Jeremy believes education is the foundational cornerstone for a successful life. In order for our children to excel, we must start early and allocate necessary resources that will ensure academic success in their future. Just as learning starts at birth, so too should our efforts in educating our children. From birth to four years of age is an extremely critical time in the development of children. We need to encourage local school systems to begin investing in Pre-K development in order to better prepare our children for a 21st century learning environment. As state representative, Jeremy will work to guarantee that quality education investments begin at birth, and he will assist local efforts to provide our children the opportunity to realize their potential and dreams from the earliest possible age.
Having attended and graduated from public schools for his own education (Elementary, High School, College & Law School), public education is very important to Jeremy. He understands the importance of educational access for every child, no matter their financial situation or location. Jeremy will continue to fight to ensure that every student has access to a quality school and educational opportunities.
Jeremy will also work to ensure that our high schools offer not only college-bound curriculum, but strong technical skills classes as well for those students who do not wish to attend a university after graduating high school. He will fight for our universities being fully-funded in order to keep our best and brightest students in Louisiana, and will work to bring stakeholders together in order to maximize the opportunities for everyone in this state.
Common-Sense Voice for Louisiana
As state representative, Jeremy will address Louisiana’s current problems and take a common-sense approach to how he tackles them. Washington-style partisan politics has no place in our state and serves only to limit our potential, cripple our economy, squander our natural resources and discourage our people from participating in efforts to move our great state forward. Jeremy has a long history of coalition building by bringing people together from a multitude of different backgrounds and walks of life in order to complete common objectives.
As a board member of the Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce, an owner of a small business, and an Attorney who has represented hundreds of businesses in Louisiana, Jeremy has a firm grasp of the complex issues faced in today’s business market. He strongly believes that District 18 has most of the necessary components to become a regional economic engine. Jeremy will work tirelessly to synergize the stakeholders to continue working together toward common goals to improve our area. We are surrounded on all sides by large industries: we have a port system that gives us access to the Mississippi River, Atchafalaya River, Red River, Intracoastal Canal and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as one of the largest rail yards in United States and a multitude of natural resources such as oil, gas, lakes and rich fertile earth to cultivate various agricultural crops. Yet, we struggle to bring all of the cumulative parts together to move us forward regionally. As state representative, Jeremy will work to rectify this issue. Jeremy believes that the number one priority for economic growth in District 18 is the construction of a new bridge over the Mississippi River as well as the expansion and construction of the connecting roads that goes to it. Jeremy will work with other elected officials and stakeholders to obtain funding in order to begin construction. It will be no small task, but our area cannot afford to put this off any longer. This new bridge would attract additional industries, create new jobs, assist in growing our tax base organically and would put an end to the billions of dollars in losses our local companies lose each year while their employees sit in bumper-to-bumper gridlock.
As state representative, Jeremy will fight to improve and strengthen healthcare access in Louisiana. Jeremy understands that everyone should have access to quality healthcare and that hospitals play a vital role in our communities.
This is an extremely important issue for Jeremy and his family. His wife, Jessica Jarreau LaCombe, is an internal medicine physician who provides indigent care while teaching medical residents and students with LSU at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. His wife works on a daily basis with a patient population who struggles to gain access to affordable and preventive care, and because of significant budget cuts over the past decade have seen the elimination of vital services offered to them. Jeremy believes it is essential to everyone’s well-being to continue to fight for and support our public/private hospitals in their efforts to provide these life-dependent services.
In addition, Jeremy and his family has worked for nearly two decades to provide medical support to cancer patients in the area. In 2001, Jeremy started a non-profit organization, the Janell LaCombe Cancer Fund, more commonly referred to as Nell’s Angels, in honor of his mother who passed away from cancer. The goal was to help and assist cancer patients with unmet medical needs. Since the inception of Nell’s Angels, Jeremy and his family have distributed over $500,000 and assisted over 500 local families throughout District 18 with help in their time of need. Further, Nell’s Angels has awarded 146 scholarships to students of local high schools who were affected by cancer to further their higher education plans.