Stefanski said eyeing run for A.G. seat in 2023
Crowley attorney and state Representative John Stefanski said he will likely run for attorney general in 2023 if incumbent Jeff Landry runs for governor as expected.
Stefanski has reportedly already hired prominent fundraiser Sally Nungesser and consultant Lionel Rainey in anticipation of the race.
The Republican lawmaker first won his House seat in a 2017 special election and said he believes he can make an even bigger impact in a higher office.
“It goes back to why I ran in the first place — a calling to serve,” Stefanski said. “I enjoy my job in the House, but if there’s an opportunity for me to effectuate even more positive change, I want to be in a position to do it.”
Fellow House Republicans Blake Miguez of Erath and Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport are also potential candidates for attorney general if Landry doesn’t seek reelection, though neither has committed.
Landry, who is also an Acadiana Republican, hasn’t officially announced his intention to run for governor in 2023, but he is widely expected to run.
In the meantime, Stefanski’s statewide profile will rise in the coming year as chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, which is to redraw Louisiana’s political boundaries following the 2020 Census.
Because of the redistricting, the House and Governmental Affairs Committee chair and his counterpart in the Senate — Republican Sharon Hewitt of Slidell — are considered to be among the most influential leaders in the Legislature this year.
Their decisions on how to redraw the state’s political boundaries will ultimately determine the fate of many of their colleagues’ political futures as well as the state’s members of Congress.
“It’s an incredibly important job and with it comes an enormous amount of responsibility and pressure, but I’m looking forward to leading a fair process that best benefits the people who are represented by us,” Stefanski said.
There is a chance the redistricting could be disrupted because of the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the final Census results.
“Ideally we will still get the job done this year, but we can’t start the process until we get the numbers back,” Stefanski said.