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K. Eric LaFleur
Senator, Louisiana

Senator Eric La Fleur is a partner in the law firm of Mahtook & La Fleur with offices in Ville Platte, Lafayette Opelousas, and Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of LSU and Tulane, earning a B.A. in French, Economics and History. He earned his law degree from Tulane Law School. His focus of practice is private, commercial and public transactions. He is one of a handfull of "red book" listed bond attorneys in the state of Louisiana.

He was elected to an open seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999 and reelected again in 2003. In 2007, he won an open seat in the Louisiana State Senate. That senatorial district consists of approximately 140,000 people in the following four rural parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, St. Landry and Evangeline. He serves on the senate Finance and Criminal Justice Committees and is Vice-chairman of the Committee on Education.

In addition, Senator La Fleur serves on the board of directors of the Sacred Heart Foundation, LSU College Board of Arts and Sciences and Savoy Medical Center.

He also plays saxophone with the local band, Deja Vu.

Before entering private practice, La Fleur served as a felony prosecutor
under District Attorney Harry Connick in New Orleans and for the Louisiana Department of Justice under Richard Ieyoub.

He is a 1982 graduate of Sacred Heart High School. He is married to the
former Julie Morein, a 1997 Sacred Heart High School graduate. Together they make their home in Ville Platte and have one son, Atticus.

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