Rodney Alexander

Rodney Alexander ( born December 5, 1946 in Bienville, Bienville Parish, Louisiana) is an American politician. From 2003 to 2013 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004 for the Republican Party. In August 2013, he announced to resign until September of the year of the Congress, and cited as reason, the growing polarization and self- blockade of Washington politics.

Rodney Alexander first visited the Jonesboro - Hodge High School in Jonesboro. He then studied at Louisiana Technical College in Ruston. In the following years he worked in the insurance industry. Between 1964 and 1981 he also owned a construction company. From 1965 to 1971 Alexander was a member of the Reserve of the U.S. Air Force.

Politically, Alexander was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1987 and 2002 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Louisiana. He was chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee. In the congressional elections of 2002, he was with less than a thousand vote lead as a Democrat in the fifth electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Cooksey on January 3, 2003. Since August 2004 he heard this for a change of party as a Republican to what drew sharp criticism of the Democrats of his home state after, as he for candidates of the 2004 election made ​​known his move 30 minutes before the submission deadline, and thus the Democrats took the chance to make a serious challengers to be named. However, his decision brought him from the Republican side a seat on the influential investment committee which he organized in the federal funding for Louisiana. Alexander won all five re- elections by a large margin; last he was confirmed in the 2010 elections with 78.6 percent in 2012 and 77.8 percent of the vote. Alexander introduced himself as "pro -business, pro-life, and pro- gun" candidate dar.

Alexander announced on August 6, 2013, to withdraw from the Congress to be in September of the year the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (Minister of Veterans Affairs ) in Louisiana, which will entail an extraordinary election for his congressional seat after yourself. As a possible successor to the republican dominated constituency of the Democrat Jamie Mayo were ( Mayor of Monroe) and the Republican Senators of the State of Mike Walsworth and Neil Riser and the Chief of Staff Alexander, Adam Terry; Alexander himself is listed as a candidate for the office of governor of Louisiana in 2015. In the election of Republican surprisingly Vance McAllister could conquer the seat.

Rodney Alexander is married to Nancy Sutton, with whom he has three grown children.

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