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Senator Jean-Paul "JP" Morrell
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Biography...

Senator Jean-Paul "JP" Morrell was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The third of four boys, he grew up in the 7th Ward of New Orleans.  His parents, Arthur and Cynthia, an attorney and public school principal respectively, impressed upon him the importance of education, advocacy and public service from an early age.  Both of his parents served in various appointed and elected positions throughout formative years.

He attended McDonogh #15 Elementary School and graduated from the prestigious Metairie Park Country Day School.  He received his Bachelor of Political Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama before returning New Orleans to earn his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School.

Before election to the legislature, JP served as member of the Orleans Parish Office of Indigent Public Defender Program (OIDP) for Magistrate Court, providing legal services for clients who could not afford an attorney for misdemeanor offenses.

JP was first elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 2006, in a special election, to fill the unexpired term of his father, Arthur, who had previously represented House District 97 for 24 years.  As a new House Member in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, JP was heavily involved in recovery efforts, neighborhood participation and voter advocacy in the wake of that disaster.  After being re-elected with opposition in 2007, JP was selected to chair the House Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs committee, making him one of the youngest chairmen in the history of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

In 2008, JP was elected to the Louisiana State Senate in a special election to replace Senator Derrick Sheppard.  Upon entering the Senate, he was immediately promoted to the chairmanship of the Senate Municipal Affairs Committee.  After his re-election in 2011, he went on to serve as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary B Committee and, after being re-elected without opposition in 2015, he is currently the chairman of the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, which sets all tax policies for the State of Louisiana.

In his time in the legislature, JP has proven to be a capable leader who builds bipartisan coalitions to pass complex and controversial legislation.

JP has passed extensive ethics and governmental reform legislation; such as substantially restructuring the Orleans Parish Sewerage and Water Board for the first time in over 100 years, as well as banning companies involved in bribery schemes from continuing to contract with municipal, parish or state entities.

JP also authored comprehensive sentencing and criminal justice reform.  He passed substantial changes to marijuana sentencing guidelines, building consensus among law enforcement and reform advocates, to dramatically reduce the penalties for simple possession of marijuana.  JP fought to change the age for adult prosecution in Louisiana from 17 to 18 years of age, bringing Louisiana into conformity with the rest of the United States, as part of his extensive juvenile justice reform package. Additionally, he has authored numerous bills to afford increased educational opportunities for incarcerated adults as well as legislation to promote more expansive probation and parole eligibility.

Recently, JP passed sweeping legislation regarding a plethora of women’s issues, such as; increased transparency of rape kit testing, comprehensive changes regarding sexual assault on college campuses, increased protection for victims of domestic violence as well as expanding the remedies of domestic assault victims to get immediate divorces and sue their abusers for support.  JP is a champion regarding reproductive rights and has authored bills regarding Equal Pay for Women.

JP currently serves as a member of the Senate Judiciary B Committee, Senate Labor & Industrial Relations Committee, Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Select Committees for Disaster Recovery and Oversight of the Deepwater Horizon Claims Facility.  He serves as a member of the Bond Commission, Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget as well as Joint Committee on Capital Outlay.  JP is also member of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the Louisiana Rural Caucus, the Senate Democratic Caucus, the Orleans Parish Delegation as well as the Jefferson Parish Delegation.   

Outside of the legislature, JP is currently 'of counsel' with The Middleberg Riddle Group Law Firm, a multi-state law firm, located in Louisiana and Texas.  As an attorney, JP specializes in insurance, health care, regulatory and compliance law as well as environmental, land use and zoning advocacy.  

JP and his wife, Catherine live in the Gentilly area within New Orleans with their three children; Jude, Fiona and Alexander. 



 


Senator Jean-Paul
Contact:

District Office
6001 Stars and Stripes Boulevard Suite 221 New Orleans, LA 70126

District Phone
(504)284-4794

Fax
(504)284-4796

E-mail Address
morrelljp@legis.la.gov

Legislative Assistant
Krystal Hendon

Related Links:
Session Information
Committees Assignments

Questions and comments may be directed to websen@legis.la.gov
Baton Rouge, Louisiana.