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More Morrell?

In one of this political cycle’s less controversial moments, J.P. Morrell announced that he will seek reelection as Louisiana State Senator for District 3. Morrell has held that seat since winning a special election in December 2008.


Morrell, a NOLA lawyer, is a political scion. His father Art Morrell as served as Orleans Parish Clerk of Criminal Court since 2006 since 2006. Prior to that post, Art Morrell represented District 97 for the Louisiana House of Representatives. When he shifted from that post to clerk, son J.P. defeated Brian Patrick Egana for the seat. Two years later, he assumed the Senate seat that he has held since.


The Senate tenure of Morrell was marked by pushes for reforming marijuana possession penalties and to protect the victims of sexual assault. Morrell has also pushed for more housing opportunities for those displaced by the Federal Flood and for concealed carry reform.


District 3 encompasses an odd mix of neighborhoods. (Some might call it a “gerrymander.”) The area encompasses Southeast Louisiana from Marrero in the southwest, across Chalmette, to New Orleans East in the northeast and Gentilly in the northwest.


The State Senator is also an avid fan of podcasts, Twitter, sneakers, and superheroes.

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