Senator Bret Allain was born and raised on the Bayou Teche. His roots run deep in south Louisiana, and he’s been proud to call “Sportsman’s Paradise” his home all his life.
Bret started working on the family farm with his father at the age of 13, and one of the many lessons he learned was that hard work and determination can solve many of the problems we face in our everyday lives. Throughout his adult life, Bret has grown many businesses that operate in the agricultural and energy industries by applying many of the lessons he learned while growing up.
As a farmer and businessman, Bret knows that our economy has seen its share of good times as well as bad. Sugar prices and oil prices have one thing in common. They both have seen highs and lows through the years.
Louisiana’s budget is no different. Highs and lows litter the landscape of our state’s history. For far too long, though, our state budget has not matched the success of our overall economy. Year after year, it seems that we are plugging holes just to get by. True structural reform is needed to get the state’s fiscal house in order. We can’t continue to kick the can down the road.
Our economy is built on the industries Bret knows so well. Agriculture and energy are the two largest sectors of our state’s economy. Because of this experience, his background has served him well while in Baton Rouge.
Since being elected to the State Senate in 2011, he has shown his leadership on committees vital to District 21 and Louisiana as a whole. Bret is the Vice Chairman of the Agriculture committee and is a member of the Natural Resources, Health and Welfare, and Finance committees.
As senator, Bret has also shown a willingness to work with members of both parties. He’s always believed that good ideas are not exclusive to Republicans or Democrats, and he hopes to never see a time where the gridlock of Washington, D.C. makes its way into our state capital.
After four years in office, Bret looks to continue building on the good work accomplished by the Legislature as he prepares for a second term if afforded the opportunity by the people of District 21.
Bret is a graduate of Louisiana State University and is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baldwin. He has been married for 31 years to the former Kim McElveen, and they are the proud parents of three children: Quin Elise, Emma Marie, and Robert LeBreton.
Earlier in 2015, Bret and Kim were also blessed with their first grandchild, a girl, Flora Kimberly Bixler, the daughter of their eldest, Quin, and her husband, Harrison.
They make their home in Adeline.