The Louisiana State House of Representatives has elected Tanner Magee, R-Houma, as their Speaker Pro Tempore.
This move came after the House elected Gonzales Republican Clay Schexnayder as Speaker. This race was a hot one, as conservative leaders backed state Rep. Sherman Mack.
The Times spoke to Magee shortly after the vote was final.
“In all honesty, I wasn’t anticipating this position before this morning,” shared Magee. “It was unexpected, but I’m ready to get to work.”
Magee stated that his positions would not change when it comes to moving our state forward.
“My same position is to try and reform Louisiana, to pull us up from being 50th in the list for so many things where we should be number 1,” said Magee. “I will continue to make sure Terrebonne Parish is protected and safe, so we can remain a vibrant community for families living here.”
When it comes to working with a Democrat as governor, Magee was confident in the House’s abilities to make progress.
“I’ve always worked under the idea that there are things we agree upon, so let’s work towards those goals first,” shared Magee. “The things we don’t agree upon we will work towards them together.”