He was a member of the Budget and Agriculture Committee. Strain earlier served as a member of the St. Tammany Parish School Board representing Ward 10. He was born in Abita Springs on June 2, 1941, graduated from Poplarville High School in 1961, and earned a football scholarship to Pearl River Jr. College. His family was active in the timber business.
He died on July 29, 1999, at 58 years of age.