Louisiana is well aware of two brothers working from humble beginnings to positions of prominence in the persons of governors (as well as U.S. Senator and Congressman) Huey P. and Earl K. Long. Yet a family with three such brothers is remarkable and is honored with the Hall of Fame’s “Family of Officeholders Award.”
The sons of Emile Bagneris Sr. include John Bagneris who worked his way through Southern University and became chairman of Treme Community Improvement Association which sought better housing and rent control for neighborhood residents. He’d be elected state representative for District 100 in 2016.
Dennis Bagneris, a graduate of Xavier University and Tulane Law School, was elected District 3 state senator in 1984 and ran unopposed three more times before winning the Louisiana Fourth District Court of Appeal judgeship in 1999. Support of state teachers was a benchmark of his tenure.
Michael Bagneris, a graduate of Yale University and Tulane Law School, served as executive counsel to New Orleans Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial. He would later be elected judge in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court where he would serve for 20 years and has remained active as a judicial educator through lectures and committee posts.