Buddy Leach, Congressman and Louisiana House Member, Army Veteran, Dies

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Former Louisiana Congressman Anthony Claude ‘Buddy’ Leach Jr. announces his candidacy for governor August 10, 2002, in his hometown of Leesville, La. Leach, an Army veteran who spent a term in the United States House and chaired the Louisiana House Budget Committee before leading the state’s Democratic Party, died Saturday, August 6, 2022, according to a statement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, which did not include a cause of death. He was 88 years old. (Suzan Manuel/The Daily Town Talk via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. — Anthony Claude “Buddy” Leach Jr., who served one term in the U.S. House and headed the Louisiana House Budget Committee before leading the state’s Democratic Party, is dead. He was 88 years old.

Leach died on Saturday, according to a statement from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, which did not include a cause of death.

Leach was elected to the Louisiana House three times beginning in 1968 before winning a term in 1978 at the US House from the state’s 4th District along the Texas border. The Democrat lost his re-election bid in 1980 to Buddy Roemer, who was also a Democrat at the time.

Leach would return for a term at Louisiana House in 1983, as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Leach unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2003 and state treasurer in 1987. His final public role was two years as chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party beginning in 2010.

Leach was born in 1934 in Vernon Parish and served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959.

Edwards said Leach was a strong leader with a big heart who generously supported his wife’s Louisiana First Foundation to help children.

“Buddy Leach has dedicated his life to service to our great state. From the Louisiana Legislature to Congress to his many civic contributions, Buddy has worked to improve the lives of all Louisianans,” Edwards said in a statement. communicated. “When I decided to run for governor, he was one of the first to cheer me on.”

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