U.S. Representative (LA-4)

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jul 15, 2020 - Jul 17, 2020


There are 435 U.S. Representatives in the United States that comprise the House of Representatives, otherwise known as the United States Congress. U.S. Representatives are responsible for drafting and voting on federal laws for the United States. The work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing congressional committees, and in addition there are special committees as well as joint committees (committees with U.S. Representatives and Senators). Federal funding bills originate in the House of Representative, and the House of Representatives is responsible for carrying out impeachment proceedings. Congressional bills, after having been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which begins on Jan. 3 each year. The proceedings of Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and U.S. Representatives have offices in Washington D.C. and their home districts to address concerns of citizens in their districts. The yearly salary for a United States Congressional Representative is $174,000.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required qualifying forms. 2) Complete the required qualifying forms and submit the qualifying forms to the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations. The qualifying forms require either the submission of a qualifying fee or nomination papers. Additional paperwork, such as campaign finance forms, must be filed as well. 3) If you are running for a position contested during the federal election, the qualifying window is from the 3rd Wednesday in July until the following Friday. If you are running for a position contested during the gubernatorial election (state representatives and state senators are elected during this type of election), the filing window takes place from the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August until the following Thursday. Petition signature requirements vary by office. Candidates qualify with the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations. Louisiana has a “jungle” primary system where all candidates regardless of political party affiliation appear on the same primary ballot. The primary for federal positions occurs on the general election date in November. If no candidate attains a majority of the vote during the primary, a Louisiana general election is held the 2nd Saturday in December. The primary for gubernatorial positions is held the 2nd to last Saturday in October and the gubernatorial general is held 4 Saturdays afterwards. If you have any questions or concerns you are encouraged to contact the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations at (225) 922-2486 or visit the Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Operations website: http://www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/BecomeACandidate/Pages/default.aspx.

Submit application to:
Louisiana Secretary of State Elections Division, 8585 Archives Ave, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809, US