- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana lawmaker is stepping down from his House seat to focus his attention on his run for state treasurer.

Republican Rep. John Schroder’s resignation takes effect June 19.

The businessman from Covington has been in the House for nine years and has been an outspoken critic of Louisiana’s budgeting practices. On the House floor Tuesday, Schroder gave some budget advice to his colleagues: “Treat every penny like a dollar. Don’t spend more than what you have.”

He is one of three GOP state lawmakers who have announced they are running for treasurer in the Oct. 14 election, including Sen. Neil Riser and Rep. Julie Stokes.

The seat is open because Republican John Kennedy was elected to the U.S. Senate. Ron Henson, Kennedy’s top assistant, is interim state treasurer.

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