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Jay Luneau

Wendell Jay Luneau
Member of the Louisiana Senate
from the 29th district
Assumed office
January 2016
Preceded by Rick Gallot
Personal details
Born December 1962
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Carman St. Amant Luneau
Children Two chidlren
Residence Alexandria, Rapides Parish
Louisiana, USA
Alma mater

Pineville High School
Louisiana Tech University

Southern University Law Center
Profession Attorney
Religion Southern Baptist

Wendell Jay Luneau, known as Jay Luneau or W. Jay Luneau (born December 1962),[1] is a Democratic attorney in Alexandria, Louisiana, who is an incoming member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 29, which encompasses the African-American portions of seven parishes: Bienville, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Rapides, and Winn.

In the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 24, 2015, Luneau, who is white, defeated an African-American Republican candidate, attorney and Baptist minister Joshua Joy Dara, Sr. (born March 1959 in Nigeria). Dara, his wife, and five children reside in Pineville, where he is the pastor of the 3,000-member Zion Hill Church.[2][3][4] Luneau polled 13,462 votes (59.3 percent) to Dara's 9,225 (40.7 percent).[5] The position opened when the African-American Democrat lawyer Rick Gallot of Ruston, who previously served as well in the Louisiana House of Representatives, did not seek a second term.

Luneau graduated from Pineville High School, Louisiana Tech University in Ruston in 1986, and the historically black Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge in 1992. He has also taught on an adjunct basis at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.[6]

Luneau has been a member of the Alexandria Bar Association since 1992. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria and a former trustee of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in downtown Alexandria. He is a volunteer at the Renaissance Home for Youth. He and his wife, the former Carman St. Amant, have two sons, Merritt and Wendell, Jr.[7]


  1. ^ "Wendell Luneau, December 1962".  
  2. ^ "Joshua Dara, March 1959". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved September 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "About Joy Dara Ministries". Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Richard P. Sharkey (September 9, 2015). "Qualifying Update".  
  5. ^ "Results for Election Date: 10/24/2015". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "About Us: W. Jay Luneau". Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Richard P. Sharkey (August 14, 2015). "Jay Luneau running for Senate District 29 seat". The Alexandria Town Talk. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
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