JOHN A. ALARIO, JR.
PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
State Senator, District 8
Alario, now in his third term as the State Senator for District 8, is
the current Senate President, having been chosen by his fellow Senators
for the leadership post for a second consecutive time at the beginning
of the 2016-2020 legislative term.
The Dean of the Louisiana Legislature
previously served nine terms as the State Representative for House
District 83, including two terms as Speaker of the House, from 1984-1988
and from 1992-1996. The fourth in the nation to hold the top
leadership post in both the House and the Senate, Senator Alario is the
first Louisiana legislator to serve twice as Speaker of the House and
twice as President of the Senate.
Senate President, Senator Alario is Chairman of the Revenue Estimating
Conference, Chairman of the Interim Emergency Board, a member of the
State Bond Commission, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital
Outlay. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the Joint
Legislative Committee on the Budget and is an ex-officio non-voting
member of all standing Senate Committees.
He is a Director of the State
Legislative Leaders Foundation.
During his first term in the Senate,
Senator Alario chaired the Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and
Flood Control, and was a member of the Senate Finance, Commerce, and
Judiciary B Committees, the State Bond Commission, and the Joint
Legislative Committee on the Budget.
During his service
in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Senator Alario served as
Chairman of the Appropriations, Ways and Means, and House Executive
Committees, as well as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on
the Budget, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
He also served as a member of the
Natural Resources, Retirement, House and Governmental Affairs,
Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, Commerce, and Judiciary
Committees, and the State Bond Commission, Interim Emergency Board,
Revenue Estimating Conference, Legislative Budgetary Control Council,
Joint Committee on Charities, House Legislative Services Council,
Special Committee on Homeland Security, and the Louisiana Recovery
Alario was widowed in 2006.
With his beloved wife, Ree, he had four
children and now has seven grandchildren.
He is a 1965 graduate of Southeastern
Louisiana University, and the West Jefferson High School Class of 1961.
He was a teacher with the Jefferson
Parish School System from 1965-1966, and an Accountant from 1966-1972.
Since 1972, he has been a Tax
Consultant and owner of John A. Alario, Jr. Income Tax Service.
1994, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a
resolution designating a new committee room addition in the State
Capitol as "Alario Hall."
This distinction by the membership of
the House of Representatives was in recognition of Speaker Alario's
efforts and tremendous foresight in spearheading construction of
additional committee rooms, so that the citizens of Louisiana have a
place to offer input and participate in the legislative process.
Alario served on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal
Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the Louisiana International
Deep Water Gulf Transfer Terminal Authority, and the American
Legislative Exchange Council Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.
Other activities include membership in the Knights of Columbus, Westwego
Volunteer Fire Department, and the National Society of Public
In 1973, he was elected to the
Senator Alario also served on the Board
of the Louisiana Epilepsy Association, Task Force for Juvenile
Facilities in Jefferson Parish, Development Advisory Board of Archbishop
Shaw High School, West Jefferson Metroplex Civic Center Committee, and
the Louisiana Kidney Foundation.
From 1979 to 1985, he served as
Chairman of the Louisiana Exposition Authority - the 1984 World's Fair
in New Orleans.
Alario is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions for his many
years of service, including:
and Industry Association's Legacy Award
Public School System Distinguished Citizen Award
Louisiana University Golden Ambassador Award
Chamber of Commerce
Business Champion Award
Firefighters Association Outstanding Legislator Award
Outstanding Legislator Award
Troopers Association Legislator of the Year Award
Federation of Teachers Representative of the Year Award
ARC Association for
Retarded Citizens Outstanding Legislator Award
Louisiana University Business Alumnus Award
Marine Fisheries Loyal Support of Fishing Industry Award
Louisiana Developmental Centers Outstanding Legislator Award
Louisiana University Distinguished Alumnus Award
Michael J. Yenni
Lifetime Democratic Achievement Award
Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Community Award
Distinguished Service Award
West Jefferson High
School Outstanding Alumnus Award
Louisiana University Support and Dedication Award
Mervin L. Trail, MD
Forum Family Advocate Award
Right to Life
Federation 100% Life Advocate Award
National Society of
Collegiate Scholars Honorary Membership Award
Program Champion Award
Extra Mile for
Persons with Disabilities Leadership Award
2017 Murphy J.
"Mike" Foster Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Community and
Technical Colleges in Louisiana
Advocate Award - Louisiana Family Forum
Governmental Friends of Tourism Award
Champion, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance Award
New Orleans &
Companyís Lifetime Achievement Award
Benevolent & Protective Associationís Triple Crown Award
Councils on Aging Legislator of the Year Award
Alario is also an inductee into the West Jefferson High School Hall of
Fame and the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.
He was also named Chairman of the 2015
Zurich Golf Classic in New Orleans.