Senator Bret Allain’s
roots run deep in south Louisiana, and he’s been proud
to call “Sportsman’s Paradise” his home all of his life.
Raised in Jeanerette, LA, Bret started
working on the family farm in St. Mary and Iberia
Parishes with his father at the age of 13, and one of
the many lessons he learned was that hard work and
determination can solve many of the problems we face in
our everyday lives. Throughout his adult life, Bret has
grown many businesses that operate in the agricultural
and energy industries by applying many of the lessons he
learned while growing up.
As a farmer and businessman, Bret knows
that our economy has seen its share of good times as
well as bad. Sugar prices and oil prices have one thing
in common. They both have seen highs and lows through
Louisiana’s budget is no different.
Highs and lows litter the landscape of our state’s
history. For far too long, though, our state budget has
not matched the success of our overall economy. Year
after year, it seems that we are plugging holes just to
get by. True structural reform is needed to get the
state’s fiscal house in order. We can’t continue to
kick the can down the road.
Our economy is built on the industries
Bret knows so well. Agriculture and energy are the two
largest sectors of our state’s economy. Because of this
experience, his background has served him well while in
Since being elected to the State Senate
in 2011, he has shown his leadership on committees vital
to District 21 and Louisiana as a whole.
During his first term, Bret was the Vice
Chairman of the Agriculture committee and was a member
of the Natural Resources, Health and Welfare, and
As Bret entered his second term, he was
appointed to reprise his role on the Finance Committee,
this time as Vice Chairman. He was also reappointed to
serve on the Agriculture and Natural Resources
Committees and will serve for the first time on the
As senator, Bret has also shown a
willingness to work with members of both parties. He’s
always believed that good ideas are not exclusive to
Republicans or Democrats, and he hopes to never see a
time where the gridlock of Washington, D.C. makes its
way into our state capital.
After four years in office, Bret looks to
continue building on the good work accomplished by the
Legislature as he prepares for a second term now that
the people of District 21 have afforded him this great
opportunity and honor.
Bret is a graduate of Louisiana State
University and is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Baldwin. He has been married for 31 years to
the former Kim McElveen, and they are the proud parents
of three children: Quin Elise, Emma Marie, and Robert
Early in 2015, Bret and Kim were also
blessed with their first grandchild, a girl, Flora
Kimberly Bixler, the daughter of their eldest, Quin, and
her husband, Harrison.
They make their home in Adeline.