|Name||A. Claude "Buddy" Leach, Jr.|
Leesville, Louisiana , United States
|| March 30, 1934
Jun 17, 2015 04:08am
Caucasian - Liberal - Health Care Reform - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro-Labor - Married - Straight -
|Info||Anthony Claude "Buddy" Leach, Jr. (born March 30, 1934), is a wealthy Louisiana lawyer, businessman, farmer, and politician who maintains residences in his native Leesville as well as Lake Charles. Leach served two stints in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1968-1979 and 1984-1988). He represented primarily the area about his native Vernon Parish in western Louisiana along the Texas border. In 1978, Leach was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to succeed the popular Fourth District (northwestern Louisiana) Congressman Joseph David "Joe D." Waggonner, Jr., of Plain Dealing in Bossier Parish. However, Leach survived only a single term, for he was unseated in the 1980 Louisiana general election by his fellow Democrat Charles E. "Buddy" Roemer, III, also of Bossier Parish. |
Thereafter, Leach regained his state House seat in the 1983 jungle primary. He relinquished the seat, however, to run unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 1987. Leach launched a largely self-financed gubernatorial campaign in 2003 but finished in a disappointing fourth place.
"Buddy" and Laura Leach married in 1969. They have two daughters, Mary Leach Warner and Lucy Leach Davenport, and a married son, Claude A. Leach. As of 2006, the Leaches had seven grandchildren. The Leaches supported Kathleen Blanco in the gubernatorial general election. In fact, the Leaches and Blancos were old friends who had originally been supporters of future U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., of Shreveport in the 1971 gubernatorial primary. Governor Blanco appointed Leach to the board of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. In 1994, Governor Edwards had named Laura Leach to the LSU Board of Supervisors, and Governor Murphy J. "Mike" Foster, Jr., the Republican whom Leach hoped to have succeeded, renewed her appointment as a supervisor. Mrs. Leach received a bachelor's degree in business administration from LSU in 1961.
The Leaches have aided schools throughout the University of Louisiana system. They endowed the LSU School of Agriculture and science education at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. They have been patrons of the arts, with Laura having been honored as the largest contributor in southwest Louisiana for several consecutive years. The couple has personally funded the restoration of 5,000 acres of marshland which Leach said was damaged by environmental neglect.
Leach is president and CEO of Sweet Lake Land and Oil Co. and the North American Land Co. in Lake Charles. Leach is the chairman of the Merchants and Farmers Bank in Leesville. He has served as former director of the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children and as the former director of the Louisiana Lions Eye Research Center in New Orleans. Leach is an active member of the Louisiana Cattleman's Association.
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