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Louisiana's 6th Congressional District Race: What To Know About Garret Graves And His Challengers

6th Congressional District

Louisiana's 6th Congressional District largely straddles the Mississippi River, covering most of Baton Rouge and its suburbs, and continuing south to Houma. It also includes the western borders of Lake Pontchartrain.

Republican incumbent Garret Graves is seeking his fourth term in congress. This GOP-leaning district has been represented by Republicans since 2009. Congressman Graves serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee — both deal with various Louisiana issues like flood protection and shipping. He’s also the top Republican on the House Select subcommittee on the Climate Crisis, where he had a memorable exchange with environmental activist Greta Thunberg

Democrat Dartanyon Williams, an entrepreneur, is running after abandoning an earlier bid this year for the U.S. Senate. He cites criminal justice reform and election security as top issues. He self-published a book this year detailing his rise and fall as a “young identity thief” before turning his life around. Shannon Sloan from Denham Springs is running on the Libertarian ticket. Independent Richard Torregano is also on the ballot.

To learn more about what's on your 2020 ballot, check out our ballot guide.

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