Updated: Sep 18, 2018
Mandeville, LA – Before an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, two-term Parish Councilman, one-term State Representative, and local community leader, Reid Falconer (R), announced his candidacy for State Senate - District 11.
During his tenure in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Falconer served on the Commerce, Education, and Labor & Industrial Relations Committees. He was also elected by his peers to serve on the House Appropriations Committee. Additionally, he serves his constituents as a member of the Rural Caucus, serves the Republican Caucus as a member of the Policy Committee, and enjoys welcoming visitors to the Capitol as one of the francophone members of the Legislature. His work in the House has included legislation:
Protecting parents of children with exceptionalities;
Solving issues surrounding access to medical records by specialty courts;
Involving the practice of Architecture in our state; and,
Improving local civil service laws.
Falconer has also worked to improve the communities he represents. He authored legislation affecting Mandeville’s local library, improving Pelican Park, securing St. Tammany’s capital funding for the Safe Haven Project, and implementing drainage improvements in Riverwood and Covington Country Club subdivisions.
For his work serving his constituents, Falconer has been recognized by Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) with its Free Enterprise Award, AIA Louisiana with its President’s Medal, the Louisiana Family Forum with its Outstanding Family Advocate Award, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) with its Guardian of Small Business Award. He was also named a Healthcare Champion by the Louisiana Hospital Association, a Legislative Ally by the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, and selected House Legislator of the Year by the Louisiana Psychological Association.
Falconer, 61, is a licensed architect and holds a real estate broker’s license. Furthermore, he currently serves as president of Cypress Southern Companies, Inc. He holds three degrees from Louisiana State University: a Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Business Administration. Devoted to the development of Louisiana’s next generation of leaders, Falconer has served on the faculty of the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University. Commissioned in 1978, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army.
Committed to professional development, Falconer is a graduate of Leadership St. Tammany West, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, and Leadership Louisiana. He has served with many organizations in the community, including:
Chairman of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce;
District chair of the Louisiana Council of the Urban Land Institute;
Founding Chair of the Northshore Business Council;
President of the Covington Rotary Club; and,
Board member of the West St. Tammany Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity.
A 34-year resident of the Northshore, Falconer and his wife of 37 years, Celeste Gonzales Falconer, a retiree of the St. Tammany Parish School System, have two adult children: Caroline and Drew. The members of his family are active in St. Timothy on the Northshore United Methodist Church.
Falconer will seek the seat currently held by Senator Jack Donahue, who has served Senate District 11 for three terms. Sen. Donahue will not seek re-election since he is term limited. The district consists of areas in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. The qualifying dates for the election will be in September 2019; the primary election will be held in October of that same year.