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Longtime Clerk of Louisiana House retires after 35 years

Posted at 6:44 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 19:45:35-04

Longtime clerk of the Louisiana House, Butch Speer is retiring.

A special ceremony was held at the capital on Tuesday which had two special appearances.

Former governor Edwin Edwards and Governor John Bel Edwards were just a few of the dozens of people who honored clerk butch speer.

Speer has served more than 35 years.

While most people may not know who he is, Speer is one of the most important people in state government.
speer was the house’s parliamentarian, records custodian, and set the calendar for all house business.

Governor John Bel Edwards said while he didn’t always agree with Speer, he has served Louisiana well. The tribute lasted roughly an hour and there were plenty of speeches.  A video montage from dignitaries across the world congratulated speer on a job well done and wished him happiness in his retirement.

Tuesday night, there is a retirement party for Speer in Baton Rouge.

A video below shows when Edwards and Edwards entered the House chambers: