INCUMBENT: Lance Harris (Republican)
DESCRIPTION: Rural and suburban House district in southern Rapides Parish that exemplifies the steady change in Louisiana’s political coloration from Southern Democratic to Republican, although Republicans never seriously contested this district until 2007, and they finally were victorious in 2011.
RED/BLUE RATING (using 2008, 2012, and 2014 elections): 72% Republican
JMCEL’s SUMMARY: This is a conservative district that nearly always goes Republican in statewide races (Cassidy received 74%), although persistent rural Democratic sentiment once common throughout Cenla kept this seat in Democratic hands until 2011. Rep. Harris is allowed to serve two more terms.