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Tony Davis resigning northwestern Louisiana seat on state's top education board

Greg Hilburn
Shreveport Times
Tony Davis represents northwestern Louisiana on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Tony Davis, who represents northwestern Louisiana on the state's governing board for elementary and secondary education, is resigning his seat to relocate as an executive with the National Association of Manufacturers.

Davis, a Republican from Natchitoches, represents District 4 on the 11-member Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which is comprised of both elected members like Davis and three members appointed by the governor.

The 10-parish district covers Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster and Winn.

Davis, who won a second term in 2019 without opposition, said his resignation will be effective Jan. 20.

His said his latest career role as senior director of a workforce initiative with the National Association of Manufacturers covers 15 states and limits the time he can devote to BESE.

"I'm delighted at the success of (the workforce program), but unfortunately, it prevents me from committing the time and capacity I believe BESE deserves," he said.

Davis, who is well-known in northwestern Louisiana and whose previous job was executive director of the Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce, said he and his wife and their two children will likely eventually have to move to another state.

Gov. John Bel Edwards will likely set a special election sometime next year to fill the seat.

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