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NEW ORLEANS – State Representative Royce Duplessis will seek the vacated Louisiana Senate District 5 seat in the November 8, 2022, election.
“I am running for Senate District 5 because people are in pain, the concerns of this district are vast, and I have the necessary track record of building coalitions around diverse needs and delivering for my constituents,” said Rep. Duplessis. “Residents deserve an effective servant leader who understands the challenges of everyday working people, families, and business owners and is willing to fight for them. I was determined to finish out the job that the people of House District 93 elected me to do this past legislative session before announcing my candidacy. The work was just too important to interrupt for a campaign. And after lots of prayer and talks with family, I have decided to announce my candidacy.”
“Senate District 5 also deserves an effective legislator who understands the challenges of everyday working people, families, and business owners. Despite the many challenges we are currently facing, I know we can create a safer, healthier, and more prosperous community,” said Rep. Duplessis. “We are at a critical point, and it’s time for less rhetoric and more results to help people thrive. We must continue to take action on increasing public safety, creating more jobs with living wages, investing in streets and drainage, protecting women’s health, advocating for our vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth, and so much more.”
Rep. Duplessis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project New Orleans, he is a member of the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council and is a volunteer mentor to male teenagers through the nationally renowned Silverback Society. In his legal practice with the Duplessis Law Firm, he has had many successes primarily focusing on civil litigation.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Rep. Duplessis worked as Chief of Staff to former New Orleans City Councilmember James Carter, Law Clerk for Judge Thomas J. Motley on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and Special Counsel for the Louisiana Supreme Court. He is also a past President of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, a former Chairman of the New Orleans City Planning Commission, and co-founder and past President of the A.P. Tureaud, Sr. Legacy Committee.