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Senator John A. Alario  -  District 8


Senator Alario, now in his second term as the State Senator of District 8, is the current Senate President, having been chosen by his fellow Senators for the leadership post at the beginning of the 2012-2016 legislative term. The Dean of the Louisiana Legislature previously served nine terms as the State Representative for House District 83, including two terms as Speaker of the House, from 1984-1988 and from 1992-1996. The second in Louisiana and fifth in the nation to hold the top leadership post in both the House and the Senate, Senator Alario is the only Louisiana legislator to serve as House Speaker twice and as President of the Senate.

As Senate President, Senator Alario serves as a member of the State Bond Commission, the Revenue Estimating Conference, and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget and is an ex-officio non-voting member of all standing Senate Committees. During his first term in the Senate, Senator Alario chaired the Select Committee on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control, and was a member of the Senate Finance, Commerce, and Judiciary B Committees, the State Bond Commission, and the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

During his service in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Senator Alario served as Chairman of the Appropriations, Ways and Means, and House Executive Committees, as well as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, and Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay. He also served as a member of the Natural Resources, Retirement, House and Governmental Affairs, Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, Commerce, and Judiciary Committees, and the State Bond Commission, Interim Emergency Board, Revenue Estimating Conference, Legislative Budgetary Control Council, Joint Committee on Charities, House Legislative Services Council, Special Committee on Homeland Security, and the Louisiana Recovery District.

Senator Alario has four children and five grandchildren. He is a 1965 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, and the West Jefferson High School Class of 1961. He was a teacher with the Jefferson Parish School System from 1965-1966, and an Accountant from 1966-1972. Since 1972, he has been a Tax Consultant and owner of John A. Alario, Jr. Income Tax Service.

In 1994, the Louisiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution designating a new committee room addition in the State Capitol as "Alario Hall." This distinction by the membership of the House of Representatives was in recognition of Speaker Alario's efforts and tremendous foresight in spearheading construction of additional committee rooms, in order that the citizens of Louisiana would have a place to offer input and participate in the legislative process.

Senator Alario served on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, the Louisiana International Deep Water Gulf Transfer Terminal Authority, and the American Legislative Exchange Council Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. Other activities include membership in the Knights of Columbus, Westwego Volunteer Fire Department, and the National Society of Public Accountants. He served on the Democratic Executive Committee in Jefferson Parish, and in 1972, he attended the Democratic National Convention in Miami. In 1973, he was elected to the Constitutional Convention, and in 1996 and 2000, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Senator Alario also served on the Board of the Louisiana Epilepsy Association, Task Force for Juvenile Facilities in Jefferson Parish, Development Advisory Board of Archbishop Shaw High School, West Jefferson Metroplex Civic Center Committee, and the Louisiana Kidney Foundation. From 1979 to 1985, he served as Chairman of the Louisiana Exposition Authority.

Senator Alario is the recipient of numerous honors and distinctions for his many years of service, including: The 2014 Children Legislative Champion Award, the 2014 Ullo Cane Award for Support & Advocacy of Louisiana's Blind & Visually Impaired, the 2013 Business Champion/Chamber Southwest Louisiana, the 2013 Champion of Small Business Award from the National Coalition for Capital, the Jefferson Parish Public School System Distinguished Citizen Award, Southeastern Louisiana University Golden Ambassador Award, Chamber of Commerce Business Champion Award, Professional Firefighters Association Outstanding Legislator Award, Police Jury Outstanding Legislator Award, Louisiana State Troopers Association Legislator of the Year Award, Louisiana Federation of Teachers Representative of the Year Award, ARC Association for Retarded Citizens Outstanding Legislator Award, Southeastern Louisiana University Business Alumnus Award, Jefferson Parish Marine Fisheries Loyal Support of Fishing Industry Award, Alliance of Louisiana Developmental Centers Outstanding Legislator Award, Southeastern Louisiana University Distinguished Alumnus Award, Michael J. Yenni Lifetime Democratic Achievement Award, the Hale Boggs Outstanding and Dedicated Service to Community Award, the Waggaman Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, West Jefferson High School Outstanding Alumnus Award, Southeastern Louisiana University Support and Dedication Award, Legislator Champion Award/LATAN, Special Olympics Champion Award, Mervin L. Trail, MD Founder's Award, the Louisiana Family Forum Family Advocate Award, the Right to Life Federation 100% Life Advocate Award for the 2008-2011 legislative sessions, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honorary Membership Award, the Louisiana Truancy Program Champion Award, and the Extra Mile for Persons with Disabilities Leadership Award. Senator Alario is also an inductee into the West Jefferson High School Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame.

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