Ralph Abraham is a United States Congressman from Louisiana; a republican from Alto—near Monroe.
He’s running to be your next governor.
In a recent visit to the Arklatex, Abraham sat down with KTBS-3 news to visit on a variety of topics.
To begin, he spoke of his background:
“I started my career as a veterinarian,” Abraham explained, “did that for ten years, then went back to the human side; got my M-D degree right here in northwest Louisiana at LSU; opened a medical practice and did that for many years. I decided the nation wasn’t moving in the right direction; decided to run for congress and was fortunate to win.”
And Abraham has an extensive background as a pilot:
“We still fly for the Coast Guard auxiliary; the Civil Air Patrol—these things that hopefully matter. And Abraham added, “We also work for a wonderful organization, as a pilot, called ‘Pilots for Patients.’ We take cancer patients to M-D Anderson; St. Jude; or wherever they need to go.”
A sore point for Abraham—Louisiana’s low ranking in polls:
“Just this last week,” Abraham said, “U.S. News and World Reports, came out for the third year in a row—listing Louisiana as the worst place to do business; worst in infrastructure; healthcare; education. You name it we are on the bottom of the barrel. No—we can do better. It frustrates me, and makes me angry when I see this over and over again.”
And Abraham is concerned about the future of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry:
“Look, this governor (John Bel Edwards)—with his legacy lawsuits—has decimated our oil and gas industry.” Abraham said.
As if to punctuate that point, during Energy Day at the state capital—with John Bel Edwards present, Abraham made these comments:
“I’ve got a letter here that Governor Edwards and his administration sent to the six coastal parishes; it said either they sue them, or he would. Never again.”
With that, Abraham ripped the letter in half, and threw it on the ground in the vicinity of Edwards’ feet.
“Whatever viral means; how many hits that means, I don’t know. But, it went crazy—and to this day we get texts and calls—you did the right thing.” Said Abraham.
And Abraham wants to make sure all Louisianans have a place to work:
“We are going to incentivize businesses to stay; right now they are running to get out—I want them running to get in. We are going to work on the tax base; we’re going to simplify.”
And Abraham wants to put money into the hands of local control:
“The local people here, Shreveport/Bossier, northwest Louisiana—they know their needs, wants—and how to fix it. The solution is not the governor in Baton Rouge. I’m tired of money being handed out based on donor contributions. It needs to be handed out on merit and at the local level.”
As a United States Congressman, Abraham has his views on what’s happening in Washington, D.C.—specifically the Mueller report, and reaction since its release:
“Let’s move on,” Abraham said, “there was no collusion; there was no obstruction. Let’s at least try to do something right.”
As the conversation came to a close, Abraham had a final message for Louisiana voters:
“I’m with you. I understand. I go to church with these people; I doctor these people. I understand Louisiana.”
Just a handful of days after that conversation, Abraham was back I Shreveport/Bossier City—campaigning. And said he would continue to come back again and again; recognizing the area as critical in any statewide election.
And he promised to take the state in a direction much different than where it’s headed right now.