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Panelist Bio


Sen. Neil Riser
R- Columbia, sponsor of SB303 gun rights bill which became the “Strict Scrutiny” state constitutional amendment

Neil Riser is the state Senator for District 32. District 32 encompasses all of Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, Franklin, LaSalle, and West Feliciana parishes and parts of Avoyelles, Ouachita, Rapides, and Richland parishes. Sen. Riser is Chairman of the Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee and is a member of several committees including the Homeland Security Committee. Sen. Riser was the sponsor of SB303 to strengthen Louisiana gun rights through the “Strict Scrutiny” state constitutional amendment. Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is quoted as saying “No other state has passed a right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment as strong as Louisiana’s.”

Senator Riser is president and owner of the Riser Funeral Homes located in Caldwell and LaSalle parishes. He serves as a board member of the Caldwell Bank and Trust Company. He is also the past president of the Pelican State Life Insurance Company. Neil has a strong background in the timber industry and has worked in logging and timber since the age of 14

After graduating from Caldwell Parish High School in 1980, Neil obtained a B.A. in Business Management from Northeast Louisiana University in 1984.
Senator Riser is happily married to Vicki Smith Riser. Vicki, native of Franklin Parish and former teacher at River Oaks High School in Monroe, is currently managing Riser Funeral Home. Neil and Vicki are the proud parents of two daughters, Emilie and Allison Riser.

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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