Metairie House Representative Charles Henry resigns


    State Rep. Charles Henry, R-Metairie, resigned Tuesday from the Louisiana House of Representatives a little over a year after being elected to the position. Henry is the brother of state Sen. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, who previously held the same seat.

    “With the birth of my son last spring and the pandemic, like so many Americans, I’ve had to shift priorities. I’ve been thinking and praying about this for the last few months,” Charles Henry said in a written statement about his resignation.

    Both Charles and Cameron Henry previously worked for U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Metairie. Charles Henry served as Scalise’s chief of staff in Congress.

    It’s not clear yet when a special election will be held to fill Henry’s seat. Trial lawyer and Democrat Trey Mustian ran against Henry in 2019, but the district is conservative and Mustian received only 29 percent of the vote.

    In other news, former state Rep. Brett Geymann, a Republican, is the only person who qualified to run for the Lake Charles area seat vacated by Stephen Dwight  — meaning Geymann has essentially already won the race.

    Dwight stepped down because he was elected district attorney of Calcasieu Parish in November. Geymann left the Louisiana House in 2015 after serving 12 years in office. He was forced to retire because of term limits.