U.S. Rep. Garret Graves opens district office in Gonzales

Staff Report

Garret Graves, who represents the 6th District of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a new district office in Gonzales.

A host of area officials welcomed U.S. Congressman Garret Graves to the Ascension Parish governmental complex at 615 E. Worthey St. in Gonzales. Shown, from left, are: Ascension Parish Infrastructure Director Ricky Compton, Planning Director Jerome Fournier, Rep. Kathy Edmonston, Sen. Eddie Lambert, President Clint Cointment, Congressman Garret Graves, Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna, OHSEP Director Rachael Wilkinson, Councilman John Cagnolatti, Assessor Mert Smiley, Councilman Chase Melancon, St. Amant Fire Chief James LeBlanc, Councilman Alvin Thomas, Chamber of Commerce President Barker Dirmann, and OHSEP Assistant Director Dustin Montelius. Not pictured is Sheriff Bobby Webre and Rep. Tony Bacala.

The office is within the Ascension Parish Governmental Building, located at 615 E. Worthey St.

According to Graves’ office, the new location has been set up to serve residents in a variety of ways, including helping resolve an issue with a federal agency, and answering questions about legislation. 

The office can help connect citizens with resources and information for business, grant applicants, senior citizens, students, parents, military service members, and veterans.

Graves was a guest at the Ascension Chamber of Commerce member luncheon, where he talked about interstate improvements, reducing flood risk, grants for the Gonzales airport, and federal reimbursements for the 2016 flood damages to parish schools.

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment presents a key to the parish to Congressman Garret Graves during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Gonzales.

“I’m excited to build on the successes we’ve had so far to ensure Ascension continues to be one of the best places to live and raise a family in the state. This is your District Office, so please stop by to visit and contact us if we can be of any assistance. It’s an honor to represent Ascension Parish in Congress,” Graves said in a statement.

The new location adds to district offices in Baton Rouge, at 2351 Energy Dr., Suite 1200; Livingston, at 29261 Frost Rd.; and Thibodaux, at 908 E. 1st St., Nicholls State campus, Candies Hall, Suite 405. His Washington, D.C. office is located at 2402 Rayburn House Office Building.

According to Graves’ office, more than 750,000 people live in the 13 parishes that make up the district, which includes most of his hometown of Baton Rouge, the bulk of the Capital city’s suburbs, parts of parishes along both sides of the Mississippi River to the western shores of Lake Pontchartrain and south through Thibodaux to Houma.