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Clay Schexnayder Announces Candidacy for Re-Election

Contact: Representative Clay Schexnayder, 225.313.8724
schexnayder2011@hotmail.com, P.O. Box 593, Sorrento, La 70778 
State Representative Clay Schexnayder announced today that he is a candidate for re-election in the Saturday, October 24th election. Early voting is from October 10 ‒17 at the Registrar of Voters office.  
Schexnayder is completing his first term representing district 81, which is comprised of portions of four parishes and numerous communities in Livingston, Ascension, St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes. He serves on five house committees: Civil Law and Procedure, Labor and Industrial Relations, Natural Resources and Environment, Legislative Audit Advisory Council and the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. Schexnayder is a member of several legislative delegations, including the Acadiana Delegation, Capital Region Delegation, the Rural Caucus and the Louisiana Republican Legislative Delegation.
“It is an honor and privilege to represent you in our state legislature,” Schexnayder said. “I will continue to work to bring increased economic opportunities to our district, support efforts to strengthen our educational system, improve infrastructure and protect the way of life we all enjoy and wish to pass on to future generations. I humbly ask for your support so I may continue to work on behalf of the people of our district and Louisiana.”
The owner/operator of a small business, Schexnayder has a unique perspective into important legislation affecting the thousands of small companies with employees in Louisiana. “I know what it means to go to work, manage a business, meet a payroll and pay taxes,” he said. “It’s important that your representative have that knowledge and experience as every vote on business issues affects someone’s livelihood.”
As our state representative, Schexnayder worked to bring $363 million in projects and grants to district 81. He consistently supports enhancements to state funding where warranted for efforts to bring good-paying jobs to the area. He is a strong supporter of improving our educational system for K-12, technical colleges, universities and job training programs while expanding educational opportunities for veterans and their families. During his term, Schexnayder helped secure $40 million from the WISE Fund for the two technical colleges in the district while fighting for the passage of Act 329, which allows citizen input into academic standards.  
He voted to strengthen domestic violence and DWI laws, further enhance efforts to stop sex offenders and helped pass laws to protect children. Schexnayder worked to dedicate unclaimed gambling winnings to the Louisiana Crime Victims’ Reparation board to help with payments to victims.
He helped pass a bill allowing the state to use more mineral revenues to support its operating budget, including freeing up additional money to address the $12 billion backlog in road and bridge repairs.
Schexnayder’s work in the house led to securing funding to complete more than 85 miles of road projects in the district including a $4 million appropriation to begin widening LA70 from LA22 to the Sunshine Bridge, $2.8 million for widening LA444 from Gum Swamp Road to LA22 and initial work to widen Highway 44 south of I-10 as well as build a roundabout at LA22 & LA16 and have a traffic signal installed at the intersection of US61 and LA54 in Garyville. Schexnayder also helped secure $21 million in funding for the state’s portion of the $200 million Blind River Fresh Water Diversion Project. He helped lead an effort to fund a Wildlife and Fisheries Department/Livingston/Ascension Parish Sheriff’s outpost on the Diversion Canal and worked to create an account in the state’s conservation fund as well as a check-off donation on income tax forms to help Hunters for the Hungry.   
To ensure that flood insurance remains affordable, Schexnayder successfully joined with members of the legislature to urge congress to make changes to the flood insurance reform act.  
He was named a Legis Gator Business Champion in 2012, 2014 and 2015. In 2012 and 2014, the Louisiana Family Forum recognized him as a Family Advocate and the Louisiana Federation of Children named him an Education Choice Champion in 2014 and 2015. 
“I have been recognized as an advocate for businesses and families. As a father and grandfather, as well as a business owner, I understand the people and places of District 81. With a firm grasp of the issues we face, I will continue to be an effective voice for you in state government,” Schexnayder said. “I’d appreciate your support.”
Schexnayder attended school in St. Amant and graduated from French Settlement High School. He is also a graduate of Allen Institute of Atlanta, earning certification in Automotive Service Excellence.  
Since 1998, Schexnayder has owned and operated Car Craft Automotive in Sorrento. His business background includes nearly a decade of work with Firestone as a certified mechanic and manager. Schexnayder drove and worked with IMCA/UMP modified race cars in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Schexnayder and his wife Phoebe Keller Schexnayder have four children, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and four grandsons. They are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in French Settlement and Pine Grove Baptist Church in Bayou Barbary. Schexnayder’s parents are Perry and Dorothy Demars Schexnayder. For many years, his grandfather, Harold “Pocahontas” Schexnayder, worked throughout the district as a game warden with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Schexnayder is involved in numerous local community activities. He vice chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, a member of Ascension Sportsmen Against Poachers, the National Rifle Association and the Coastal Conservation Association.
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