Jean-Paul “JP” Morrell is the State Senator for District 3, which spans across parts of St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes. While District 3 neighborhoods are diverse, we have a lot more in common than not. JP represents our shared interests to get the job done. As a husband and father of two, JP is known as the state’s champion for families. He fights for the issues and policies that support women and children to keep families and communities strong. A powerhouse in the Senate, JP works with the entire New Orleans Metro Area delegation to ensure that District 3’s interests are always being represented well.
Highlights of Accomplishments
- Secured millions of dollars needed to rehabilitate Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East
- Created the Non Flood Protection Asset Management Authority to re-open and revitalize the Lakefront of New Orleans
- Restructured the Sewerage and Water Board, New Orleans Lakefront Airport, and New Orleans Regional Business Park
- Fought for FEMA funding for Nunez Community College in Chalmette
- Fought to prevent the consolidation of University of New Orleans and Southern University at New
- Orleans as well as additional Capitol Outlay dollars for upgrades and renovations at both campuses
- Led an investigation into law enforcement state wide that uncovered more than 1,000 untested rape kits across Louisiana
- Authored, supported, and passed numerous pieces of legislation supporting Equal Pay for Women
- Established Sexual Assault Working Group
- Fought for fair housing options for victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita
- Champion of a package of legislation on sexual assault and domestic violence to protect victims and punish offenders
- Established the Pretrial Service Commission to assess the safety and flight risk of defendants
- Reduced penalties for marijuana possession to free up resources to fight violent crime
- Authored legislation that protects children who have witnessed violent crimes
- As a member of the Algiers Development District, helped lead the redevelopment of the Federal City site in Algiers
- As Chairman of the Gentilly Development District, helped lead the redevelopment of the Milne Boy’s Home located in Gentilly
- Eliminated loop holes and expanded the penalties in regards to cock-fighting as well as additional initiatives to prevent cruelty to animals
- Created the rules in the Louisiana Senate and House requiring everyone testifying before a committee, including politicians and state departments, sign an oath that their testimony is truthful
- Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary B
- Senate Education
- Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs
- Senate & Governmental Affairs
- Joint Legislative Committee on Capitol Outlay
- Chairman of the Entertainment Industry Development Advisory Commission
- Chairman of the Orleans Justice and Rehabilitation Reform Commission
- Chairman Pre-trial Services Commission
- Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery
- Law Enforcement Management District of Orleans Parish
- Select Committee on Oversight of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility
- “Legislative Advocacy Award” by the New Orleans Family Justice Center
- Two time “Legislative Champion” by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Women’s Leadership Council
- “Top Ten Legislator″ by Blueprint Louisiana
- “Acclaim Award” by the Forum For Equality
- Two time Chamber of Southwest Louisiana “Business Champion”
- “Legislator of the Year” by the Alliance for Good Government
- Distinguished Legislative Services Award from the Louisiana Counseling Association
- Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana “Justice for Youth Award”
- Recognized as a “Top New Orleans Legislator” by Gambit Weekly
- Two time “Legislator of the Year” by Humane Society of Louisiana
JP was first elected to public office as a state representative in 2006, where he served until joining the Senate in 2008. He is a constant advocate for well-paying jobs, quality schools, safe streets, and accountable government. One of his top priorities has been the battle against sexual assault, and he has developed an entire package of legislation to address the issue.
As the son of a career educator and principal, JP spent more than the average share of time during his childhood at schools. During this influential period in his life, he learned the value of a quality education. He saw how hard work before, during, and after class paved the way for future rewards. However, he also noted the pivotal role that community plays in an individual’s life, observing that success depends on a network of supporters — from parents and teachers to administrators and lawmakers. JP’s commitment to education is so strong that he resigned his longstanding position on the Louisiana State Senate’s Natural Resources Committee to fill the vacant seat on the Senate Education Committee. This bold move in 2015 came at a contentious time for education in Louisiana.
JP’s own education includes graduating from Spring Hill College with a degree in Political Science. He later went on to Tulane University Law School, where he was elected as the first African-American President of the Tulane Graduate and Professional Studies Association (GaPSA), the governing student organization over all Tulane Graduate Programs. He graduated from Tulane Law School with a Juris Doctorate and Certification in Civil Law.
Throughout college, JP spent his summers working with the Art without a Roof Program, part of the New Orleans Public School Homeless Education Program, where he taught creative writing to homeless children.
JP began his law career at Morrell & Morrell, LLC, which he co-founded with his father, Arthur Morrell. During this time, he also worked as a member of the Orleans Parish Office of Indigent Public Defender Program (OIDP), serving as the Public Defender for Magistrate Court until his election to the Louisiana State Legislature. Today he is Of Counsel to the Middleberg Riddle Group, a New Orleans-based law firm.