Gregory (Greg) W. Tarver, Sr. (D-SS39)
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Capitol: 225.342.2040
FAX: 225.342.1140
District: 318.227.1499
Room B-254 State Capitol 900 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

District Office:
1024 Pierre Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
Elected: 2011    Next Election: 2023
Spouse: Velma Jean (Kirskey)   DOB: 3/30/1946
Committee Assignments
MemberJoint Council on Legislative Budgetary Control
ChairmanSenate Executive Committee
Vice ChairSenate Committee on Judiciary B
MemberSenate Committee on Local and Municipal Affairs
MemberSenate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs
MemberSenate Select Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
MemberSenate Select Committee on Homeland Security
MemberJoint Legislative Committee on the Budget
Counties Representing
Caddo Parish


For years, Gregory W. Tarver, Sr. has had the honor and privilege of representing the Northwest Louisiana communities as Louisiana State Senator, Shreveport City Councilman and Caddo Parish Police Juror. He has lived and worked almost his entire life in the greater Shreveport area as a long-standing business owner, community activist, and proud family man. Senator Tarver has worked very hard to enhance the growth of Northwest Louisiana's communities, cities, towns and rural areas as well as improve the quality of life for the people who live in these areas.

Senator Tarver became the first African American Senator in Northern Louisiana since reconstruction. His priority while serving as Louisiana State Senator, is to maintain a high standard of growth for our area; the facts prove that he has and continues to do so. In his earlier years, Tarver served as Chairman of the Insurance committee, and as a member of the Finance, Environmental Quality, Commerce (Ex Officio), Judiciary B and Local and Municipal committees. Tarver's work created new jobs and job security. His uncanny ability to understand and work the system to benefit the people of our communities is a gift that not all political minds possess.

Tarver was elected and served as State Senator for twenty (20) years until he chose to retire in 2004. After retiring for eight years, he made an incredible comeback to serve the people of District 39 once again. Currently, he serves on the following committees-Finance, Judiciary B, Senate & Governmental Affairs, Senate Executive Committee (Chairman), Veterans Affairs and Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, Natural Resources, Vocational and Technical Education. He has proven time and time again that he would not take the people of our communities for granted. He stands his ground and shoulders his responsibility to improve the livelihoods and businesses of those he represents. Throughout the years, Tarver has worked hand in hand with many of our citizens and community leaders on numerous important projects and events to make our region and state what it is today. As a young man, Tarver attended Alton High School, then Grambling State University until his education was transformed from campus life to military life, serving in the armed forces, with tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. Upon returning home, he began working in his family businesses --J.S. Williams' Funeral Home and Insurance Services. After learning and maturing within the business, he became the CEO of the family's 112-year-old establishment.

Tarver was taught early in life about the importance of helping the people of the community and being a part of their growth. Those lessons led to his calling of being a civic leader and public service official. He served on the Board of Confederate Memorial Hospital where he worked for the name change of the hospital. As a member of the Caddo Parish Police Jury, Shreveport City Council and other local community organizations, his goal has always been to level the playing field for the youth, elderly, and the working men and women of our communities, who for so long had no one to deliver for them.

Tarver, his wife, Velma Kirksey-Tarver -a professional life coach and global humanitarian, and his children, are proud to be a part of this great community. He is truly grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you.