Jeff Landry is the Attorney General of Louisiana and is dedicated to protecting our freedoms, our families, and the rule of law.
One of four children raised in a middle class, St. Martinville family – Jeff Landry grew up through Louisiana’s oil bust – teaching him personally the effects that a bad economy can have on a family, particularly in a small town.
Jeff watched his school teacher mother and architect father work hard and sacrifice even more to ensure their children had the best education possible. Greatly respecting these sacrifices, Jeff joined the Louisiana National Guard while still in high school. Understanding that hard work and determination will prevail over any bad situation – he awoke early each day to work in Louisiana’s sugar cane fields, as his first job out of high school.
Jeff worked his way through college as a police officer and a sheriff’s deputy. He experienced the necessity of protecting our communities and ensuring the law is faithfully executed by our elected officials, the Attorney General’s office, and the courts. As a veteran, he faithfully upheld the oath to protect our civil liberties while keeping our communities safe.
Jeff served as an aide in the Louisiana State Senate, where he learned firsthand that many solutions to our problems can be found from listening to the voices of the people not just from listening to the debate of politicians.
As a young entrepreneur, Jeff and a friend started an oil and gas environmental service company. Recognized for his success in business, Jeff was selected to serve as the Executive Director of the St. Martin Parish Economic Development Authority. As director, he was instrumental in recruiting a Fortune 500 company to the Parish. By leveraging local resources, he helped to create thousands of jobs and to spur the ever-increasing, pro-job growth economic energy corridor on Louisiana’s Hwy 90.
Understanding the importance of a quality education, Jeff at a later age went back to school – Law School, starting part-time at Southern University then finishing his law degree at Loyola University.
Upon earning his juris doctorate, Jeff returned to Acadiana – where as a business attorney in Lafayette, he spent his days in the legal trenches helping employers create jobs. Utilizing his background in economic development, Jeff helped small and large businesses navigate the complexities of our legal environment. He has argued cases in front of judges in South Louisiana.
In 2010, frustrated and determined that the country was headed in the wrong direction under leaders like Nancy Pelosi, Jeff successfully ran for Congress. In 2012 – facing a redistricting map that only included a fraction of his constituents – Landry ran again to highlight the problems caused by out-of-control spending and a federal debt threatening our nation’s future.
For his decision to put conservative principles ahead of politics and by standing up to both parties, Jeff Landry was called the “only honest man in Washington” by the respected national newspaper The Examiner.
As one of Louisiana’s Congressmen – Jeff became known as a ferocious advocate of the Constitution, a leader on national energy policy emphasizing increased domestic oil and gas production, an activist for conservative family values, and a promoter of true reductions in wasteful government spending.
As a result of Jeff’s work, the National Journal ranked him as the 4th most conservative member of the entire United States House of Representatives during his time in Congress. At the same time, Jeff cast more bipartisan votes than any other Congressman from Louisiana – proving you can work across the aisle to get things done without compromising your principles.
Jeff is a veteran of Desert Storm and left the military with the rank of Sergeant. He received the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a National Defense Ribbon, an Overseas Training Ribbon and the Louisiana War Cross from his eleven years of service as a member of the Louisiana National Guard.
Jeff loves Louisiana’s natural resources. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he cherishes the rich heritage that Louisiana provides for those that enjoy the outdoors.
Jeff is a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, National Environmental Professionals, World Billfish Foundation, Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Sustainable Resources with a Minor in Biology from the University of Southwestern Louisiana – knowledge he uses to support Louisiana’s energy industry.
Jeff is the son of Al and Edna Landry and the son-in-law of Tommy and Mary Carol LeBlanc, owners of a successful national tool business based in New Iberia.
Jeff and his wife, Sharon, are raising their son, J.T., in South Louisiana.