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Joe Salter
Representative (D), District 24 Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives

Representative Joe Salter of Florien has been Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives since January, 2004. Representative Salter has served in the Legislature since 1986.

A retired Assistant Superintendent in the Sabine Parish School System,Representative Salter serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and on the Advisory Board of Northwestern State University- Leesville/Fort Polk.

Salter started his career as an elected official by being elected to the Board of Aldermen for the Village of Florien. He was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1986 to fill an unexpired term and was reelected without opposition to serve his first full term in 1987. He was reelected in 1991, 1995, 1999 (without opposition), and with 76 percent of the vote in October, 2003.

During his tenure in the House, he has served on the House Education Committee and on the key committees which address the budget and financing of state government – Appropriations Committee, the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Capital Outlay Committee.

He has also served as Chairman of the House Legislative Bureau and Rural Legislative Task Force, and as a member of the Special Committee on Louisiana Homeland Security.

Representative Salter and his wife Bettye Lilly have two children - Mandy Salter Gibbs and Brantly Salter.

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02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

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