Julie Emerson was born and raised in Louisiana and grew up in Carencro where she still resides. She graduated from Westminster Christian Academy in Opelousas and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She went on to earn a Master of Business Administration with an International concentration from the University of South Carolina.
After college, Julie founded Lagniappe Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm where she serves as chief strategist. In her role with Lagniappe, she has consulted with multiple public officials, non-profits, and businesses on how to best develop and articulate their brands and messages.
Julie has been an active Republican since her high school days, having worked with the Republican Party of Louisiana and attending the 2008, 2012, and 2016 state and national conventions. She currently serves as an elected member of the Republican State Central Committee.
In October 2015, Julie was elected to serve as the State Representative for House District 39 representing northern Lafayette Parish (Carencro, Scott, Ossun, Vatican) and southern St Landry Parish (Cankton, Opelousas, Arnaudville). She is currently the youngest member of the Louisiana legislature. This is not only something she considers a great honor, but is beneficial as she strives to bring new, fresh ideas to her beloved home state. She currently serves on the standing committees on Appropriations, Education, and Agriculture and the special committee on Homeland Security. In her first year in the House, Julie was asked by House Leadership to serve as the Communications Chairman for the House Republican Delegation. She also serves as an appointed legislative board member at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches.
As a legislator, she has received a 100% lifetime voting record with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry for supporting job-creation and de-regulation, a 100% lifetime rating with Louisiana Right to Life, three “Family Advocate” awards and a “Life and Liberty” award by the Louisiana Family Forum, and a three Conservative Achievement Awards from the American Conservative Union for being one of the most conservative legislators in the state (she currently has the highest ACU rating in Louisiana). As a result of this recognition, the organizers of the nationally-known Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) invited her to serve as a panelist at their annual conference in Washington DC in February of 2017. Most recently, Julie was nationally recognized by the Coalition for Public Safety for her work on justice reform from a conservative perspective. In 2018, she was awarded “Legislator of the Year” by the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police for authoring pro-law enforcement legislation.
In fall of 2016, Julie was selected by the American-Swiss Foundation as one of 25 Young Leaders under 40 in the United States and was invited to participate in a panel with the US Ambassador to Switzerland focusing on apprenticeships in the United States and Switzerland. Later that same year, Congressman-Elect Clay Higgins (LA-3) tapped Julie to lead his transition team where she hired senior congressional staff and assisted the congressman with his initial tasks. In summer 2017, Julie was named to Red Alert Politics “30 under 30,” which recognizes young, right-of-center leaders who are making an exceptional impact in their communities. In February of 2018, she was listed in Micgoat’s Top 15 Most Persuasive Millennial Politicians in America. She also serves as the Louisiana state director, southeast regional director, and as a national board member for the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
Julie is an active member of First Baptist Church in Lafayette. In 2013, she was confirmed by the Southern Baptist Convention to serve on the Board of Trustees of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the youngest board member.
Julie believes in faith leadership through action and has participated in many overseas mission trips as well as chaperoned and spoken at various church youth group retreats and events. Strongly pro-life, she has been a volunteer, active supporter, and event coordinator at A Pregnancy Center and Clinic in Lafayette.
She is the daughter of Don and Susan Emerson of Carencro and has one brother. Her mother, a former teacher, is currently a school principal, and her father and brother both work in oil-related industries in coastal Louisiana.
For Julie, “Sportsman’s Paradise” isn’t just Louisiana’s state nickname–it is part of her family heritage and must be preserved and protected. She believes strongly in property rights, gun owners’ rights, and making sure that our unique outdoor way of life is preserved for generations to come.
In her spare time, Julie loves to expand her education by traveling the world and experiencing different places and cultures. Julie can also be consistently found cheering on the Cajuns, Tigers, and Saints most weekends in the fall!