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Terry Landry

Terry Landry

D – New Iberia

Terry Landry was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and became the first State Representative elected to the newly created House District 96, serving the parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and Lafayette.

A resident of Lafayette and native of New Iberia, Louisiana, Representative Landry has dedicated his life to serving and protecting his community, state, and country. He proudly joined and served his country in the United States Army and is a Vietnam Veteran. Accepted into the Louisiana State Police Academy in 1977, Representative Landry held an extensive career with the Louisiana State Police serving in various positions, which included Commander of the Crime Laboratory, Investigative Support Section, Gaming Enforcement Division, and Protective Services. He was later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, during which he also served as Chief of Staff, Deputy Superintendent of Support, and Deputy Superintendent of Patrol. History was made in the summer of 2000 with the appointment of Colonel Terry Landry, Sr. as the first African-American Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police.

Representative Landry has always been active in communities helping to support the missions of various service groups and organizations. He is often invited to serve as a keynote speaker, an expert panelist and consulted with on matters regarding community and law enforcement.

Among his legislative committee assignments, State Representative Landry's serves as Chair of the Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works and Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. Because of his strong advocacy for criminal justice reform, he served on the Justice Reinvestment Task Force during the 2017 legislative year that researched and compiled evidence-based information on programs to help reduce the state’s highest in-the-nation incarceration rate and reinvest that savings in rehabilitation programs. Their efforts resulted in the passage of historic legislation to reform Louisiana’s criminal justice system. He currently serves on the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Implementation Oversight Council.

He and his wife Sharon are blessed to have three children and five grandchildren.