Jeremy LaCombe was born and raised in Fordoche, Louisiana. He was the second child of a construction worker and a homemaker who taught him the core values of family, faith, hard work and service to others. These values serve as the bedrock of his life and career as an attorney, philanthropist, and community volunteer. Its also the same values that he and his wife teach by example to their own two children every day.
During high school, Jeremy excelled in academics and participated in numerous extracurricular programs stressing leadership and team work. He represented Livonia High School at Louisiana Boys State, excelled on the Football & Baseball teams and was named U.S. Army Scholar Athlete. It was these early experiences that taught him how to be an effective leader, to work with others from diverse backgrounds to accomplish common goals and how to handle both failures and successes that come with daily life.
Jeremy then attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Jeremy reflects on the time spent in NSU as the most formative of his life. The personal connections and mutual friendships forged from his time in NSU and the lessons learned there served as the basis for any personal and professional success he has had since NSU. While in college, Jeremy was a founding member of the Mu Rho Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity where he served as the President, was elected by a school wide vote to the Student Government Association where he served for two years, and he selected as a Freshman Connector assisting incoming freshman adapt to college life. He was named Greek Man of the Year, and was a finalist for Mr. NSU. During his time in college, Jeremy also was able to spend time working in the Louisiana House of Representatives, and in the United States Senate in Washington D. C. This work allowed him to get a behind the scenes look at how our state and federal government works for the benefit of all of our citizens, and again reinforced how to work with others from diverse backgrounds and political affiliations to accomplish goals for the greater good.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Jeremy spent two years traveling the country working as a Leadership Consultant for Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. Over the course of the next two years, Jeremy traveled to and trained students at 73 Universities from coast to coast on how to be ethical leaders in today’s society. He himself went through extensive training in the areas of leadership development and taught those same principals to college students across the country. His involvement with Sigma Nu continues today as Jeremy serves as a National officer on a volunteer capacity.
In the fall of 2000, Jeremy was accepted to the LSU school of Law in Baton Rouge. As he was preparing to enter law school, his family was shocked by the Cancer Diagnosis of his mother Janell LaCombe and his first cousin Chrystal. The two diagnosis shook the family to the core, but in true fashion the family and community rallied together to lend emotional and spiritual support to each other. Sadly, in June of 2001 Janell LaCombe lost her battle with cancer. From her passing, the LaCombe Family started the Janell Legier LaCombe Cancer Fund. This non-profit organization since 2001 has raised and donated over $500,000.00 to cancer patients and their families. The vast majority of the funds has benefited over 500 families in Pointe Coupee Parish alone, and has helped hundreds of cancer patients get access to medical treatments, supplies, and provide for their unmet medical needs. Further, they established a scholarship program to honor graduates of the all the Pointe Coupee Parish High Schools, and have awarded 146 scholarships to local students who were affected by cancer. They also hosted the largest one-day bone marrow registry drive in Louisiana History, by placing over 600 people on the lifesaving registry. As director, Jeremy has been instrumental in the growth of the foundation and its efforts to assist cancer patients in the local community.
As a husband, father, small business owner, Chamber of Commerce Board Member and director of a non-profit, Jeremy understands the challenges we face on a daily basis in District 18. He will take commonsense approaches to working with stakeholders across broad spectrums or political parties to give District 18 a strong voice in Baton Rouge. He will continue supporting our school systems, working to create jobs, improving our roads, fighting to solve our traffic woes and expanding economic opportunities on the West Side of the River to everyone.
Jeremy is married to Dr. Jessica Jarreau LaCombe, a local physician who shares his love of community and who works daily in providing medical services to those in need. Her medical practice centers around teaching medical students and residents while at the same time working to provide indigent care through the LSU Health System. Jeremy and Jessica have two children, and they work daily to instill their commitment to community and values in them.