Congressman Rodney Alexander brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments from his 42 years in local, state, and federal government and is currently Partner at The Picard Group. He was a member of the Jackson Parish Police Jury for 16 years and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for 15 years, where he served as a member of the Appropriations Committee and seven years as Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee. As Chairman of Health & Welfare Committee, he shepherded several important pieces of legislation to passage, such as the Rural Hospital Preservation Act, Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the transfer of control of the state charity hospitals to the LSU System.
Alexander was elected as a member of Congress in 2002 and served six terms representing the 5th District in Louisiana. As a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, where he also served as Chairman of the Legislative Branch subcommittee, Alexander was highly recognized for returning money to Louisiana in vital areas such as water projects, infrastructure problems, and secured vital funding for rebuilding the state after the massive destruction from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Alexander received favorable ratings and reviews from pro-life groups, business groups, and strong support from agricultural groups. Alexander was endorsed by Americans for Legal Immigration, Louisiana National Federation of Independent Business, National Federation of Independent Business, Chamber of Commerce, and the National Rifle Association. The National Federation for Independent Business named him a “Guardian of Small Business” to acknowledge his strong voting record in favor of small businesses. On January 30, 2010, Alexander was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, Louisiana.
A native of Quitman, Louisiana, Alexander graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana in Monroe. Alexander served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1965 to 1971, owned a construction company from 1964 to 1988, and was a New York Life insurance agent prior to entering Congress. After leaving Congress, Alexander served the state of Louisiana as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. He left public service in 2014 to join The Picard Group.