BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Freshman lawmakers from Northeast Louisiana say they're ready to get to work.
The capital was filled with families congratulating their loved ones who had officially been sworn in as louisiana legislators.
Michael Echols, who represents Morehouse and Ouachita parishes in his first term in the state house, says he's focused on economic development and infrastructure improvements. He says he's ready to listen to the needs of his people.
"We've got about two months before the session starts so we'll have some bill filing and things that go on. But right now, it's going to be critical to meet with everybody in my district to talk about the things that are important to them so we can get some good policy going," Echols said.
Stewart Cathey is the freshman senator for District 33. He says he's confident the senators will be able to work towards their common goal of making the state great.
"You know our leadership races have been decided for well over a month. There's been zero contention. Everybody gets along well. Everybody's gonna work well. We all have the same mission which is to do the best thing for the state of Louisiana. That's why I'm looking forward to doing that as well," Cathey said.
The following lawmakers represent Northeast Louisiana in the state legislature.
Patrick Jefferson (D) (Last term)
Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln
Christopher Turner (R)
Jack McFarland (R)
Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Winn
Michael Echols (R)
Foy Gadberry (R)
Frederick Jones (D)
Pat Moore (D)
Francis Thompson (D)
East Carroll, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, West Carroll
Neil Riser (R)
Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, Tensas
C. Travis Johnson (D)
Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Madison, Tensas
Gabe Firment (R)
Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Red River, Winn
Glen Womack (R)
Stewart Cathy, Jr. (R)
Katrina Jackson (D)
Jay Morris (R)