Congressman Rodney Alexander serves as Senior Director of Federal Affairs for The Picard Group. Alexander brings a wealth of experience and accomplishments from his 42 years in local, state, and federal government. He was first elected as a member of the Jackson Parish Police Jury at the age of 25, where he served as a juror for 15 years, until he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1987.
Alexander was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for 15 years, and during his tenure, served as a member of the Appropriations Committee, Agriculture Committee, House Governmental Affairs Committee, Transportation Committee, and Health & Welfare Committee. He was Chairman of Health & Welfare for seven years where 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 nearly one-third of the State of Louisiana. As a Congressman, he was a member of the Appropriations Committee, Armed Services Committee, and Agriculture Committee. Alexander became a “Cardinal” of the Appropriations Committee, when he was appointed as Chairman of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of Appropriations. During his tenure on the Committee of Appropriations, he served on five subcommittees of Appropriations.
Alexander received favorable ratings from pro-life groups, such as the Right to Life Committee, and also received favorable reviews from business groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. In addition, he had strong support from agricultural groups, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation which gave him a 100 percent rating in 2011, and the Sportsman and Animal Owners Voting Alliance. 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, he served the State of Louisiana as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs from 2013 – 2014. He left this office to enter private practice in governmental relations and consulting.