FROM BestOfNewOrleans.com, 02/26/14 Share
By Kevin Allman
Garret Graves, who recently resigned as chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) and Gov. Bobby Jindal's "coastal czar," confirmed today he'll be running for the 6th District Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Bill Cassidy.
In a statement announcing the decision, Graves said, "We need to get the government out of our healthcare decisions, private communications, economic markets and daily lives. Government is increasingly part of our nation’s problem and it is not bringing forward solutions."
Graves' profile was raised during the 2010 BP oil disaster, and again last year when he emerged as Jindal's point men against an lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) against oil and gas companies.
Seven Republicans and two Democrats already have announced their intention to run for the 6th District seat, and a couple of high-profile others — former Gov. Edwin Edwards and Family Research Council head Tony Perkins — haven't ruled out doing so. The election will be Nov. 4, 2014.
Below the jump: Graves' statement.
GARRET GRAVES ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR CONGRESSIONAL RACE IN LA-6
Brings unique and unequalled experience to race
BATON ROUGE – Today, Garret Graves of Baton Rouge announced his intention to be Louisiana’s 6th District representative in the United States Congress. The Congressional seat will become vacant due to Representative Bill Cassidy running for the U.S. Senate.
“I’m all in,” said Graves, following weeks of soul-searching, family discussion, meeting with community leaders and prayer. “We have a tremendous opportunity as a nation and state. In Louisiana, there is an overwhelming sentiment that we need effective representation to change the direction of Congress.”
Garret Graves previously served as Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA). In six years, Garret replaced decades of repetitive studies, wasteful spending, bloated bureaucracy and red tape with results. In carrying out his vision for hurricane protection, coastal restoration and flood control, the state protected more homes, businesses and jobs than ever before.
With Graves' leadership, state government did more for less.
Every child born today immediately inherits a $1,500,000 share of our national debt over his or her lifetime and that is unconscionable. “We need to get the government out of our healthcare decisions, private communications, economic markets and daily lives. Government is increasingly part of our nation’s problem and it is not bringing forward solutions. We must reverse the trend of subsidizing federal failures,” said Graves.
Graves is a Baton Rouge native and Catholic High graduate. Prior to his time at CPRA, Garret spent his early career focused on achieving beneficial solutions for Louisiana over partisan politics while serving as an advisor to Senators David Vitter and John Breaux, along with Congressman Billy Tauzin.
“While our country is still the best in the world, our children and grandchildren don’t have the same shot at the American Dream as our parents and grandparents did. That is not right. I will not stand on the sidelines. I have a record of eliminating wasteful bureaucracy and getting government back on track, skills that our country needs now more than ever.”
Garret, Carissa and their three children live in Baton Rouge, and attend The Chapel church on LSU campus.