Rodney Alexander

Rodney Alexander REPRepublican

American politician

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Rodney AlexanderREPRepublican American politician
75
Years of Age
41
Years of Experience
LAResidence (state)

Rodney McKinnie Alexander (born December 5, 1946) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who served as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs from September 30, 2013, until June 3, 2014. Previously he was the U.S. representative for Louisiana's 5th congressional district from 2003 to 2013. First elected as a Democrat, he changed parties in 2004 to run as a Republican and was re-elected five times. His district covered twenty-four parishes in roughly the northeast quadrant of the state but stretched much further south as a result of the 2010 census. On August 6, 2013, Alexander announced that he would not seek a seventh term in the House in the 2014 congressional elections. He cited his weariness with partisanship in Washington, D.C. as the primary reason for his decision to retire. On August 7, Alexander moved up his timetable for departure from Congress. He resigned his seat effective September 27; a special election was held to replace him, and an upset victory went to a political newcomer without support from the Republican leadership, Vance McAllister, a businessman from Monroe, who was defeated for a full term in the 2014 midterm elections. Alexander joined the administration of Governor Bobby Jindal as the new secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs but remained in that post for only eight months.

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Campaign Funding

20
12
$1,375,551
Total Raised
$1,132,955
Total Spent
$244,645
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Oil & Gas$72,638
95%
Health Professionals$70,000
95%
Crop Production & Basic Processing$69,450
86%
Lawyers/Law Firms$62,883
84%
Hospitals/Nursing Homes$61,516
78%
Lobbyists$57,427
68%
General Contractors$49,890
63%
Commercial Banks$46,250
56%
Real Estate$41,106
53%
Retired$38,900
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Louisiana Tech University
Jonesboro-Hodge High School
1964
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2002 - 2013
Changed Political Party
from Democrat to Republican
2004
Representative
Louisiana State House of Representatives
1987 - 2002
Member
Jackson Parish Police Jury
1972 - 1987
Construction Business
1964 - 1981
Served
United States Air Force Reserves
1965 - 1971
Experience
Insurance Agent
Other Experience1 - 27 of 27
Member
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Member
Sweetwater Baptist Church
Chair
Congressional Levee Caucus
Former Chair
Health and Welfare Committee, Louisiana State House of Representatives
Member
The National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
Member
Tea Party Caucus
Member
Immigration Reform Caucus
Member
House Rural Health Care Caucus
Member
House Rural Education Caucus
Member
House Nursing Caucus
Member
House Dietary Supplement Caucus
Member
Historic Preservation Caucus
Member
Congressional Sportsman Foundation
Member
International Conservation Congressional Caucus
Member
Congressional Rural Housing Caucus
Member
Congressional Rural Caucus
Member
Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
Member
Congressional Prayer Caucus
Member
Congressional Life Insurance Caucus
Member
Congressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
Member
Congressional Diabetes Caucus
Member
Congressional Community Pharmacy Coalition
Member
Congressional Caucus on Community Health Care Centers
Member
Congressional Arts Caucus
Member
Air Force Caucus
Member
Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus
Member
Blue Dog Coalition