Barry Ivey

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Barry Dee Ivey​


Louisiana State Representative for
District 65 (East Baton Rouge Parish)​
In office
March 2013​ – ​
Preceded by Clifton Russell "Clif" Richardson​

Born November 16, 1979​
Central City, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Julie Marie Reinninger Ivey (married c. 1998)​
Children Four children
Residence Central City, Louisiana​
Alma mater Central (Louisiana)
High School​

Louisiana State University

Occupation Businessman
Religion Non-denominational Christian

Barry Dee Ivey (born November 16, 1979)[1] is a businessman from suburban Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican state representative for District 65. he first won his seat in a special election held on March 2, 2013, to succeed the ailing Republican Clifton Russell "Clif" Richardson (born 1944), who resigned the seat.​

Background

Ivey graduated from Central High School in his native Central City, a growing suburban area in East Baton Rouge Parish. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Science in finance from Louisiana State University in the capital city. He is the president of Pinnacle Precision Services LLC, which provides piping and mechanical services mostly to the nuclear power industry.[2]

Ivey is a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee. A non-denominational Christian, he is a member of longstanding of Victory Harvest Church in Baton Rouge. He and his wife, the former Julie Marie Reinninger (also born 1979), whom he married c. 1998, have four children.[3]

Legislative career

Special election

A newcomer to politics at the time of his legislative election, Ivey defeated fellow Republican Scott Wilson, a member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council, to fill the seat vacated by Clif Richardson, a Republican legislator from Greenwell Springs, who stepped down in November 2012 because of cancer.[4]

Former State Representative Woody Jenkins, chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Executive Committee, said that the panel endorsed Ivey because he is "strongly pro-life and is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. ... His priority is to cut the state budget to eliminate waste, fraud and low priority programs."[5] Ivey described himself as an "ordinary citizen who is very concerned about the direction of our government and the erosion of our freedom. I will oppose the growth of government ... and protect the freedoms of the people of District 65 from slowly eroding."[5] In the campaign, Ivey said that he has "the temperament and experience to work with other legislators to deliver concrete results for our district."[3]

Opponent Scott Wilson noted that he and Ivey are "very similar in nature ... as far as being conservative, but I just think I have more experience." Wilson had just been reelected in 2012 without opposition to his second four-year term on the Metro Council.[5]​ Ivey spent $50,000 of his own money in the race; Wilson received more than $30,000 in donations from 43 contributors. The candidates spent mostly on signs, mailers, and telephone systems to reach voters.[5] Ivey received 2,202 votes (53 percent); Wilson, 1,954 (47 percent).[6]

Policy positions

Representative Ivey serves on the House committees of: (1) Education, (2) Retirement, and (3) Transportation, Highways, and Public Works.

Ivey opposes abortion in all circumstances except to save the life of the woman giving birth in a medical emergency, but Wilson supports exceptions in the cases of impregnation from rape and incest. Ivey noted his friendship with the strongly pro-life Representative Valarie Hodges, a Republican from Denham Springs in Livingston Parish in neighboring District 64; the two were once on a church mission trip together.[7]

In the 2013 legislative session, Ivey citing an excessive tax burden that discourages business growth in Louisiana, proposed a measure to phase out the state income tax over a ten-year period, with another bill to end the tax over five years, with special provisions for residents aged sixty-five and older. However, Representative Joel Robideaux of Lafayette, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said that such phase-out proposals are not "a prudent thing to do. The budget is not stable enough to just take money out of it.”[8]​ ​ As a freshman legislator, Ivey authored the law signed by Republican then Governor Bobby Jindal which allows for a lifetime permit for individuals to carry concealed weapons. The legislation still requires holders of such permits to undergo safety retraining at least every five years. The permit is available only to Louisiana residents; those who move out-of-state would forfeit the lifetime permit.[9]

Only five months into his first term in the state House, Ivey was listed by political analyst John James Maginnis (1948-2014) as a potential candidate in 2014 for Louisiana's 6th congressional district, the office being vacated by Republican Bill Cassidy, who instead successfully challenged Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a candidate for a fourth term.[10] However, Ivey ultimately did not run for Congress, and Republican Garret Graves was elected to the seat, a post which he still holds. ​ In the spring of 2012, Ivey was elected to fill the seat for House District 65 on the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, a 144-member body which meets periodically in Baton Rouge.[11]

Ivey joins Democrats in choosing House Speaker

Ivey was unopposed for his second full term in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 12, 2019.

Despite his conservative votes on past issues, Ivey on January 13, 2020, his first day as a state representative for his second full term, was among twenty-three Republican lawmakers, known as the Fraud Squad, who voted for the Moderate Republican Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish, whose election as House Speaker depended heavily on the votes of thirty-five Democratic lawmakers along with the two Independent legislators, and the Republican dissenters. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, Jindal's successor, made contacts on behalf of Schexnayder, who defeated the more conservative Representative Sherman Mack, 60 to 45.[12]

The radio broadcaster Moon Griffon is a long-time critic of Ivey, who he calls "Bel-Boy," because of Ivey's "sycophantic" support for Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.[13]

In the election held on December 5, 2020, Ivey prevailed with 56 percent of the vote over two opponents in the low-turnout race for his additional position as a member of the Republican State Central Committee for the 6th state senatorial district, Division E.[14]

References

  1. Barry Ivey. Mylife.com. Retrieved on February 1, 2020.
  2. Barry Ivey. Louisiana House of Representatives (August 26, 2013). Retrieved on February 1, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Barry Ivey Announces Candidacy for District 65 State Representative. Central Speaks: Good News for a Great City (November 21, 2012). Retrieved on February 1, 2020.
  4. Lauren McGaughy, "Baton Rouge businessman Barry Ivey wins special House election," The New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 2, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Sheila V. Kumar, "East Baton Rouge Parish Republicans endorse Barry Ivey for District 65 seat," The New Orleans Times-Picayune, February 22, 2013.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, March 2, 2013.
  7. Mark Ballard (March 2, 2013). "Voter turnout expected to be light in House 65 contest Saturday". The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on February 1, 2020.
  8. Tyler Bridges (April 15, 2013). Collapse of Jindal plan spawns unfunded schemes to phase out income tax. The Louisiana Weekly. Retrieved on February 1, 2020.
  9. "Jindal signs lifetime concealed-carry permit into law," WWL.com, May 31, 2013.
  10. John Maginnis (August 23, 2013). Lapolitics: Clyde Holloway splashes on 5th District race. Businessreport.com. Retrieved on February 1, 2020.
  11. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, March 24, 2012.
  12. The Moon Griffon Show, January 23, 2020.
  13. The Moon Griffon Show, August 19, 2020}}
  14. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, December 5, 2020.

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