What's next for Senator Troy Brown?

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles
Troy Brown

     State Senator Troy Brown has recently been plagued by multiple legal issues ranging from his domestic violence arrest to his recent residency lawsuit.

     Brown's seat on the senate is being questioned, as a recent lawsuit from St. John the Baptist Parish trial lawyer, Daniel Becnel Jr., claims that Brown does not reside in the district he represents.

     His residency was first questioned after he was taken into custody following his altercations with two woman at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. He told law enforcement officials that he lives Geismar, though his qualifying papers through the senate state that he lives in Napoleonville. Additional paperwork such as his financial disclosure reports point to a Geismar residence as well.

     Marsanne Golsby, a spokeswoman for the senator, said he has two legal residences but is not in violation of the senate's residency requirements.

     “He has two legal residences and the one that counts is the one in his district,” Golsby said. “He owns the home in Geismar and he also owns a duplex in the district where he has been registered to vote since he first registered as a young man, near his district office.”

     The lawsuit is a non-issue. He votes in the same place. He has deep deep roots in the district. He meets the legal requirements. He spends about 8-10 nights a month there. A lot of people have multiple residents.”

     What is next for the senator? There is a possibility of Brown being charged and getting removed from senate, though this is unlikely to occur, as only one Louisiana senator has ever been removed from office. The first and only senator to be removed was State Senator Gaston Gerald in 1981. He was removed by a 33-3 vote.

     According to the rules of the Louisiana State Senate, in order to remove a senator from position, a resolution must be introduced.

     “The motion shall require the favorable vote of a majority of the elected member for adoption,” according to the state senate's website.

     The senate's qualifications state that a senator must be a registered voter, be at least eighteen, a legal resident in their district for at least one year and must be a resident of the state for at least two years.