Posted: Jun 19, 2012 10:21 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Former Louisiana House Speaker Joe Salter is leaving his job as the director of governmental affairs for the state Department of Education.
Salter told The Advocate that he was leaving voluntarily to take a new job, though he declined to say what he will be doing. His departure takes effect Friday.
Salter was paid $125,000 per year for the position he had held since 2008. In the job, he represented the department at the Louisiana Legislature and was the department's liaison to Louisiana's congressional delegation and local school boards.
A Democrat from the small town of Florien, Salter was House speaker from 2004 to 2008. He was a lawmaker for more than two decades. He also had worked as a principal and assistant school superintendent.