Louisiana Political
Hall of Fame


2023 Inductee
Ben Bagert, Jr.

Ben Bagert, Jr.

Ben Bagert, Jr. is known as someone who values the dignity of hard work. At Jesuit High School, he excelled in many student and athletic activities. He earned his law degree at Loyola where he was named President of the student body. He began the practice of law in1968, His interest in politics led him to run as a Democrat for State Representative. This was a very tough campaign, but he won at the age of twenty-four. He served in the State House from 1970 – 1984. He was one of the famed “Young Turks” who worked with E.L. “Bubba” Henry for legislative reform. In 1984 he won a state Senate seat. In the Senate, he worked on opportunities for people suffering from addictive disorders, mental health challenges and those who were developmentally disabled. Bagert ran as a Republican in the 1990 United States Senate race, but withdrew early to prevent David Duke from securing a spot in the runoff election. He left politics in 1992 to devote himself full time to his law practice. Bagert’s ethical standards and legal expertise are widely respected as he has argued cases before numerous courts in several states. He has earned many accolades and awards and is affiliated with many law-related organizations. He has been named a “Top Lawyer” in Louisiana.

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