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As a husband, father, and state representative, Don Cazayoux understands the values of faith, family and public service. Don grew up in New Roads, Louisiana where he and his family continue to live. His father is still a small business owner in New Roads and his mother is a retired teacher. Don has been married to Cherie for 21 years and together they have three children, Michael, 17, Chavanne, 15, and Katie, 12. The Cazayouxs are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church where Don serves as a lector. 

Don graduated from Catholic of Pointe Coupee in 1982. He went on to earn a BS and an MA from Louisiana State University and a JD from Georgetown Law School. After law school, Don started his career with Chaffe, McCall, Philips, Toler, and Sarpy in Baton Rouge. He then went on to serve as a prosecutor in Pointe Coupee Parish. As a prosecutor, Don never lost a jury trial. He put hundreds of criminals behind bars and fought to crack down on sexual predators who put our community at risk. Don continues to practice law in New Roads. 

Don was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1999 and has served in that capacity for the last 8 years. As one of the only freshmen on the powerful appropriations committee, Don quickly developed a strong understanding of the budget process. This knowledge coupled with his ability to build bipartisan coalitions helped him emerge as a leader in the House. In 2007, Don helped pass historic investments in Louisiana's schools and roads. Don also continued his efforts to crack down on sexual predators by passing laws to give law enforcement the tools they need to keep our community safe. 

Don is currently working closely with the Baton Rouge business community to push stronger ethics disclosure laws for elected officials. He was successful in passing strong ethics laws regarding lobbying the executive branch as well as banning legislators from raising money during the legislative session. Don believes improved infrastructure, better schools and stronger ethics laws are the key to luring new jobs to the state and the region. 

Don is a member and former President of the Lions Club, is an elected member of Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, and a member of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Louisiana State House Acadiana and Rural Delegations. 

As a respected legislator, community leader, and dedicated family man, Don will be an independent voice in Congress abiding by his commitment to better jobs, healthcare, and education and to preserving the Louisiana values so important to our families and communities.

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