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Sen. Rick Ward considering potential bid for Louisiana governor in 2023

By: - October 18, 2021 6:16 pm
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The Louisiana Capitol Building, April 8, 2021. (Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator).

Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, is considering running for governor in 2023. 

Ward isn’t a declared candidate “as of today,” but is having ongoing discussions with his family about potentially running for Louisiana’s highest office, he said.

“If I were to become a candidate, I would certainly hope to have not just one particular group supporting me, but a lot of groups,” Ward said at a Press Club of Baton Rouge event. “What I have shown in my time in the legislature is that I’ll work with anybody and everybody, as long as we’re trying to work toward the right thing.”


Ward was elected to the Louisiana Senate in 2011, and switched from being a Democrat to a Republican in 2013. He is currently in the middle of his third term and would be ineligible to run for reelection in 2023.

Ward would potentially be up against other Republican leaders in the state such as Attorney General Jeff Landry, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and State Senate GOP leader Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell.


The current Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards, won reelection in 2019 after defeating Republican businessman Eddie Rispone with about 51% of the vote. He is unable to run for office again. Governors in Louisiana are limited to just two consecutive four-year terms.

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JC Canicosa
JC Canicosa

JC Canicosa is an award-winning journalist at The Louisiana Illuminator. Canicosa has previous experience at Investigate-TV and The Loyola Maroon and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Loyola University New Orleans. At Loyola, he was the senior staff writer at The Maroon and the president of the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Off the clock, Canicosa enjoys playing basketball, watching movies and dabbling in comedy writing.