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Jeffrey Dennis Sadow

Born June 24, 1962 (1962-06-24) (age 47)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Deshae Elizabeth Lott Sadow
Children No children
Residence Bossier City, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater University of Oklahoma

Vanderbilt University
University of New Orleans

Occupation Professor, Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Religion Roman Catholic
Sadow's provocative political writings come with the disclaimer that opponents should not complain to the administration of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, for the work represents the views solely of the professor.

Jeffrey Dennis Sadow (born June 24, 1962) is an associate professor of political science at Louisiana State University in Shreveport known for his Internet writings on behalf of political conservatism and the Republican Party in Louisiana.


Academic background

Sadow joined the LSUS faculty in Shreveport as an assistant professor in 1991 and was promoted six years later to the rank of associate professor. In 1983, he received his bachelor of arts in political science and public administration from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. He procured a Master of Business Administration in 1985 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and, in 1990, his Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans. He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield from 2000–2001. He has also taught on a temporary basis at Centenary College and Southern University in Shreveport.[1]

Political writings

His blog, named by the Washington Post's "The Fix" blog by Chris Cillizza as one of the best about state political blogs in the nation,[2] is particularly critical of Democrats, such as President Barack Obama, Senator Mary Landrieu, her brother, Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, and Representative Charles Melancon, the only Democrat in Louisiana's seven-memberU.S. House of Representatives delegation. Of Mitch Landrieu, Sadow says the number-two state official "promotes partisanship over policy" and seeks to undermine the Jindal administration.[3] Of Melancon, Sadow claims the representative "appears to lack the capacity to understand [his hypocrisy] on the issue of government spending. Melancon regularly tries to convey the impression that he is not a tax-and-spend liberal. Yet he voted for the budget-crippling spending package that denies every principle on this score . . ."[4]

He is also a supporter of the reelection in 2010 of Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter of Louisiana. In 2009, he endorsed the election of former U.S. Representative Clyde C. Holloway to the Louisiana Public Service Commission in a special election held on April 4. Sadow then expressed amazement why State Senator Joe McPherson of Pineville withdrew from the scheduled general election against Holloway though McPherson had trailed in the primary by only 1 percent of the ballots. McPherson's withdrawal "doesn't ring genuinely. . . . whatever the real reasons may be are irrelevant to the fact he opted out, but nonetheless might be fascinating to know." [5]

He has usually defended the administration of Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, although has been critical of Jindal on matters such as education reform, corporate welfare, and spending. Indeed as a legislative session opened in April 2009, Sadow accused Democratic lawmakers of trying to embarrass the governor, a rising star in Republican national politics.[6]

Sadow's blog urges irate readers not to contact LSU-S officials to complain about his writings because the ideas presented are his own and are not affiliated with the university; instead, he maintains, they reflect his First Amendment rights.[7]

Sadow has endorsed term limits for all Louisiana elected officials. Now, only the legislature, the governor and some local officials are limited in the number of terms that they can hold office consecutively.[8]

On October 21, 1995, Sadow ran for a Shreveport seat on the Caddo Parish Commission vacated by fellow conservative Lloyd E. Lenard. However, Sadow lost to another Republican, John P. Escude (born May 16, 1958), 4,697 votes (56.4 percent) to 3,628 (43.6 percent).[9]

Family background

Sadow was born to Ronald Dennis Sadow (March 30, 1931 – February 22, 2005), formerly of New York.[10] and the former Helen Veronica Haddock (March 31, 1923 – March 17, 2009). His father was an engineering graduate of both the University of New Hampshire and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Sadow's parents met while they were serving in the United States Air Force and married on November 11, 1955. His mother, a registered nurse and a graduate of Boston College, was born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and reared in Needham. Helen Sadow's parents, Jeff Sadow's maternal grandparents, were Francis Oliver Haddock and the former Helen Frances Callahan. Francis Haddock, a police office in Needham was killed in the line of duty early in 1934 while he attempted to foil a bank robbery. Sadow has a twin brother, Jonathan Carl Sadow, a call service representative in Austin, Texas.[11]

Sadow is married to the former Deshae Elizabeth Lott, who holds a Ph.D. in English and is a specialist in spirituality in American literature. The couple resides in Bossier City.[1]

Accessing Sadow's work

Sadow's work is currently found on the following:

FAXNet Update (, BayouBuzz (, and PoliticsLa ( His work also is syndicated in a few Louisiana newspapers such as the Houma Courier (

His daily commentary on Louisiana and local politics is available at . Sadow's periodic reports on the Louisiana State Legislature may be accessed at[1]

His academic work may be found in several journals. Most recently and most relevant to Louisiana politics was a contribution to the online political science journal The Forum [12] concerning the factors behind the 2003 governor's contest.


  1. ^ a b c "LSUS Moodle". Retrieved April 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Best of State Political Blogs". Washington Post. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Between the Lines: "Lackey (Mitch) Landrieu promotes partisanship over policy"". Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Between the Lines: "Melancon need only look"". Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Between the Lines: "Questions remain about McPherson surrender motive"". Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ ""Democrat tax push designed to embarrass Jindal"". Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Jeffrey Sadow, Between the Lines". Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Between the Lines: "Term Limits for All Louisiana Elected Officials"". Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 21, 1995". Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Obituary of Helen Haddock Sadow". Shreveport Times. Retrieved March 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Partisanship, Chauvinism, and Reverse Racial Dynamics in the 2003 Louisiana Gubernatorial Election". The Forum. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 


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