Richard G. Neeson

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Richard Grady Neeson, Sr.
Louisiana State Senator from District 38 (Caddo and DeSoto parishes)
In office
1980–1992
Preceded byVirginia Kilpatrick Shehee
Succeeded byRon Bean
Personal details
Born1947
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Sandra Scott Neeson
ChildrenHolly Elaine Neeson Cohen

Amy Neeson
Sarah Sazama
Richard Neeson, Jr.

Residence(1) Shreveport
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

(2) Fort Worth
Tarrant County, Texas

 
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Richard Grady Neeson, Sr.
Louisiana State Senator from District 38 (Caddo and DeSoto parishes)
In office
1980–1992
Preceded byVirginia Kilpatrick Shehee
Succeeded byRon Bean
Personal details
Born1947
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Sandra Scott Neeson
ChildrenHolly Elaine Neeson Cohen

Amy Neeson
Sarah Sazama
Richard Neeson, Jr.

Residence(1) Shreveport
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

(2) Fort Worth
Tarrant County, Texas

Richard Grady Neeson, Sr. (born 1947), is a Democratic former member of the Louisiana State Senate who from 1980 to 1992 represented District 38 in Caddo and DeSoto parishes in northwestern Louisiana.[1]

In 1979, Neeson unseated one-term Democratic Senator Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee, a prominent civic leader and an officer of the Kilpatrick Funeral Home and Life Insurance companies. Neeson was reelected in 1983, when he halted a challenge from former Democratic Senator Cecil K. Carter, Jr., whom Shehee had succeeded in 1975. In 1987, Neeson only narrowly defeated the Republican candidate, Ron Bean of Shreveport, 10,451 (50.2 percent) to 10,373 (49.8 percent).[2] Four years later in 1991, Bean won the seat when Neeson declined to seek a fourth term, having narrowly defeated fellow Republican Tommy G. Armstrong, who had served fifteen years on the Caddo Parish Commission and a year in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Bean served from 1992 to 2004.

During his Senate tenure, Neeson chaired the Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.[3]

In 1986, Neeson introduced legislation to raise the drinking age from eighteen to twenty-one[4] so as not to impair the receipt to the state of up to $30 million in annual federal highway assistance. Neeson's measure lost by a two-vote margin in the state House of Representatives,[5]but the drinking age was later raised in a special session.

Neeson is married to the former Sandra Scott (born 1948). Their children are Holly Elaine Neeson Cohen, Amy S. Neeson Weatherly, Sarah C. Neeson Sazama, and Richard G. Neeson, Jr.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Membership in the Louisiana State Senate, 1880-2008". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved September 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ Louisiana Secretary of State, Election returns, November 21, 1987
  3. ^ "Opinion No. 89-679". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Neeson introduces bill to raise drinking age, punish offenders", Minden Press-Herald, April 7, 1986, p. 1
  5. ^ "Louisiana lost $15 million in federal highway funds to keep drinking age at 18", Minden Press-Herald, July 1, 1986, p. 1
  6. ^ People Search & Background Check
Political offices
Preceded by
Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee
Louisiana State Senator from District 38 (Caddo and De Soto parishes)

Richard Grady Neeson
1980–1992

Succeeded by
Ron Bean