BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two Louisiana republicans with strong Baton Rouge ties helped cement the republican control of congress on the first day they took office.
Newly elected US Senator Bill Cassidy officially took the oath of office today replacing defeated incumbent Mary Landrieu, who leaves the Senate after 18 years of service. This is the first time in more than a hundred years that two republicans represent the people of Louisiana in the United State Senate.
"It's basically become a state where white democrats are extinct as far as public office holders,” Political analyst Jim Engster said.
“The only one left in a regional office in Louisiana is Foster Campbell, a public service commissioner."
Republican Garret Graves also took the oath of office today, but as a new member of the US House of Representatives.
Graves beat longtime democrat, former governor, and Louisiana political all-star Edwin Edwards. Graves 6
Congressional district is heavily republican, but its heart is Baton Rouge which voted mostly democrat.
"Mary Landrieu on her worst day, last month, still carried East Baton Rouge parish by a fairly substantial margin over Bill Cassidy beating him in his hometown," Engster said.