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Louisiana Lawmaker Abruptly Resigns From House Of Representatives



LOUISIANA – A lawmaker in Louisiana abruptly resigned from his position in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday (January 12), citing his family and pandemic as factors into his decision. Rep. Charles Henry, who until Tuesday represented District 82, was elected in 2019.

The Republican representative from Jefferson Parish submitted his resignation, effective immediately, to House Speaker Clay Schexnayder on Monday, the clerk’s office confirmed. Before he was elected to serve his district, he was chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise.

Henry issued a statement about his decision to step down.

“With the birth of my son last spring and the pandemic, like so many Americans, I’ve had to shift priorities,” said Henry. “I’ve been thinking and praying about his now for the last few months and it just makes sense to make to move now and give the people of District 82 time to elect a new representative for the upcoming legislative session.”

He continued, “I want to thank Speaker Schexnayder, my colleagues in the legislature, the staff at the Capitol, but most importantly, the great people of District 82 for putting their faith in me to be their voice during this last year. It’s been a real honor.”