Republican Louisiana Treasurer John Schroder 'absolutely considering' 2023 governor's race

Greg Hilburn
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Louisiana Treasuer John Schroder

Louisiana Republican Treasurer John Schroder said he is “absolutely considering” a run for governor in 2023.

“I’m always looking and listening,” Schroder said in an interview with USA Today Network. “It’s certainly something I’m going to consider.”

Schroder has spent more than a decade building his resume at the Capitol.

He spent 10 years in the Louisiana House of Representatives as part of the “fiscal hawks” and carried that theme of being a watchdog for taxpayers into a 2017 special election for state treasurer, which he won. Schroder easily won reelection in 2019.

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With two-term Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards unable to run again in 2023, the path is clear for a wide-open race.

Fellow statewide elected Republicans Attorney General Jeff Landry and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser staked out their ground early for a 2023 gubernatorial run, though neither has made it official.

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Landry sent an email to supporters two days after Edwards' reelection in 2019 basically declaring himself the linchpin of the GOP in Louisiana, while Nungesser told USA Today Network he would likely make the race on the same day Landry sent his email.

They also have the biggest early war chests. Landry has $2.025 million cash on hand in his campaign fund, while Nungesser has amassed $1.46 million.

Meanwhile, Schroder has been less conspicuous while gauging support behind the scenes.

“People are approaching me to run,” he said. “It’s flattering to be mentioned. I take it as a very positive statement. It says a lot about the job treasury is doing to serve the people in Louisiana.

“I love being a public servant and working to instill faith in the government process is my No. 1. If you want to fix things and help people, (governor is) certainly the best position to be in.”

Schroder, who has $549,693 cash on hand, acknowledged he’ll have to ramp up fundraising efforts if he makes the formal decision to run.

“A lot of water must pass under the bridge first,” he said. “I think it’s a little early to say who is and isn’t in the hunt. Ultimately, I’ll listen with all ears to the citizens of Louisiana when it’s time to make the decision.”

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.