February 26, 2016

Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus Members Endorse Hillary Clinton for President

Legislators Cite Clinton’s Attention to Issues Facing African Americans 

New Orleans, LA — Numerous members of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus today endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary contest. Led by State Rep. Joseph Bouie, Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, and State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party, the members of both the Louisiana Senate and Louisiana House of Representatives laid out a long list of reasons they were endorsing Clinton, but all cited her long record fighting to deliver results for African American families across Louisiana.
“I am proud to offer my full endorsement to Hillary Clinton for president because she is not only the right choice for Louisiana and this country, but the right choice for African American voters,” said Rep. Joseph Bouie Jr. “Hillary has long history of standing up and fighting for the rights of our community, and, once president, I know she will continue to fight to ensure our voices are heard and respected. It is clear she is the only one in this race — on either side — that will work to ensure all the progress we’ve made over the last seven years under President Obama’s leadership isn’t ripped away.”
State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson said, “In the Louisiana Democratic primary, I'm supporting the only long-time Democrat running for President of the United States. Hillary Clinton has been advocating for, espousing, and living progressive values her entire life. She has been a lifelong advocate for women, children, and families, and I know she will never stop fighting for our community as president.”
State Rep. Ted James said, “We can’t afford to risk going backwards so the only choice for our community is Hillary Clinton. Hillary has a plan to create more jobs for the African Americans community through investments in infrastructure. And it’s not just about building roads and bridges, but about saying our community has as much right to equity and opportunity as anyone else. Above all else, it’s about stopping inequality in our cities. Hillary Clinton is the only one who will make fighting inequality in the African American community a top priority.”
Hillary Clinton is the only candidate prepared to make a real difference in the lives of Louisiana families, especially in underserved communities, and build on the progress made under President Obama. She is pledging to raise families’ incomes, and as president, she would invest in early childhood education and make college more affordablereform our broken criminal justice systemenact commonsense gun safety measures to protect our communities from violencedefend and strengthen Obamacarefight Republicans who are trying to disenfranchise voters and roll back voting rights, and invest in programs like infrastructure, housing, and education to combat the social and economic disparities that too many African Americans still face.
Clinton recently visited Flint, Michigan, where she not only showed her leadership on the Flint water crisis, but made clear how she will fight for justice and equality for all. Clinton also recently announced a proposal to invest $125 billion in underserved communities to boost African American youth employment and expand housing opportunities, among other provisions.
Today’s endorsements add to the growing list of support Clinton has earned across the Pelican State.
The following Louisiana state legislators endorsed Hillary Clinton today:
·         State Rep. Joseph Bouie, Jr., District 97, (Chair, Legislative Black Caucus)
·         State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, District 5, (Democratic State Party Chair)
·         State Rep. John Bagneris, District 100
·         State Sen. Wesley Bishop, District 4
·         State Sen. Gerald Boudreaux, District 24
·         State Sen. Troy Brown, District 2
·         State Rep. Barbara Carpenter, District 63
·         State Sen. Troy Carter, District 7
·         State Rep. Gary Carter Jr., District 102
·         State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, District 14
·         State Rep. Kenny Cox, District 23
·         State Rep. A B Franklin, District 34
·         State Rep. Randal Gaines, District 57 (Vice Chair, Legislative Black Caucus)
·         State Rep. Jeffrey "Jeff" Hall, District 26
·         State Rep. James "Jimmy" Harris, III, District 99
·         State Rep. Marcus Hunter, District 17
·         State Rep. Katrina R. Jackson, District 16
·         State Rep. Edward "Ted" James, District 101
·         State Rep. Patrick Jefferson, District 11
·         State Rep. Sam Jenkins, District 2
·         State Rep. Terry Landry Sr., District 96
·         State Rep. Rodney Lyons, District 87
·         State Rep. C. Denise Marcelle, District 61
·         State Rep. Dustin Miller, District 40
·         State Sen. Jean Paul "JP" Morrell, District 3
·         State Rep. Barbara Norton, District 3
·         State Rep. Vincent Pierre, District 44
·         State Rep. Edward "Ed" Price, District 58
·         State Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, District 67
·         State Rep. Patrick William, District 4
For Immediate Release, February 26, 2016