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The Louisiana State Legislature

    1. Louisiana Demographic Background
    2. About the Louisiana State Legislature
    3. Generational Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature
    4. Gender Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature
    5. Ethnic Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature
    6. Partisan Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature
    7. Notes

 

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Louisiana Demographic Background

The largest generations in Louisiana are the Millennial Generation and Generation X, each consisting of about 20% of the population.1,3 The smallest generation is the Silent Generation, consisting of about 10% of the population. About 59% of people in Louisiana are White, 32% are Black or African American, 5% are Hispanic or Latino, and about 2% are Asian.2
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About the Louisiana State Legislature

The Legislature consists of two chambers: a 39-member Senate and a 105-member House of Representatives. The most recent election for the State Legislature was in 2015.
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Generational Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature

Nearly 6% of members of the Louisiana House of Representatives are Millennials. About 3% of members of the Louisiana State Senate are Millennials. The largest generation represented in the Louisiana State Legislature is the Baby Boomer Generation, comprising about 40% of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and about 60% of the Louisiana Senate. The generational breakdown of the legislature is unrepresentative of the generational breakdown of the state of Louisiana, where the largest generations are the Millennial Generation and Generation X.

 

Generational Breakdown of the Louisiana House of Representatives
Generation Number of Members % of Total Members
Millennial Generation

6

5.71%

Generation X

29

27.62%

Baby Boomer Generation

43

40.95%

Silent Generation

6

5.71%

NA*

21

20.00%

Note: *Indicates state legislators for whom there is no birth date on record.

  • The average age of the Louisiana House of Representatives is 56
  • The youngest member is 30 years old (Julie Emerson)
  • The oldest members are 79 years old (Frank A. Howard and Dorothy Sue Hill)
  • Four individuals are Young Elected Leaders
    • Julie Emerson, age: 30
    • Dustin Miller, age: 31
    • Stephanie Hilferty, age: 33
    • John Stefanski, age: 34

 

Generational Breakdown of the Louisiana Senate
Generation Number of Members % of Total Members
Millennial Generation

1

2.56%

Generation X

9

23.08%

Baby Boomer Generation

24

61.54%

Silent Generation

5

12.82%

  • The average age of the Louisiana Senate is 59 years old
  • The youngest member is 36 years old (Richard J. Ward III)
  • The oldest member is 77 years old (Francis C. Thompson)
  • There are no Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana State Senate

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Gender Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature

Approximately 15% of members of the Louisiana House of Representatives and 13% of members of the Louisiana Senate are women. There are two male Young Elected Leaders and two female Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

 

Gender of Louisiana House Representatives
Gender by Generation in the Louisiana House of Representatives

Gender of Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives

There are two female and two male Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

 

Gender of the Louisiana State Senators

Gender by Generation in the Louisiana Senate

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Ethnic Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature

About 25% of members of each chamber of the Louisiana State Legislature are Black/African-American. This is reflected in the four Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives, one of which is Black/African-American, while the other three are White/Caucasian. Blacks/African-Americans are slightly underrepresented in the Louisiana State Legislature compared to the Louisiana state population, and there is no Latino or Asian representation.

 

Ethnicity of the Louisiana House of Representatives

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Louisiana House of Representatives

 

Ethnicity of Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives

There are 3 White/Caucasian Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives, and 1 Black/African American Young Elected Leader.

 

Ethnicity of the Louisiana State Senate

 

Ethnicity by Generation in the Louisiana State Senate

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Partisan Breakdown of the Louisiana State Legislature

A majority of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Louisiana State Senate are Republican. Out of the 4 Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1 is a Democrat and the rest are Republican.

 

Partisanship of the Louisiana House of Representatives

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Louisiana House of Representatives
Partisanship of Young Elected Leaders in the Louisiana House of Representatives

There are 3 Republican Young Elected Leaders and 1 Democratic Young Elected Leader in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

 

Partisanship of the Louisiana State Senate

 

Partisanship by Generation of the Louisiana State Senate

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Notes

1 The Young Elected Leaders Project collects and analyzes data on young elected officials across the country.  We define Young Elected Leaders as officials 35 years and younger. We define the generations following the Pew Research Center:

  • Millennial Generation: 1981-1996 (age 22-37)
  • Generation X: 1965-1980 (age 38-53)
  • Baby Boom Generation: 1946-1964 (age 54-72)
  • Silent Generation: 1928-1945 (age 73-90)

2 Geographic and Housing Estimates (Age, Sex, Race, Households and Housing, …) 2017, US Census.

3 Single Years of Age and Sex, 2010, US Census.
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