Evan will be the first-ever openly LGBTQ Louisiana state legislator!
Driven, focused, and ready, Evan J. Bergeron isn’t going to let Louisiana be driven further into the mud by its regressive legislature. He’s running for State Representative and, if elected, would be the first openly LGBTQ member in the Louisiana Legislature’s history.
Evan grew up in the small swamp town of Pierre Part, south of Baton Rouge. He started working at the Louisiana Legislature at age 17 as a session aide for his state senator. He continued that job through his first year of law school at Loyola University New Orleans, where he graduated cum laude. He continued to work with legislative staff, lobbyists, stakeholders, and legislators to navigate the legislative process and achieve positive change. Evan has worked in and around the Louisiana Legislature for 16 years. At 33 years old, that’s nearly half his life. And he didn’t really come out until he was about 29.
Evan is currently an attorney in New Orleans focusing on appeals, insurance, First Amendment law, election law, and civil rights. He’s an active member of his community, representing New Orleans in the State Bar’s House of Delegates, directing a non-profit progressive leadership development organization (New Leaders Council), and protecting the rights of accused practitioners and victims on the State Board of Social Work Examiners.
Evan can’t wait to start working not only for Louisiana’s marginalized LGBTQ population, but also everyone who’s been left behind by the failed policies of the past.