Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.
McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.
State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP, had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.
And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner.