Assistant DA Cloyce Clark Announces for Louisiana State Senate
SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Cloyce Clark announced his candidacy today for Louisiana Senate – District 38. Clark has served in the DA’s Office since 2012 where he has prosecuted violent criminals involved in drug dealing and trafficking. He also advises the Caddo Parish District Attorney and the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association on legislative and legal issues affecting criminal laws and the Louisiana court system.
Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott stated, "Cloyce has been a tremendous asset to our office. He understands the process in Baton Rouge and has been a great help advising me and the other District Attorneys on legislative matters affecting the criminal justice system."
After graduating law school, Clark was hired as the assistant executive counsel to the governor. While in the office he helped create, write, and guide criminal justice reform legislation. Those efforts have made Louisiana’s criminal justice system more effective and efficient, saving the state millions of dollars all while improving public safety. He also helped ensure the passage of “Louisiana’s Second Amendment", which strengthened Louisianans’ fundamental right to keep and bear arms.
Clark pledged that he would be an advocate for change and work hard to make Northwest Louisiana a destination for high-quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment. “Tremendous challenges are before us as a region and as a state,” Clark said. “We need committed, proven leaders now more than ever to fight for our small businesses and entrepreneurs, to reduce the barriers to economic growth, and to protect life, the family and our beloved freedoms.”
Clark announced that one of his primary focuses would be on the state’s budgetary and tax code problems. Stating that there were structural problems and methods of budgeting and taxing that were creating problems for future generations of Louisianans. “We have a $1.6 billion budget deficit - we have a $12 billion backlog of transportation projects for our highways and bridges - we have massive structural problems in the way the state budget is put together - we have a broken tax code that constricts entrepreneurship and innovation,” Clark stated. “We can no longer kick the can down the road – it is our time and our duty to face these challenges and put our fiscal house in order.”
Even with the challenges facing the state, Clark believes Northwest Louisiana is ready to explode in job growth and economic prosperity. But he stated the area needs elected officials with the right experience and leadership skills to help the region capture those opportunities. Clark said, “We can’t afford to have an empty seat in Baton Rouge. That is why I’m committed to fighting for and being the voice that Northwest Louisiana needs in the State Senate.”
Cloyce Clark is a native of Northwest Louisiana - born at the old Schumpert Hospital in Shreveport. He is the eldest son of Martha and Cloyce Clark, Jr. He attends church services at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Shreveport. He is a graduate of Tulane University Law School (J.D. – Cum Laude) and also received his undergraduate degree (B.A. in political science) from Tulane University.