Louisiana,” Schroder said.

He is seeking to replace John N. Kennedy, who was elected to the U.S. Senate. A special election has been called for Oct. 14.

Schroder plans to tell his colleagues in the House first thing Tuesday morning and plans to work through the rest of this session, which adjourns at 6 p.m. Thursday.

He’ll work the special session, if one is called. Gov. John Bel Edwards called a special session to begin 15 minutes after adjournment as precaution in case the House and the Senate cannot agree on a state budget in time.

Edwards will have to call a special election to replace Schroder in the House. District 77 covers much of St. Tammany Parish east of Tangipahoa Parish and around Covington.

Schroder, 51, joined the House in 2008.

He's assembled a campaign team with representatives from a broad spectrum of previous Republican campaigns, with links to U.S. Sens. Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, former Gov. Bobby Jindal and former U.S. Sen. David Vitter, among others.

State Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, and state Rep. Julie Stokes, R-Kenner, also have announced that they are running for the state treasurer’s post.

New Orleans Democratic lawyer/accountant Derrick Edwards, who recently ran for the U.S. Senate, and Republican Mike Lawrence, a Mandeville accountant who briefly ran former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s Senate campaign, also have entered the race.

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