Bruce Lynn

United States Marine
Born Mar 25, 1925

Bruce Newton Lynn, I, is a retired north Caddo Parish businessman and banker who was a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1976–1988. He is a native and resident of the village of Gilliam (pronounced GIL LAM), where three generations of his family have operated the J.W. Lynn cotton plantation.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bruce Lynn.


1925 Birth Born on March 25, 1925.


1942 17 Years Old He graduated in 1942 from the former Belcher High School. … Read More


1949 24 Years Old In 1949, he married the former Margaret Eugenia Johnson (May 16, 1926 - October 3, 2014), who was born in Shreveport and reared in Doyline in south Webster Parish. … Read More


1970 45 Years Old 1 More Event
With his background in cotton production, Lynn was in 1970 the president of the National Cotton Council, a trade association based in Memphis, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. He remains an advisor to the council board.
1971 46 Years Old Lynn first filed to run as a Republican for the District 1 seat (parts of Caddo and Bossier parishes) in the state legislature in 1971, but he withdrew after James H. "Jimmy" Wilson (1931–1986) won the Democratic nomination. … Read More


1979 54 Years Old Lynn was narrowly reelected in the 1979 general election, 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent for the late Democrat Jack Miller, a businessman from Blanchard, also in Caddo Parish.
1980 55 Years Old Because he was in Washington with the cotton council late in 1980, he became a member of the transition team for President-elect Ronald W. Reagan. … Read More
1983 58 Years Old He defeated Miller again in 1983.


1987 62 Years Old When Lynn declined to run in 1987, the seat went Democratic with the election of Caddo Parish Commission president Roy M. "Hoppy" Hopkins of Oil City, who subsequently died in office during the last year of his fifth term. Hopkins' commission seat was filled for a term by James Whitfield Williamson, a businessman who served as the mayor of Vivian from 1972–1986 and an older brother of Don Williamson.
1988 63 Years Old After his legislative service, Lynn was the director of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections from 1988 - 1992, under appointment from then Governor Charles Elson "Buddy" Roemer, III. … Read More
1989 64 Years Old The court found that during the period "preceding June 9, 1989, an extraordinary number of murders, suicides, stabbings, and cuttings occurred within the Louisiana State Penitentiary. … Read More
2007 82 Years Old Lynn's House seat returned to Republican representation in the special election of 2007, when James H. "Jim" Morris of Oil City was elected to succeed Hopkins.
2016 92 Years Old He died on September 28, 2016.
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