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Bourriaque announces candidacy

Cameron Parish Administrator Ryan Bourriaque announced his candidacy Tuesday, Nov. 13, for State Representative, District 47 in the Special Election to replace State Senator-elect Bob Hensgens. The Special Election is set to be called in early 2019.

A native of Grand Chenier, Bourriaque has spent decades working with and for parishes and municipalities, providing strength and stability by helping to secure and administer millions in federal funding for hurricane recovery, coastal restoration, drainage and other essential needs. District 47 stretches across coastal Southwest Louisiana, including Cameron, Vermilion and Calcasieu Parishes, and Bourriaque hopes to continue his service to this critical corner of the state in the Louisiana Legislature.

Bourriaque currently serves as the Cameron Parish Administrator for the Cameron Parish Police Jury, where he oversees all functions of parish government. He first began working in Cameron Parish after Hurricane Rita devastated his community, administering state and federal grant programs totaling nearly $200 million as Assistant Planner for the Police Jury. With his experience in administering federal funds, he was hired by a private consulting firm, Minvielle & Associates of Abbeville to provide support to more than 30 Louisiana municipalities and six parishes by overseeing their grant administration. After his time in Abbeville, he returned to Cameron Parish as its Parish Administrator.

Bourriaque attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Agricultural Economics with a concentration in Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Policy, both from Louisiana State University. He has held several Board of Director seats including the Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority, past Chairman of the Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development, the Organization of Parish Administrative Officials, the Louisiana Sea Grant Advisory Council, the Sowela Foundation Board, Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana, Cameron Lion’s Club, and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the St. Eugene Catholic Church Pastoral Council.

He is married to Megan LaGrange Bourriaque, and has three daughters, Rylee, 8, Remi, 5, and Rorie, 1. Bourriaque and his family make their home in Grand Chenier.

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