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Blake Miguez

Blake John Miguez

Louisiana State Representative
for District 49 (Iberia and
Vermilion parishes)​
Incumbent
Assumed office 
February 2015​
Preceded by Simone Champagne

Louisiana House Majority Leader
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 13, 2020
Preceded by Lance Harris

Born November 21, 1981​
Lafayette, Louisiana
Nationality American​​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ashley Nicole Miguez
Children Julianna Jolié Miguez (born 2015)

Parents:
Steven Joseph and Glenda Neuville Miguez

Residence New Iberia, Louisiana
Occupation Businessman; Attorney

Competitive marksman ​

Religion Roman Catholic

Blake John Miguez (born November 21, 1981) is a Republican state representative for District 49, encompassing Iberia and Vermilion parishes in south Louisiana. He won a special election on February 21, 2015, to succeed Simone Champagne, who resigned to become the chief administrative officer for the city of Youngsville in Lafayette Parish.​

On January 13, 2020, Miguez became the House Majority Leader, succeeding Lance Harris of Alexandria, a candidate for Louisiana's 5th congressional district seat. Sherman Mack, an attorney in Livingston Parish, was nominated as the apparent new Speaker to succeed the term-limited Taylor Barras, also of New Iberia,[1] but twenty-three Moderate Republican House members joined with thirty-five Democrats to install Moderate Republican Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish as the new Speaker. Radio commentator Moon Griffon dubbed the twenty-three recalcitrant Republican representatives as the Fraud Squad.[2]

Background

Miguez graduated in 1999 from Catholic High School in New Iberia. In 2004, he completed studies in political science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 2008, he received his law degree from the historically black Southern University Law Center, also in Baton Rouge.[3][4]

Though born in Lafayette, Miguez resides in New Iberia. In 2014, he formed the company SeaTran Marine, which is engaged in the petroleum and natural gas industries. He is the president and chief executive officer of the company. From 2008 to 2014, he was the executive vice president of Miguez Fuel, the company of his father, Steven Joseph Miguez (born November 2, 1953). He is also a licensed corporate attorney.[5]

Miguez is a competitive semiprofessional shooter, a grand master of the United States Practical Shooting Association. ​ He began shooting at an early age at a local range with his father. At the age of twelve, he started at USPSA and the International Practical Shooting Confederation. At the age of seventeen, he was a grand master in the use of a Beretta 92F.[6]​He appeared on the History Channel's Top Gun series[7]

Political life

In the first campaign in 2015, Miguez defeated fellow Republican John Robert Bering (born March 1959) of Jeanerette in Iberia Parish, a United States Army veteran who works as a helicopter pilot servicing the Gulf of Mexico. The margin was 93 to 7 percent.[8] In the regular primary for a full legislative term in 2015, Miguez again defeated John Bering, 85-15 percent.[9] ​No one stepped forward to challenge Miguez in the primary held on October 12, 2019, when he won his second full term.

Miguez has served on these House committees: Appropriations, Labor and Industrial Relations, Naural Resources and Environment, and Budget.[5]

References

  1. The Moon Griffon Show, December 17, 2019.
  2. The Moon Griffon Show, January 13, 2020.
  3. Blake Miguez. Intelius.com. Retrieved on December 17, 2019.
  4. Louisiana House Member Page: Blake Miguez. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on December 17, 2019.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Blake Miguez. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on December 17, 2019.
  6. Blake Miguez: USPA Grand Master and Top Shot Competitor. Cheaperthandirt.com (August 11, 2010). Retrieved on December 17, 2019.
  7. Blake Miguez Biography. The History Channel. Retrieved on December 17, 2019.
  8. Mark Ballard. Buddy Amoroso, Darrell Ourso to meet in runoff to represent southeast Baton Rouge in Louisiana House: Republicans vying for seat in Legislature. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on February 22, 2015.
  9. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 24, 2015.

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