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John Schroder
Treasurer of Louisiana
Assumed office
November 18, 2017
Governor John Bel Edwards
Preceded by Ron Henson (Acting)
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 77th district
In office
January 14, 2008 – June 8, 2017
Preceded by Diane Winston
Succeeded by Mark Wright
Personal details
Born (1961-02-23) February 23, 1961 (age 57)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Ellie Daigle
Children2
Education Southeastern Louisiana
University
( BS)

John Michael Schroder Sr. (born February 23, 1961) is an American businessman from Covington, Louisiana who currently serves as state treasurer. He was formerly a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 77 in St. Tammany Parish in suburban New Orleans. Schroder was first elected to the House in 2007 by a conservative constituency in both St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes, but after redistricting in 2011, District 77 is now based solely in St. Tammany Parish.

Background

A graduate of East Jefferson High School in Metairie in Jefferson Parish, Schroder thereafter received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. [1] He served as a special agent in the United States Army. Schroder is a real estate agent, homebuilder, and developer. He and his wife, the former Ellie Marie Daigle, have two children, Brittany Leigh Schroder and John M. Schroder, Jr. The Schroders are Roman Catholic. [2][ self-published source]

Political life

In the 2007 nonpartisan blanket primary to replace the term-limited Republican Diane Winston, Schroder led a three-candidate field with 8,534 votes (46.5 percent). He was thrust into a general election on November 17 with fellow Republican Colleen Hawley, also of Covington, who finished with 6,567 votes (41.2 percent). The remaining 2,272 votes (12.4 percent) votes went to Democrat Angelique LaCour. [3] In the general election, with a much lower turnout than in the primary because of the lack of gubernatorial competition, Schroder defeated Hawley, 4,821 (51.2 percent) to 4,602 (48.8 percent). [4]

Schroder was the vice chairman of the House Republican caucus; upon his resignation from the House, he was succeeded in that position by Tony Bacala of Ascension Parish, another conservative. [5] Schroder served on these House committees: (1) Civil Law and Procedure, (2) Homeland Security, (3) Education, (4) Military and Veterans Affairs, and (5) Joint Budget. [1] Originally named to the Appropriations Committee, Schroder was removed from the panel in the spring of 2010 in a dispute with the departing House Speaker, Jim Tucker of Algiers. Tucker claimed that Schroder broke his word regarding a commitment to support the Independent, subsequently Republican, then Representative Joel Robideaux of Lafayette for the vacant position of Speaker pro tem. Instead, Schroder voted for the Democrat, later Republican, Noble Ellington of Winnsboro for the post, which Robideaux nevertheless narrowly won. Schroder said that he had never agreed to support Robideaux for the position and that Tucker must have had other motivations for removing him from the Appropriations Committee, particularly since Schroder opposed annual automatic pay increases provided for nearly all state employees. [6]

Involved also in child protection issues, Schroder chaired the task force on Legal Representation of Children. [2][ self-published source] He offered the motion in 2011 in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee to defer a proposal by Democratic Representative Helena Moreno of New Orleans to permit adoptions by homosexual couples. [7]

Schroder has a 100 percent voting score by Louisiana Right to Life. In 2010, he received a 90 percent score from the Louisiana Family Forum and 81 percent from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In 2009, he was ranked 75 percent by the Louisiana National Federation of Independent Business. [8]

Campaign for state treasurer

Schroder vacated his House seat on June 8, 2017, to devote full-time to his campaign for state treasurer [9] in the special election set for October 14, 2017, to fill the position vacated on January 3 by U.S. Senator John Neely Kennedy. In his statement of candidacy, Schroder said that he has recognized since his election to the state House that "we had fundamental issues with our budget and spending practices. I have always taken a stand for the Louisiana taxpayer and that will not change when elected treasurer." [10] A previously announced candidate for the seat is state Senator Neil Riser of Columbia in Caldwell Parish in North Louisiana. [11] John Schroder and Democrat Derrick Edwards advanced to the runoff, and Schroder won.

References

  1. ^ a b "Rep. John Schroder". house.legis.state.la.us. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "About John Schroder". johnschroder.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 20, 2007". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  4. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 17, 2007". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Greg Hilburn (July 25, 2017). "Conservatives tighten grip in La. House". The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Rep. John Schroder says he "never lied" to House speaker about pro-tem vote, April 6, 2010". nola.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Gay couples shouldn't be allowed to adopt kid, La. House panel says, May 23, 2011". houmatoday.com. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  8. ^ "Rep. John Schroder". votesmart.org. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "John Schroder to vacate House seat to run for treasurer". New Orleans Times-Picayune. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  10. ^ Marcus Brown (January 9, 2017). "Rep. John Schroder announces candidacy for La. treasurer". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Steven Maxwell (December 12, 2016). "Senator Neil Riser to run for La. state treasurer". Alexandria, Louisiana: KALB-TV. Retrieved December 13, 2016.

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Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Diane Winston
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 77th district

2008–2017
Succeeded by
Mark Wright
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Henson
Acting
Treasurer of Louisiana
2017–present
Incumbent