Butch Gautreaux

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Dudley Anthony "Butch" Gautreaux
Louisiana State Senator from District 21 (effective 2012: Iberia, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes)
In office
2000–2012
Preceded by John J. Siracusa
Succeeded by R. L. "Bret" Allain, II
Louisiana State Representative from District 51 (then Assumption, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes)
In office
1996–2000
Preceded by John J. Siracusa
Succeeded by Carla Blanchard Dartez
Personal details
Born (1947-12-21) December 21, 1947 (age 69)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Marilyn Mire Gautreaux
Alma mater Nicholls State University
Occupation Businessman
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy

Dudley Anthony Gautreaux, known as Butch Gautreaux (born December 21, 1947), is a Democratic former member of the Louisiana State Senate from Morgan City, Louisiana. From 2000 to 2012, he represented Senate District 21; in 2012, the reconfigured district incorporated mostly Republican portions of Iberia, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Lafourche parishes.[1]

Gautreaux won his last election to the Senate in 2007, when he defeated the Republican Clayton D. Diaz, 25,348 (71 percent) to 10,372 (29 percent), at that time the district also included two precincts in St. Martin Parish, since removed from the reconfiguration.[2]

From 1996 to 2000, Gautreaux was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 51 but vacated the post after the single term to run for the Senate.[3] In the 1995 general election, Gautreaux defeated the Democrat-turned-Republican Joe Harrison, 8,457 votes (69 percent) to 3,809 ballots (31 percent).[4] Harrison was subsequently elected in 2007 to House District 51 and still holds the seat.

Background[edit]

Gautreaux attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, he served from 1967 to 1972 in the United States Navy. He is active in Rotary International, having been secretary of the Morgan City chapter. Gautreaux has served as vice president of marketing for Marsianin Industrial Contractors LLC in Morgan City and administrator for Arabie Trucking Services LLC in Thibodaux.[5]

Race for lieutenant governor[edit]

Gautreaux sought the lieutenant governorship of Louisiana in a 2010 special election occasioned by the resignation of incumbent Mitch Landrieu when Landrieu became mayor of New Orleans. In a field of eight candidates Gautreaux, who had the official endorsement of the Louisiana AFL-CIO,[6] polled 4 percent of the vote, he then endorsed fellow Democrat Caroline Fayard in the runoff against the frontrunner, the Republican Jay Dardenne, a former State Senate colleague of Gautreaux's.[7] Dardenne won a full term as lieutenant governor in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011.

Gautreaux was term-limited in the state Senate and ineligible to run in the October 22 primary, his successor is Republican R. L. "Bret" Allain, II, who received 14,618 votes (51.4 percent) in the contest with another Republican, Darrin Guidry, who polled 13,846 votes (48.6 percent). No Democrat sought Gautreaux's seat in the revised district.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Gautreaux and his wife, the former Marilyn Mire, are Roman Catholic.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 20, 2007". staticresults.scs.la.gov. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ Gautreaux on Ballotpedia (accessed 2010 October 8).
  4. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 18, 1995". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 24, 2011. 
  5. ^ Gautreaux’s bio in the Louisiana Senate (accessed 2010 October 8).
  6. ^ Tidmore, Christopher (2010-10-11). "Louisiana Lt. Governor's Race: Dardenne vs. Fayard Is Gender, Party, Region Showdown". BayouBuzz News. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Ed (2010-10-08). "Dardenne, Fayard garner ex-rivals' endorsements: Two left in race for lieutenant governor". Times-Picayune (Saint Tammany Edition). p. A3. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  8. ^ See Gautreaux on Peoplesearch (accessed 2010 October 8).
Louisiana Senate
Preceded by
John J. Siracusa
Louisiana State Senator from District 21 (effective 2012: Iberia, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes)

Dudley Anthony "Butch" Gautreaux
2000-2012

Succeeded by
Robert Lebreton "Bret" Allain, II
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Siracusa
Louisiana State Representative from District 51 (Assumption, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes)

Dudley Anthony "Butch" Gautreaux
1996–2000

Succeeded by
Carla Blanchard Dartez