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Louisiana Republicans Face More Term-Limits In 2023 Elections

Term-limited legislators make up 15% of seats in the Louisiana State Legislature, with 16 Republicans and 6 Democrats affected.

The Louisiana State Senate is one of eight state legislative chambers holding elections in 2023. The general election will be held on November 18, 2023. A primary is on October 14, 2023. The filing deadline is August 10, 2023.

“For the third consecutive election cycle, Republican state legislators in Louisiana have more term-limited members than Democrats. In 2023, Republicans have 16 term-limited lawmakers, whereas Democrats have six. Louisiana is the only state holding elections for a term-limited legislature in 2023. Out of the 144 seats up for election in the Louisiana State Legislature this year, 15% are held by legislators who are term-limited,” said Ballotpedia

Between 2011 and 2023, Democrats had an average of 11 term-limited legislators, whereas Republicans had an average of 15 term-limited legislators. Democrats in Louisiana have not had more term-limited legislators than Republicans since the 2011 election cycle. From 2011 to 2023, Republicans experienced the highest number of term-limited legislators in 2019, with 29 Republicans reaching their term limits compared to 17 Democrats.

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Flag of Louisiana, For the third consecutive election cycle, Republican state legislators in Louisiana have more term-limited members than Democrats. BALLOTPEDIA

Louisiana has a divided government where neither party holds a state government trifecta. A trifecta happens when one political party holds the governorship and majority in both chambers of the state legislature. The last party to hold a trifecta in the state was the Republican Party in 2015. The Democratic Party currently controls the Governor’s office. “After a series of party switches and special elections, Republicans gained majorities in both state legislative chambers in February 2011 and have maintained those majorities ever since. Republicans currently hold a 27-12 majority in the State Senate and a 77-33 majority with one independent in the State House,” said Ballotpedia

Produced in association with Ballotpedia

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Virginia Van Zandt

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