Neil Riser represents the Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Independent taxpayers of District 32 as a member of the Louisiana Senate. The district stretches from Monroe to Alexandria to the Greater Baton Rouge area, encompassing much of central and Northeastern Louisiana and a small part of the Florida parishes.
Senator Riser is a rock-solid conservative who has been unafraid to challenge the status quo and stand up to the political establishment.
He is best known as the author of Louisiana’s Second Amendment, a constitutional amendment passed by the state’s voters in 2012 giving Louisiana citizens the strongest gun rights in America. Neil Riser is steadfastly pro-gun and anti-tax, and has been called the most conservative member of the state legislature.
Neil is 100% pro-life, supports traditional marriage, and has fought for parental choice in education. He believes in the free market. He has been honored by the NRA, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Louisiana Family Forum and many other conservative and good government organizations. Senator Riser is a strong defender of the United States Constitution.
Hartwell Neil Riser, Jr. is 54 years old. He was born in 1962 in Columbia, Louisiana to Hartwell Riser, Sr. (1934–1985), and the former Lillian Gore, now Mrs. Lillian R. Gentry of Monroe, wife of Herschel Gentry, Jr.
Neil began logging at age 14 and worked in the timber industry until age 23, taking breaks to attend school. He graduated from Caldwell High School in 1980. Louisiana’s former Governor, John McKeithen, and former Secretary of State, Fox McKeithen, were also from Columbia and were family friends.
Neil earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1984 from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe).
He is president and owner of Riser Funeral Home. The Riser family has operated the business since 1934.
He also serves as a board member of Caldwell Bank and Trust. He is a past president of Pelican State Life Insurance Company.
Neil is married to the former Vicki Smith, the daughter of Glenn and Carolyn Smith of the Fort Necessity community in Franklin Parish. She taught at River Oaks School in Monroe. Neil and Vicki have two daughters, Emilie and Allison.
Riser served as a member of the Republican State Central Committee during the late 1990’s and became increasingly concerned about the direction of our nation. A few years later, he decided to become a citizen candidate for Louisiana Senate in what many considered a “long-shot” bid. He worked hard for 25 months and ultimately won the race.
He was elected to the Louisiana Senate in November 2007, the first Republican elected in modern times in the heavily Democratic district.
He has since worked closely with constituents of all political parties to fairly represent everyone in District 32. He has an open door policy and fights to protect children and the poor and elderly–those who may have a difficult time protecting themselves. He has fought hard to keep taxes low and to reform and improve education, key promises he made in his first election.