Louisiana Political
Hall of Fame


2024 Inductee

Louis Joseph Lambert

Louis Joseph Lambert, a seasoned Louisiana politician and attorney, embarked on a multifaceted political journey in the early 1970s. Initially the Gonzales town attorney, Lambert secured a state Senate seat during the 1971-1972 election cycle, representing District 18 until 2004, covering East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes.  In 1979, Lambert vied for the Louisiana governorship, narrowly losing to Republican U.S. Representative David C. Treen. Despite setbacks, Lambert’s resilience continued to shape Louisiana’s political landscape. He served as a Public Service Commissioner, chairing the PSC for multiple terms. Lambert’s pivotal role in the 1973 state constitutional convention showcased his dedication to public service. He championed environmental causes, leading the Senate Environmental Committee during his State Senate tenure.  Educationally, Lambert graduated from the Capital Page School in Washington, D.C., and earned degrees from Louisiana State University and Loyola University in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. His community commitment was evident in organizations like the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, the East Ascension Sportsman League, and leadership roles in the River Region Cancer Clinic and The River Parishes Community College in Sorrento.  


Returning to the Louisiana State Senate in 1994 until 2004, Lambert chaired the Senate Environmental Committee, emphasizing collaboration on crucial environmental issues. Beyond politics, he significantly influenced Louisiana’s educational landscape as a member of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors. Lambert’s enduring impact on Louisiana’s political history is marked by his unwavering resilience and dedication to public service, including a closely contested gubernatorial race and legal battles.

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