Benton Republican Michael “Duke” Lowrie will announce Wednesday he is seeking election to represent Dist. 8 in the Louisiana House of Representatives.
Lowrie plans to use his record of job creation and his service as a firefighter, paramedic, and an active leader of the Republican Party as his platform.
District 8 covers most of Bossier Parish.
Lowrie made his announcement via video on his State Representative campaign page Thursday.
“Louisiana is the most beautiful, unique state in America. We have lakes, bayous, and rivers that boast some of the most robust hunting, fishing, and commerce in this nation,” said Lowrie. “However, our state and legislature are in desperate need of conservative leadership – leadership that will stand for life, fight against additional taxes, and work to expand our 2nd Amendment gun rights. If elected, I will not just stand in the Baton Rouge crowd. I will stand for the ideals we value in Bossier, even if that means I am standing alone.”
As a lifelong resident of Bossier Parish, Lowrie served as a firefighter for 20 years in the Bossier City Fire Department, receiving multiple unit citation awards for saving lives. Lowrie has also served as a certified Emergency Medical Technician for 25 years.
“About 20 years ago, while I was serving as a firefighter, I remember delivering a premature baby in a parking lot in an emergency situation,” said Lowrie. “Holding that fragile life in the palm of my hand proved It doesn’t matter how small or vulnerable a life is, it is precious and deserves to be protected at all costs.”
Lowrie is also Co-owner of Acadiana Mortgage, Acadiana Farms, and Acadiana Energy.
“Starting a business in a little like drinking water from a firehose,” Lowrie said. “You are the accountant, the salesperson, the electrician, the plumber, and the janitor. And, on top of that, both the state and federal governments place more and more taxes and regulations on our small businesses each year. I am running so we can reverse that trend. We need to lessen taxes and regulations on our small businesses. If we do, we will see an economic and jobs revitalization in Louisiana!”
In addition to both Lowrie’s service and business experience, he has been extremely involved with conservative, sportsmen, and religious organizations. Lowrie was first elected to the Republican State Central Committee and the Bossier Parish Republican Parish Executive Committee (PEC) and re-elected again this year. On the Bossier Republican PEC, Lowrie currently serves as Vice Chairman. He has also served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012 and as a Statewide Trump Delegate in July. He is a Founding Member and Past Chairman of the Northwest Chapter of the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, a Life Member of the NRA for more than 20 years, and a member of Gun Owners of America. He is also a member of Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), the Louisiana Homebuilders Association, Bossier Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Lastly, he has helped serve armed forces members on the Military Affairs Council.
An email announcement proclaimed Lowrie as “a true conservative, (who) is committed to voting against taxes and will advocate finding ways to reduce the size of Louisiana’s growing budget.” Lowrie is pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-school choice, and believes the best way for government to empower Louisianians is to “get out of the way.”
Lowrie has been married to Kara Herriage Lowrie since 1997. They have three children – Sydni , Alexis, and Alexander. They live in Benton, and enjoy hunting and fishing. The Lowrie family are active members of Bellaire Baptist Church.
The election for District 8 state representative is expected to be held on March 25.