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Franklin Johnson Foil

Assumed office 
January 14, 2008
Preceded by Carl Crane

Born October 31, 1964 (1964-10-31) (age 45)
Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Tanja Dee Vanhook Foil
Children Kathleen, Grace, and Andy Foil
Alma mater Louisiana State University

Loyola University New Orleans

Occupation Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Franklin Johnson Foil (born October 31, 1964) is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 70, which includes a portion of Baton Rouge. In 2008, he succeeded term-limited Republican Representative Carl Crane, the former chairman of the House Education Committee. To win the seat, Foil defeated fellow Republican attorney Pat Culbertson.


Early life

Foil was born and raised in Baton Rouge, the son of Frank Foil and the former Judith Johnson. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1987 with a B.A. in Political Science and in 1991 received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, a Judge Advocate General, and has served as Judge Pro Tempore at the Baton Rouge City Court.


Foil is married to the former Tanja Dee Van Hook (born March 10, 1967), and the couple has three children: Kathleen, Grace, and Andy. The family attends First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge where Foil has been a member since 1977 and currently serves as an elder. Tanja has a B.A. degree in journalism from LSU. She currently serves on the boards of the Baton Rouge Bar Auxiliary and the Chi Omega House Corporation. She is a Sustaining Advisor for the Junior League of Baton Rouge and is an active member and volunteer at First Presbyterian Church.

Election history

Foil defeated Pat Culbertson in the general election held on November 17, 2007: 5,399 (53 percent) to 4,809 (47 percent) in a small-turnout election. Culberton had nearly won the seat outright in the October 20 primary, with 49 percent to 40 percent for Foil. A third Republican candidate, self-styled "Reagan conservative" Aidan Reynolds, also an attorney, drew only 11 percent of the vote.[1]


  • [2] Franklin Foil's official Representative page
  • [3] Franklin Foil's personal website


  1. ^ [1] Election Results of primary election from Louisiana Secretary of State


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