About the District
Louisiana’s House District 45 lies in the heart of Lafayette Parish, running from just west of Ambassador Caffery to University Avenue, and from Cameron Street to West Bayou Parkway. The district encompasses neighborhoods such as White Subdivision, Fox Chase, the Saint Streets, Mouton Gardens, Bendel Gardens and Greenbriar, and landmarks like the Cajundome, Lafayette Central Park, South Louisiana Community College and several hospitals. It’s a conservative district, with many working families, retail outlets, small and large businesses, restaurants and medical facilities.
Jean-Paul grew up in the district, spending his early childhood near Prairie Elementary where he started school, watching Ambassador Caffery expand to five lanes and caring for horses and rabbits in an open field that is now home to Wal-Mart. He made his first communion at St. Edmond’s Catholic Church, and often attended Mass in the chapel at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital, where his father worked as a Radiologist and showed Jean-Paul how to read x-rays and other cutting edge imaging equipment. He later moved near Girard Park, where Jean-Paul had the freedom to explore not only the park, but UL’s campus, the Oil Center and any place he could access on his bicycle – including the Vermilion River and Hub City Diner for malts on Saturday afternoons. Today he lives near the Oil Center and his family enjoys the same neighborhood hot spots.