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Ruston lawmaker exiting Louisiana House for state legal job

September 25, 2018

MONROE, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana lawmaker said Tuesday that he’s resigning his state House seat to work for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Ruston Republican Rep. Rob Shadoin tells The News-Star he will work as deputy counsel in the agency under another former lawmaker, Secretary Jack Montoucet.

Shadoin, in his second term representing Lincoln and Union parishes, said his resignation will take effect Oct. 8.

He is one of the most moderate Republicans in the House, often at odds with members of his party. He’s been a consistent ally of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, supporting Edwards since the 2015 election.

Shadoin says he’d been talking with Montoucet about the job for months, but waited to leave the House until lawmakers stabilized state finances. He cited 10 legislative sessions since 2016 as taking their toll on his solo law practice.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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