Marcus Bryant, 42, was elected House District 96 on Oct. 12.
Although he now works as a lawyer, Bryant comes from a humble background. He only attended high school through 10th grade and later earned his high school equivalency diploma while studying paint and auto body at a vocational college. That's when mentors pushed him to enroll in a four-year university.
Bryant would eventually earn a bachelor's degree in English and a law degree from Southern University.
The New Iberia native and St. Martinville resident said his top three priorities are to help the elderly, improve education and tackle infrastructure issues.
Bryant said he would also like to make health care more affordable for those on a fixed income, devote resources to schools instead of jails, and improve roads, sewage and drainage.