Republicans will hold all statewide elected offices in Louisiana, reforming the state’s executive branch

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Republicans will hold all statewide elected offices in Louisiana, reforming the state’s executive branch


November 19, 2023

Come January, the Republican Party will control every elected office in Louisiana after Republicans won three runoff races Saturday night for attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer.

The success of the Republican Party, in a state that has had a Democrat in the governor’s office for the past eight years, means that Republicans have taken control of all offices in Louisiana for the first time since 2015.


supermajority in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Liz Murrill was elected attorney general, Nancy Landry as secretary of state, and John Fleming as treasurer. The results also mean Louisiana will have its first female attorney general and the first woman secretary of state.

Saturday’s elections complete the formation of Louisiana’s executive branch, where most incumbents failed to seek re-election and opened the door to new leadership in some of the most powerful positions.

Louisiana’s gubernatorial election was decided in October when Jeff Landry, a Republican backed by former President Trump, won outright and avoided a runoff. Current Gov. John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, was unable to run for re-election because of term limits.

Also for the Republicans, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain were reelected last month, and Tim Temple was elected insurance commissioner.

Despite low voter turnout, Saturday’s election caught the attention of Trump, who endorsed Republican candidates in each of the three statewide races.

Murrill, a Republican, will replace her boss, Jeff Landry, when he becomes governor in January. Murrill’s opponent in the race for attorney general was Lindsey Cheek, a New Orleans-based trial attorney.

Landry often made state and national headlines in his role, including his support for legislation banning gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth and a near-total abortion ban with no exceptions for cases of rape and incest.

Murrill has joined Landry in defending conservative causes, including a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors. During the campaign, Murrill vowed to fight what she said was overreach by the federal government, defending the state’s abortion ban and pushing tough-on-crime rhetoric.

When I entered this race. “I pledged to protect families, our future and our freedom because these things are important to me… I know they are important to everyone in our state,” Murrill said during her victory speech Saturday evening.

Trump will have a close ally in the secretary of state: Fleming, a conservative former congressman who co-founded the US House Freedom Caucus. After his time in Congress, the Republican served in the former president’s administration. In Saturday’s runoff, Fleming faced Dustin Granger, a Democrat, a financial advisor based in Lake Charles.

Nancy Landry, who is not related to the governor-elect, defeated Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat, in the race for secretary of state. Landry is a former state representative from Lafayette and worked in the secretary of state’s office for four years.

The Republican will take on the task of replacing Louisiana’s outdated voting machines, which do not produce the paper ballots crucial to ensuring accurate election results.

The lengthy and ongoing replacement process was thrust into the national spotlight after allegations of bid rigging and when conspiracy theorists, who supported Trump’s lies that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen, entered the conversation.


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