Republican Rep. Clay Schexnayder (R-Gonzales) has been elected as Speaker in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Schexnayder beat fellow nominee Republican Rep. Sherman Mack by a vote of 60-45. Mack had been endorsed by the Louisiana GOP while Schexnayder was notably endorsed by Governor John Bel Edwards.


The vote came minutes after new members of the House were sworn-in. Governor Edwards is due to be sworn-in this morning at a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol.

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