Landry announces re-election bid

The first-term state rep — and the first and only representative to serve the relatively new district — wants voters to give him another go-round.

State Rep. Terry Landry, a first-term Democrat and the first and only representative to serve the relatively new House District 96, announced his bid for re-election Friday afternoon.

“For the past four years, I have worked within the constraints imposed on our state by our governor to use limited state resources to respond to the needs of the people in House District 96,” the longtime state trooper and former superintendent of Louisiana State Police says in a release announcing his candidacy. “This district, you may recall, was shifted to our area in the redistricting that followed the 2010 Census. Since being elected, it has been my duty and my pleasure to help identify and create an awareness of the district, its people and our needs.”

District 96 spans parts of Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette parishes.

Landry’s résumé, according to a bio issued with his re-election announcement, is impressive:

Since being elected in 2011, Rep. Landry has been assigned to serve on key House and Joint Legislative committees. He serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation, Highways, and Public Works. He is Vice Chair of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He is also a member of the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice.

He serves on the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay (which sets priorities for state spending on construction projects), the Joint Committee on Homeland Security, the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Atchafalaya Basin Program Oversight Committee.

Prior to being elected to serve as representative from House District 96, had served for decades as a leader of the state’s law enforcement community.

The New Iberia native served as a member of the Louisiana State Police for 27 years. Landry served as a Uniform Trooper, Road Supervisor, a Detective and Sergeant with the West District Office in Lafayette. He has also served as Commander of the Crime Laboratory, Commander of the Investigative Support Section, Commander of the Gaming Enforcement Division, and Commander of Protective Services. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in April of 1997, and at that rank has served as Chief of Staff, Deputy Superintendent of Support and Deputy Superintendent of Patrol.

Governor Mike Foster named Landry Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police in 2000. In that capacity, Landry led the Louisiana State Police’ participation in the investigation of the series of murders committed by Derrick Todd Lee, the recovery of the Space Shuttle Discovery crash, the first Super Bowl held after the September 11 attack on the U.S., and also statewide events such as the Sugar Bowl and the Bayou Classic.

After his retirement from Louisiana State Police, Landry served as Director of Security for the New Orleans International Airport and interim Chief of Police at Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College.

He has been the recipient of many awards and honors for his service to his community and his state. One of his proudest accomplishments was his work in helping the Louisiana State Police foundation with the creation of Camp-Win-a-Friend, which brings 300 young boys and girls to camp in Holden, LA each year, and is currently working with Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Lafayette, LA to raise funds to educate our youth and keep the school moving forward.