In 1971 Paul was elected Senator for the parishes of Iberia, and St. Martin. In 1976, he was elected Secretary of State in one of the greatest upset victories in Louisiana history. During 1980-1984, he served as Louisiana’s Secretary of Transportation. In 1987, he was elected as Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor. Hardy led the way to enact legislation creating Tax Free Shopping, which still today gives foreigners a great incentive to visit Louisiana.