State Rep. Simone Champagne To Resign, Join Youngsville Leadership Team
State Rep. Simone Champagne has announced her plans to resign from her House seat by the end of the year.
Champagne said she would join the leadership team of the City of Youngsville as that city's chief administrative officer.
"I am sincerely grateful and humbled to have been asked by my fellow citizens to represent them," Champagne said. "I have tried to do so diligently and assertively."
Champagne had announced in June of 2013 that she would not seek re-election in 2015 but that she still intended to publicly serve in some capacity.
"You do not have to have a title to be a leader," she said at the time.
Champagne is currently in her second, four-year term representing Iberia and Vermilion Parishes. She unsuccessfully fought to place term limits on statewide elected officials and limits on state government spending.
Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter said he was excited to have Champagne join his team and that her "knowledge and experience will serve the residents of Youngsville well."
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has set a Feb. 21 election date to fill Champagne's seat, with a March 28 runoff if needed.