Jay Suire is an accomplished attorney, respected former broadcaster, and civic leader in Crowley, and a Republican candidate for the Louisiana House of Representatives, District 42.
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
Jay was raised in Crowley by his aunt and grandmother, who instilled in him the value of hard work and a sense of personal responsibility for those in need. They lived across the street from Redemptorist Catholic School, where Jay and his grandmother cleaned the church weekly to help with tuition. While a student at Notre Dame High School of Acadia Parish, Jay worked side jobs at a local grocery store and KSIG Radio as an on-air host. He continued working at several local radio stations while studying political science at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette), where he attended on an academic scholarship. He graduated in 1997, and in 2000 earned his Juris Doctorate at Tulane Law School.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACHIEVEMENTS
Jay’s respect for the law can be traced to his grandfather, a police officer killed in the line of duty. As a practicing attorney and former Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Department, he knows the effects laws passed in Baton Rouge have in his community.
Passionate about that community, Jay has worked to support the local rice industry and served as both President and Co-Chairman of the International Rice Festival. He has a long history with the Republican Party, and was elected to serve multiple terms on the Acadia Parish Republican Executive Committee. He also had the pleasure of volunteering for the White House Advance Team for Louisiana under President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
Jay is a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Crowley, where he serves as a lector. He is married to Laurie Myers Suire, President & CEO of the economic development organization OneAcadia. They live in Crowley with their three sons: Grant, Harrison and Reagan, and try to teach their sons the same service-driven values they share.
Jay is pro-life and pro-gun. He and Laurie are the founders and benefactors of a charitable giving fund through the Community Foundation of Acadiana that supports performing arts, children’s charities, Catholic education, families of fallen police officers and paralyzed veterans. They have established scholarships for high school students in the performing arts, a passion of Jay’s. A frequent performer in local stage productions, Jay is best known for his portrayal of Huey Long in the one-man play, “The Kingfish”. He lends his talents to countless local organizations as an announcer, auctioneer and keynote speaker. In running to represent District 42 at the State Legislature, he truly hopes to continue to be the voice of his community.
- International Rice Festival, Co-Chairman, Past President
- O.P.S. – Concerns of Police Survivors, supporter
- Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, Past Grand Knight, Council 5499
- Former Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, commissioned in 2005
- Krewe of Town Revelers, Co-Captain
- Carnival D’Acadie, founding committee
- Boy Scouts of America, Evangeline Area Council, volunteer
- Cub Scout Pack 347, Crowley, volunteer
- Crowley Chamber of Commerce, member
- Rayne Chamber of Commerce, member
- OneAcadia, partner
- Grand Opera House of the South, Vice Chairman of the Board
- LeadershipEXCEL, Class of 2012
- Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana, Class of 2013
- St. Michael School Board and Advisory Council President
- St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church Parish Pastoral Council, 2008-2011
- National Rifle Association, member
- Ducks Unlimited, member and local banquet emcee and auctioneer
- Acadia Parish Republican Executive Committee, elected to serve multiple terms
- White House Advance Team – President George H.W. Bush, 1992