Hammond Lawmaker Resigns, Saying He Wants To Focus On Family

Special election has not been set
Louisiana House of Representatives
Rep. Chris Broadwater

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker from southeast Louisiana has stepped down, saying the job is taking too much time away from his family.

Rep. Chris Broadwater of Hammond sent a letter Monday to House colleagues, telling them he'd submitted his resignation to Speaker Taylor Barras on Friday.

Broadwater, a lawyer, was elected to office in 2011 to represent Tangipahoa Parish. He had a seat on the important House tax committee and served as vice chairman of the labor committee.

But the father of four daughters described finding a balance between the Legislature and his home life to be "elusive." He wrote: "It is time for me to refocus my attention on the wonderful family with which I have been blessed."

It wasn't immediately clear when a special election would be set.

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