Jindal will choose when to have a special election for Alexander's House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
That was fast. Just hours after Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., announced he would leave Congress this week, several local pols publicly indicated their interest in running for the 5th District.
CQ Roll Call broke the news Wednesday afternoon that Alexander will accept an appointment as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet. Alexander’s resignation will be effective Sept. 26, per a news release from Jindal’s office.
Jindal will set the special-election date, according to a spokeswoman in the Louisiana secretary of state’s office. She added that the governor has complete discretion on the timing of a special election as long as the date allows for overseas military ballots to be distributed.
In the meantime, Republicans floated the following names for Alexander’s seat: