At the 2019 Louisiana Oil and Gas Association’s Annual Meeting, President Gifford Briggs, on behalf of the entire association, honored Sen. Norby Chabert, Speaker Taylor Barras, Rep. Neil Abramson, and Rep. Jim Morris as LOGA Heavyweight Champions for their support of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry.
“We are very proud to honor these legislators for their commitment to the industry and willingness to stand up to fight and protect it,” said Gifford Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. “Time and time again, these men have taken to the mic, passed legislation, and stood for common sense solutions on a multitude of issues. I am proud to have worked so closely with these legislators and proud of the work we have been able to accomplish for the companies, families, and communities that fuel our economy. ”
Remarks from Gifford Briggs at the awards ceremony:
Senator Norby Chabert
With a family history of public service, Sen. Chabert was elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2009 to represent the constituents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Serving as the Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Sen. Chabert consistently advocated for a robust oil and gas industry in south Louisiana. Sen. Chabert has proven himself to be a fighter to oil and gas industry, being the first on the senate floor to stand up against onerous taxes and regulations that would hurt the families who rely on oil and gas jobs and opportunities in his community.
Speaker Taylor Barras
In 2007, Rep. Taylor Barras was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in District 48, which is made up of portions of Iberia, Lafayette, and St. Martin parishes. In 2016, he was chosen by his colleagues as Speaker of the House. Representing the Acadiana area, Speaker Barras has fought for policies and legislation that would be conducive for a dominant oil and gas industry in Louisiana.
Rep. Neil Abramson
A college athlete, a fiscal conservative, and a New Orleans Democrat, Representative Neil Abramson was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2007 to serve the people of Orleans Parish. Serving as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, he has fought for sensible solutions to Louisiana’s fiscal problems. Rep. Abramson understands the value of a working Louisiana, and especially a roaring oil and gas industry.
Rep. Jim Morris
Rep. Jim Morris was elected to serve the people of Bossier and Caddo parishes in 2007. Making his living as an oil and gas producer, Rep. Morris serves on the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, and there he has shown unwavering support for small oil and gas producers in North Louisiana.
The LOGA Heavyweight Champion’s belt goes to individuals, groups, or companies who have significantly contributed to the betterment of Louisiana and the oil and gas industry. The champion’s belt represents the fighting spirit of the hard working men and women of the industry.
About The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association
The Louisiana Oil & Gas Association was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. LOGA’s primary goal is to provide our industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. LOGA services its membership by creating incentives for Louisiana’s oil & gas industry, warding off tax increases, changing existing burdensome regulations, and educating the public and government of the importance of the oil and gas industry in the state of Louisiana. Find out more information at: www.LOGA.la