BATON ROUGE, La.—New Orleans Democrat Juan LaFonta says he's getting out of politics.
LaFonta, a state representative since 2005, recently lost a bid for Congress. He announced Thursday that he won't run for re-election next year but will return to his law practice full time.
He then backed Republican incumbent Joseph Cao over fellow Democratic state lawmaker Cedric Richmond, who was elected this month.
In the Legislature, LaFonta has been an advocate for hurricane recovery projects and gay and lesbian rights. He's also been an outspoken opponent of Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal.