Hazel is only the second Republican ever to hold the District 27 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives.He is only the third member of his party in modern times to represent Rapides Parish in the state House, the others having been the late Jock Scott, who served as a Republican from neighboring District 26 from 1985-1988, and Randy Wiggins, the District 27 representative from 1996-2000, who left the House after an unsuccessful challenge in 1999 to State Senator Joe Mc Pherson.Lowell Christopher Hazel, known as Chris Hazel (born January 25, 1965), is an attorney from Pineville, Louisiana, who is a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 27, which encompasses northern Rapides Parish in the central portion of his state. Representative Lindy Boggs of Louisiana's 2nd congressional district in New Orleans.
He then attended United States Marine Corps infantry training school at Camp Pendleton, California, and served in the Marines at 29 Palms, California, until 1986. He attended the United States Border Patrol training institute at Artesia, New Mexico.From 1992 to 1997, he was a Border Patrol agent at the Chula Vista station in San Diego. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, which conferred on him his Juris Doctor degree in 2000.After law school, he returned to Louisiana at the age of thirty-five to begin a legal career. He is married to the former Karen Frances Centanni; the couple has two children, Sydney and Brik. In the October 20, 2007, nonpartisan blanket primary, Hazel unseated Democratic Representative Rick L.Hazel holds membership in the Louisiana Bar and the Louisiana District Attorney's associations, the American Legion, Kiwanis International, the Amerita Club, the Rapides/Pineville Soccer Association, and the National Rifle Association. Farrar of Pineville, 9,330 votes (62.5 percent) to 5,611 (37.5 percent).Farrar was narrowly unseated for the 1996-2000 term by the Republican Randy Wiggins of Pineville, a State Farm Insurance agent in Alexandria.
On October 6, 1995, Wiggins defeated Farrar, 6,350 votes (51.1 percent) to 6,077 (48.9 percent).
When Wiggins ran for the state senate in 1999 against former Senator Joe Mc Pherson, who did not run in 1995, Farrar staged a successful return to office.
In the 2003 primary, Farrar handily defeated Independent "Pete" Ferrington, 7,072 (61 percent) to 4,519 (39 percent). From 2000-2002, he was a law clerk for Ninth Judicial District Judge Tom Yeager in Alexandria.
Randy Wiggins, meanwhile, challenged the reelection of Hazel in the primary held on October 22, 2011, but Hazel handily defeated the former representative, 8,089 votes (60.8 percent) to 5,220 votes (39.2 percent). As a legislator, Hazel maintains an unusually heavy committee schedule with membership on (1) Administration of Criminal Justice, (2) Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development, (3) Homeland Security, (4) Joint Capital Outlay, (5) Military and Veterans Affairs, (6) Ways and Means, and (7) Executive (chairman).
Hazel served from 2004 to 2007 as an assistant district attorney in Alexandria, the seat of government of Rapides Parish and the largest city in Central Louisiana. Hazel's first bill, HB 148, passed in the 2008 legislative session.
It "adds the intentional manufacturing, purchasing, distributing, or attempting to manufacture, purchase, or distribute a controlled dangerous substance in violation of the CDS law in the presence of a minor child as an element of the crime of cruelty to a juvenile." Reflecting his own background as an employee of two district attorneys, Hazel introduced HB 303 in March 2008.