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Birthdate: Dec. 23, 1970
Birth Place: St. Martinville, LA, United States
Residence: New Iberia, LA
First Elected: 2010
Jeff Landry was born and raised in St. Martinville, La., and now lives in New Iberia. He earned a bachelor's in environmental and sustainable resources from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a law degree from Loyola University.
Landry owned a business that supported the oil and gas industry in the state and worked as an aide to a former state senator. He also worked as a sheriff's deputy in St. Martin Parish and as a police officer in the Village of Parks.
He was in the Louisiana National Guard for 11 years and calls himself a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, training for deployment overseas but never leaving the United States.
Landry and his wife have a son.
Jeff Landry is a first-term congressman and tea party favorite who has built his reputation in office on a platform largely focused against the policies of President Barack Obama.
He bested a long-time Republican political insider to win the seat in 2010, getting his first elected office. But nearly as soon as he took office, he was struggling to hold onto his seat.
Louisiana lost one of its U.S. House seats after the 2010 census showed the state's population growth didn't keep up with that of the rest of the nation. Landry's district was carved up, and he was forced into the same district as Rep. Charles Boustany, in a remapping that favors Boustany.
The 2012 House race has become a brawl between the two incumbents.
Landry decries federal government spending, complains of the liberal leadership in Washington and takes a hard line stance on illegal immigration. He's positioned himself as a fiscal hawk and a supporter of the tea party movement.
He's drawn attention for his Cajun accent, his quotable statements and his decision to hold up a "Drilling = Jobs" sign pushing for more oil and gas drilling during a speech by President Barack Obama at joint session of Congress.
To win the Republican nomination in Louisiana's 3rd District race in 2010, Landry employed attack-heavy campaigning and called himself the only true Republican in the race. He received much of the support of the GOP hierarchy.
He's repeating similar tactics in the 2012 race, lining up local Republican endorsements and positioning himself as a Washington outsider, even though he's served a term in Congress.
The campaign of his chief opponent, Boustany, describes Landry as an attention-seeking obstructionist who doesn't work to get legislation passed.
Source: Associated Press
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