The fall elections have reshuffled seats in the Louisiana Legislature and will force a new round of special elections early next year.
After the November and December elections, Louisiana has one new state senator and two new state House members, and the House has another round of new vacancies created as lawmakers won jobs as judges and parish officials back home.
Republican Bob Hensgens, a nursing home administrator from Abbeville, won a special election shifting him from the House, where he’d been since 2011, to the Senate. He takes over the Senate seat vacated by Jonathan Perry, who moved to an appeals court judgeship. Hensgens will represent Vermilion Parish and parts of Acadia, Lafayette and St. Landry parishes.
In the House, Mary DuBuisson, a Slidell Republican, won Saturday’s election to fill the remaining term of Republican Greg Cromer, who resigned after winning election as Slidell’s mayor. DuBuisson is a former Cromer aide.
Elected to the House in November was Stuart Moss, a Republican and former Sulphur city councilman. He’ll take over the rest of the term of Mike Danahay, a Democrat elected mayor of Sulphur earlier this year.
Seven more House seats are open, after lawmakers staring down term limits were elected or took jobs elsewhere.