New Orleans City Council
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Type
Type
Leadership
Council President
Helena Moreno (D)
since May 2019
Structure
Seats7
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Political groups
  Democratic (7)
Elections
Two-round system
Last election
November 13, 2021
Meeting place
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New Orleans City Hall
Council Chamber
New Orleans, LA
Website
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The New Orleans City Council is the legislative branch of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The current mayor-council form of city government was created in 1954, following the 1950 amendment of the state constitution that provided for a home rule charter for the city. The 1954 Charter provided for seven members, five elected from single-member districts, and two elected at-large, replacing the 1912 Charter, which provided for a commission form of government with a mayor and four commissioners.[1]

The council members are elected to four-year terms, using the two-round system. The President and the Vice President of the Council are chosen by the council at its organizational meeting on the day members take office following the election. The President is elected from the two at-large members; any of the other members of the Council may be elected Vice President.[2]

Members

The current members of the New Orleans City Council:[3]

Officers:

District Name Party
A Joseph I. Giarrusso III DEM
B Lesli Harris DEM
C Freddie King III DEM
D Eugene J. Green DEM
E Oliver Thomas DEM
At-large Division 1 Helena Moreno DEM
At-large Division 2 Jean Paul "JP" Morrell DEM

All 7 members of the council are Democrats[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

Council members under the 1954 Charter

Under the 1954 Charter, council members are elected to four-year terms that begin on the first Monday in May following the election, except that a councilmember elected to fill a vacancy serves only for the remainder of the unexpired term.[11] Vacancies that occur less than one year before the end of the term may be filled by appointment; vacancies of a year or longer are filled by special election, and that vacancy may be filled by appointment for the period before the special election.[12] After the regular 1970 elections, a redistricting dispute delayed the next regular Council elections until 1976, and the following regular Council election was held in 1978.[11] Effective in 1991, a council member who has served more than one and a half terms in two consecutive terms may not be elected to the office for the following term.[11][12] Beginning in 2014 the at-large seats are voted on as separate offices, designated as Division 1 and Division 2.[13] Effective June 1, 2018, the terms of office begin on the second Monday in January following the election.[14]

Office holders for terms before 2022 and reference notes for those office holders are from the City Archives at the New Orleans Public Library. Office holders for the 2022-2026 term are from the Louisiana Secretary of State election results for the November 13, 2021, general election and the December 11, 2021, runoff election.

Term At-Large Seats[15] District Seats
Division 1 Division 2 A B C D E

1954-1958

Glenn P. Clasen

Victor H. Schiro

A. Brown Moore

Paul V. Burke

James E. Fitzmorris

Fred J. Cassibry

Walter M. Duffourc

1958-1962

Glenn P. Clasen[16]

James A. Comiskey[17]

Victor H. Schiro[18]

Theodore Hickey[19]

Henry B. Curtis

Fred J. Cassibry[20]

John J. Petre[21]

Theodore Hickey[22]

Walter M. Duffourc[23]

1962-1966

James E. Fitzmorris

Joseph V. DiRosa

Walter F. Marcus[24]

Clarence O. Dupuy, Jr.

John J. Petre

Daniel Kelly

1966-1970

John J. Petre

Moon Landrieu[25]

Eddie L. Sapir[26]

James A. Moreau

Philip Ciaccio

1970-1976[27]

Joseph V. DiRosa

James A. Moreau

Peter H. Beer[28]

Frank Friedler[29]

Eddie L. Sapir[30]

A.L. Davis[31]

John D. Lambert

1976-1978

Joseph I. Giarrusso

Frank Friedler

A.L. Davis

Mike Early

Brod Bagert

1978-1982

Sidney J. Barthelemy[32]

Frank Friedler[33]

Joel Loeffleholz[34]

Bryan Wagner[35]

James (Jim) Singleton

Brod Bagert[36]

Niles Hellmers[37]

Lambert Boissiere[38]

Philip Ciaccio[39]

Howard Beck[40]

1982-1986

Bryan Wagner

Lambert Boissiere

Wayne Babovich[41]

Ulysses Williams[42]

1986-1990

Dorothy Mae Taylor

Peggy Wilson

Johnny Jackson, Jr.

1990-1994[43]

Jacquelyn B. Clarkson

1994-1998

Peggy Wilson

James (Jim) Singleton

Suzanne Haik Terrell

Oliver Thomas

Troy Carter

Roy Glapion

Ellen Hazeur-Distance

1998-2002

Eddie L. Sapir

Suzanne Haik Terrell[44]

Howell Crosby[45]

Scott Shea[46]

Roy Glapion[47]

H. Kenneth Johnston[48]

Marlin Gusman[49]

Ellen Hazeur-Distance[50]

Lula Harris Breaux[51]

Cynthia Willard-Lewis[52]

2002-2006

Oliver Thomas

John A. Batt, Jr.

Renée Gill Pratt

Jacquelyn B. Clarkson

Marlin Gusman[53]

David Payton[54]

Cynthia Hedge-Morrell[55]

Cynthia Willard-Lewis

2006-2010

Arnie Fielkow

Oliver Thomas[56]

Michael Darnell[57]

Jacquelyn B. Clarkson[58]

Shelley Midura

Stacey Head

James Carter

Cynthia Hedge-Morrell

2010-2014

Arnie Fielkow[59]

Eric Granderson[60]

Stacey Head[61]

Jacquelyn B. Clarkson

Susan Guidry

Stacey Head[62]

Diana Bajoie[63]

LaToya Cantrell[64]

Kristen Gisleson Palmer

Jon Johnson[65]

Ernest Charbonnet[66]

James Austin Gray II[67]

2014-2018

Stacey Head

Jason Williams

LaToya Cantrell[68]

Nadine Ramsey

Jared C. Brossett

James Austin Gray II

2018-2022

Helena N. Moreno

Joseph I. Giarrusso III

Jay H. Banks

Kristen Gisleson Palmer

Cyndi Nguyen

2022-2026

Jean Paul "JP" Morrell

Lesli Harris

Freddie King III

Eugene J. Green

Oliver Thomas

Earlier members, under the commission form of government

References

  1. ^ "200 Years of the City Charter". City Archives, New Orleans Public Library. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  2. ^ "New Orleans Home Rule Charter, Section 3-107".
  3. ^ "Meet the Council". New Orleans City Council. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  4. ^ Stein, Michael Isaac (28 January 2021). "Donna Glapion appointed interim City Councilwoman". The Lens. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Joe Giarrusso III". Ballotpedia.
  6. ^ "Jay Banks". Ballotpedia.
  7. ^ "Kristin Palmer". Ballotpedia.
  8. ^ "Jared Brossett". Ballotpedia.
  9. ^ "Cyndi Nguyen". Ballotpedia.
  10. ^ "Helena Moreno". Ballotpedia.
  11. ^ a b c "New Orleans City Council Members Since 1954". City Archives, New Orleans Public Library. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  12. ^ a b New Orleans Home Rule Charter, Section 3-105
  13. ^ "New Orleans Home Rule Charter, Section 3-102".
  14. ^ New Orleans Home Rule Charter, Section 3-102, June 29, 2015
  15. ^ Designation of seats as Division 1 and Division 2 began in 2014
  16. ^ 1958-1961; appointed CAO, January 1961
  17. ^ 1961-1962; elected to fill Clasen's unexpired term
  18. ^ 1958-1961; appointed to fill Mayor Morrison's unexpired term, 1961
  19. ^ 1961-1962; appointed to fill Schiro's unexpired term
  20. ^ 1958-1961; elected judge, Civil District Court, July 1960
  21. ^ 1961-1962; elected to fill Cassibry's unexpired term
  22. ^ 1958-1961; appointed to fill Schiro's unexpired At-Large term, 1961
  23. ^ 1961-1962; appointed to fill Hickey's unexpired term, 1961
  24. ^ 1962-1966; elected judge, Civil District Court, 1966
  25. ^ Elected Mayor, 1970
  26. ^ 1967-1970; elected to fill Marcus' unexpired term
  27. ^ After the regular 1970 elections, a redistricting dispute delayed the next regular Council elections until 1976. The next regular election for Council was held in 1978.
  28. ^ 1970-1974; elected to La. Court of Appeals, 1974
  29. ^ 1974-1976; elected to fill Beer's unexpired term
  30. ^ 1970-1975; elected judge of Municipal Court, 1975
  31. ^ 1975-1976; appointed to fill Sapir's unexpired term
  32. ^ Elected Mayor, 1986
  33. ^ 1978-1980; retired, 1980
  34. ^ 1980-1981; appointed to fill Friedler's unexpired term
  35. ^ 1981-1982; elected to fill Friedler's unexpired term
  36. ^ 1978-1980; elected to La. Public Service Commission, 1980
  37. ^ 1980-1981; elected to fill Bagert's unexpired term, 1980; elected City Court judge, 1981
  38. ^ 1981-1982; elected to fill Hellmers' unexpired term
  39. ^ 1978-1982; appointed judge, La. 4th Cirtcuit Court of Appeals, January 1982
  40. ^ 1982; appointed to fill Ciaccio's unexpired term
  41. ^ 1982-1985; resigned, 1985
  42. ^ 1985-1986; appointed to fill Babovich's unexpired term
  43. ^ Term limits went into effect in 1991.
  44. ^ 1998-1999; resigned when elected La. Elections Commissioner
  45. ^ 2000; appointed to fill Terrell's unexpired term
  46. ^ 2000-2002; elected to fill Terrell's unexpired term
  47. ^ 1998-1999; died in office
  48. ^ 2000; appointed to fill Glapion's unexpired term
  49. ^ 2000-2002; elected to fill Glapion's unexpired term
  50. ^ 1998-2000; resigned when elected Clerk of First City Court
  51. ^ 2000; appointed to fill Hazeur-Distance's unexpired term
  52. ^ 2000-2002; elected to fill Hazeur-Distance's unexpired term
  53. ^ 2002-2004; resigned when elected Criminal Sheriff, 2004
  54. ^ 2004-2005; appointed to fill Gusman's unexpired term
  55. ^ 2005-2006; elected to fill Gusman's unexpired term
  56. ^ 2006-2007; resigned August 13, 2007
  57. ^ 2007; appointed to fill Thomas' unexpired term
  58. ^ 2007-2010; elected to fill Thomas' unexpired term
  59. ^ 2010-2011; resigned to head National Basketball Retired Players Association
  60. ^ 2011-2012; appointed to fill Fielkow's unexpired term
  61. ^ 2012-2014; elected to fill Fielkow's unexpired term
  62. ^ 2010-2012; resigned when elected to fill Fielkow's unexpired At-Large position
  63. ^ 2012; appointed to fill Head's unexpired term
  64. ^ 2012-2014; elected to fill Head's unexpired term
  65. ^ 2010-2012; resigned, 2012
  66. ^ 2012; appointed to fill Johnson's unexpired term
  67. ^ 2012-2014; elected to fill Johnson's unexpired term
  68. ^ Elected Mayor, 2018