Rep. Brossett bids goodbye to the Louisiana House

State Rep. Jared Brossett said an emotional farewell to the Louisiana Legislature Wednesday.

Brossett, D-New Orleans, is leaving his House seat after five years for the New Orleans City Council. He won the District D seat earlier this year without a runoff.

“I will keep working to create those bridges to families and children,” Brossett vowed during a speech on the Louisiana House floor. He paused several times to keep his emotions in check.

Among Brossett’s legislative accomplishments was increasing the penalties for “home invasion” robbers who carry dangerous weapons.

Brossett’s mother and girlfriend sat on the sidelines in the House chamber while he told his colleagues goodbye. Brossett credited his mother with seeking out the best education for him.

“We’ve attempted to shape policy and work out votes,” Brossett said, referring to his closest colleagues, including state Rep. Jeff Arnold.

Arnold, D-New Orleans, played the theme song to the HBO show “Treme” into his microphone while House members lined up to hug Brossett.

State Rep. Walt Leger III, D-New Orleans, said his city is gaining a great public servant with the addition of Brossett to the City Council.

Brossett also was honored in the state Senate chamber, a nod to his popularity among fellow legislators. He served as a legislative aide before winning the District 97 seat.

State Sen. Karen Peterson, D-New Orleans, said Brossett is a class act and a gentleman. “Your son is revered by so many,” she told Brossett’s mother.

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