Ben Rivera

For State Representative District 47

The challenges we face and the opportunities at hand are too important and crucial for politics as usual.  I will be qualifying as a candidate and working for: lower auto insurance rates, agricultural producers including fisherman, helping Louisiana become oil and gas friendly and economic development.  It is essential we have a voice at the table to recruit companies, create jobs and shape the population growth that we are experiencing in District 47.  I want to be in the Louisiana House doing exactly what I have done in our community – build relationships based on trust and call for government to be responsive and accountable to the needs of our people.  I humbly ask you to join our mission in having a State Representative that puts the needs of District 47 and Louisiana above all else.  I thank you for visiting this page and your consideration.

About Ben Rivera

Ben Rivera exemplifies the District 47 way of life through family, faith and “joire de vivre.” Ben resides in Leroy, Louisiana and is married to Hallie Barras Rivera. Hallie is a graduate of the University of Louisiana in Lafayette (ULL), has taught at Eaton Park Elementary and Meaux Elementary for the past 17 years, and is a past Vermilion Parish Teacher of the Year.  Ben and Hallie have two sons Gavin Rivera and Rylan Rivera. Gavin is a student at North Vermilion High School and is an aspiring musician who is accomplished in a variety of string instruments. Rylan is a student at North Vermilion Middle School, current member of the NVMS Robotics Club, and past 4-H Club Vice President. Ben and his family attend St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Maurice.  Ben Rivera’s parents are Sammy and Charlene Picard of Vermilion Parish and Ruben Rivera, Sr.  Family is important to Ben and he has many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins throughout Acadiana.  Ben also views the people of District 47 as “his people.”  His mission for his District 47 extended family is to “Live, Love and Prosper!” and we are excited and inspired with this initiative.


  • ULL MBA Program, Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
  • ULL, Bachelor of General Studies Behavioral Science Concentration
  • LSU/LIDEA, Louisiana Economic Development Certification coursework completion
  • Graduate of Leadership Vermilion Program
  • Graduate of North Vermilion High School

Civic Leadership

  • Vermilion Parish Economic Development District, President
  • Vermilion Parish Chamber of Commerce, past President
  • Vermilion Parish Community Flood Rating System Advisory Committee
  • Leadership Vermilion Steering Committee Coordinator

Professional Accomplishments

  • 15 years professional insurance work experience as a licensed insurance agent
  • Certified Insurance Counselor
  • Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow
  • Financial Services Specialist
  • Currently pursuing Risk Management Certification

The Leadership District 47 Needs

Live, Love, and Prosper!

Ben Rivera is focused on creating jobs and expanding businesses that bolster the agricultural industry while maintaining the traditions and way of life in District 47 such as the seafood industry.  He is an advocate for Louisiana auto insurance reform (reduce auto insurance rates), education, and “keep it local” economically.  He will work to revitalize the oil & gas industries which will allow South Louisiana to join the nation in the economic uprise.  Ben feels that a prosperous District 47 makes a better Louisiana and we agree with him.  He is aware that coastal conservation and restoration is a vital part of that prosperity.  Ben has also served on committees to advocate for reduced flood insurance program rates.  Combined with his love of life, education, pro-life stance, and qualifications, Ben Rivera would make an excellent representative for District 47.  He is a registered Republican who maintains that political parties must work together for the good of everyone.  Please join us in having Ben qualify as a candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 47 by displaying the logo in the window of your home.  Most importantly, VOTE ON ELECTION DAY!

Please join us in having Ben qualify as a candidate for Louisiana State Representative District 47 by displaying the logo in the window of your home and business.  As Shown Below.

Connect with Ben Rivera!

Ben Rivera is here to answer any and all questions from the people he will be representing in District 47.  Please enter the information in the “Ask Ben” form below and Ben will get back to you on how he can help as the State Representative for District 47.

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