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Senator John A. Alario, Jr.
District - 8



State Senator, District 8

  Senator 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. 

 As 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 District.

 Senator 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.

 In 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.

 Senator 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 Accountants.  In 1973, he was elected to the Constitutional Convention.  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.

 Senator Alario is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions for his many years of service, including:

         Westbank Business and Industry Association's Legacy Award

         Jefferson Parish Public School System Distinguished Citizen Award

         Southeastern Louisiana University Golden Ambassador Award

         Chamber of Commerce Business Champion Award

         Professional Firefighters Association Outstanding Legislator Award

         Police Jury Outstanding Legislator Award

         Louisiana State Troopers Association Legislator of the Year Award

         Louisiana Federation of Teachers Representative of the Year Award

         ARC Association for Retarded Citizens Outstanding Legislator Award

         Southeastern Louisiana University Business Alumnus Award

         Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Loyal Support of Fishing Industry Award

         Alliance of Louisiana Developmental Centers Outstanding Legislator Award

         Southeastern Louisiana University Distinguished Alumnus Award

         Michael J. Yenni Lifetime Democratic Achievement Award

         Hale Boggs Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Community Award

         Waggaman Jaycees Distinguished Service Award

         West Jefferson High School Outstanding Alumnus Award

         Southeastern Louisiana University Support and Dedication Award

         Legislator Champion Award/LATAN

         Special Olympics Champion Award

         Mervin L. Trail, MD Founder's Award

         Louisiana Family Forum Family Advocate Award

         Right to Life Federation 100% Life Advocate Award

         National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honorary Membership Award

         Louisiana Truancy 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

         2017 Family Advocate Award - Louisiana Family Forum

         LTPA 2017 Governmental Friends of Tourism Award

         2017 Business Champion, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance Award

         New Orleans & Companyís Lifetime Achievement Award

         2019 Horsemenís Benevolent & Protective Associationís Triple Crown Award

         2019 Louisiana Councils on Aging Legislator of the Year Award

 Senator 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.




Senator John A. Alario, Jr.

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1063 Muller Parkway Westwego, LA 70094-5616

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Kathleen Doming

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