H. Neil Riser, Jr.
Hartwell Neil Riser, Jr., known as Neil Riser is a funeral home owner in Columbia, the seat of Caldwell Parish in northeastern Louisiana, who is also a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate.
Riser was born to Hartwell Riser, Sr. (1934-1985), and the former Lillian Gore (born 1937), since Lillian R. Gentry of Monroe, the wife of Herschel Gentry, Jr. He graduated from Caldwell Parish High School in Columbia in 1980. Columbia, located south of Monroe in northeastern Louisiana, was the home of Governor John McKeithen (1918-1999) and Secretary of State W. Fox McKeithen (1946-2005).
In 1984, Riser earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana University). He is president and owner of Riser Funeral Homes in Caldwell and La Salle parishes. The Riser family has operated the funeral home since 1934. He also serves as a board member of Caldwell Bank and Trust in Columbia. He is a past president of Pelican State Life Insurance Company. He was previously in the timber business, having worked in logging at the age of fourteen.