Political newcomer Jean-Paul Coussan, a Republican from Lafayette, was elected Saturday to represent residents in Louisiana House District 45.
He served on the Cajundome Commission, was selected as one of the Top 20 Under 40 and was on the board of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce board for 2011-2013.
Coussan will replace state Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, who could not seek re-election because of term limits. Instead, he ran for Lafayette City-Parish president and won that race Oct. 24.
How they voted
Comeaux: 49 percent, 5,505
Coussan: 51 percent, 5,765