James C. “Jim” Beam
Jimmy N. Dimos
Rev. Dr. T.J. Jemison Sr.
Maurice L. “Bud” Mapes
Dave N. Norris
(Read their biogrpahies in our Political Hall of Fame section)
“Friend of” Award Recipients
William C. “Bill” Broadhurst will receive the 2017 Friend of Edwin Edwards Award. William C. "Bill" Broadhurst is known both as a top-notch lawyer and a man who knows his way around the corridors of political power. He is a longtime friend and supporter of Gov. Edwin W. Edwards. Bill resides in Crowley, LA and is married to Nancy de la Houssaye Broadhurst.
James H. “Jimmy” Gill Jr. will receive the 2017 Friend of Russell Long Award. Gill has been a construction trade association executive, a Founder, CEO and officer of industrial construction/ maintenance contracting firms; a business attorney specializing in the international engineering, procurement and construction contracts. He has operated in the areas of governmental relations, project development, multi-national project financing, contract negotiations and administration and pre-litigation dispute resolution. His career includes governmental relations in legal and business/political consultant activities for selected clients.
Gus Weill will receive the 2017 Friend of John McKeithen Award. Gus Weill entered the political public relations field in 1958. Since that time, he has handled over 350 campaigns in Louisiana at every level of government. He is known as the father of modern political public relations in Louisiana and has spawned virtually every major consultant in the field.
Braxton “B.I” Moody III
Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger
Kaliste Saloom Jr.
Randy K. Haynie
Sam Houston Jones
Louisiana Political Family of Officeholders:
The Chehardy Family
Lawrence A. Chehardy was born on March 10,1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lawrence A. Chehardy was a long time Tax Assessor for Jefferson Parish and also served in the Circuit Court of Appeals. Chehardy Married Louise Ramoneda. Their three children are Lawrence Edward, Susan Marie and Carolyn Chehardy. Susan Chehardy has served as a judge in the 24th Judicial Court and on the Louisiana 5th Circuit of Appeals. Lawrence E. Chehardy retired after more than three decades as the longest-serving Jefferson Parish Assessor.
The Louisiana Political
Museum and Hall of Fame has had an ongoing fundraiser of selling
personalized bricks for our "Memory Walk". This year give
a gift that will last a life time. You can do this by adding your,
or a loved ones, name to the "Memory Walk". Employers,
you can recognize your company and faithful employees by purchasing
a brick on the "Memory Walk". Politicians, you can thank
your voters for their support. There is always a special someone
that needs honoring or thanking! You can purchase a brick from the Museum at a cost of $100.00 each. Up to three lines per brick, 15 spaces per line.