Thomas Pressly is a Republican state representative and attorney, who is running for Louisiana State Senate District 38. Pressly is running to replace outgoing state Senator Barry Milligan, who announced he would not seek another term.
“For the past four years, I’ve advocated passionately for the hardworking families of Northwest Louisiana, worked to bring commonsense solutions to the forefront in our state capital, and fought to eliminate the red tape and cronyism that continue to hold our state back. With a new governor and legislative leadership incoming, I’m ready for the next task at hand: Serving in the State Senate to ensure a brighter future for the people of our great state. I look forward to working hard to earn every vote,” said Pressly.
In 2019, Pressly was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and served on the House Commerce, Health & Welfare, and Judiciary Committees. He served as a founding member of the STEM Innovation Caucus, Co-Chair of the Future Caucus, and Co-Chair of the North Louisiana Delegation. Amongst his colleagues, Pressly is known as a principled leader who is well respected for his pro-growth, pro-opportunity vision for the future of Louisiana. He spent his time in the Legislature working on commonsense solutions to improve education and healthcare outcomes for Louisiana citizens and worked to cut taxes and government waste. Pressly emerged as a leader on working to improve Louisiana’s tax code, spearheading efforts to eliminate the state income tax to make Louisiana more competitive with neighboring states. He has also been recognized by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry as one of the Most Valuable Policymakers and by the National Federation of Independent Businesses as a Guardian of Small Business for his work in improving Louisiana’s business climate.
Pressly grew up in Shreveport and graduated from C.E. Byrd High School. He attended Texas Christian University, where he graduated cum laude and served as student body president. After completing law school at Loyola University New Orleans, Pressly returned home to Shreveport, where he served as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. He is a partner at Pettiette, Armand, Dunkelman, Woodley & Cromwell, where he practices commercial and insurance defense litigation. Thomas, his wife Maggie, and their two children attend First Methodist Church in Shreveport.