‘Champion for Families’ to Continue Success on Crime, Jobs, and Schools
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NEW ORLEANS (August 7, 2015) — Senator Jean Paul “JP” Morrell announced that he will be seeking re-election for his current seat as State Senator for District 3, which spans across parts of St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes. While District 3 neighborhoods are diverse, residents have a lot more in common than not. Morrell represents their shared interests to get the job done. A powerhouse in the Senate, Morrell works with the entire New Orleans Metro Area delegation to ensure that District 3’s interests are always being represented well. As a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and a delegate to the Council For the United States and Italy, he has become a respected young leader and speaker internationally.
Morrell’s public service has been marked by major wins to improve the lives of people living in Southeast Louisiana, especially in the areas of crime, job creation, and education. The legislation he championed has helped neighborhoods recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, like helping secure millions of dollars needed to rehabilitate Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East and millions of dollars in FEMA funds for Nunez Community College in Chalmette. His signature legislation tackled long-overdue reforms needed to protect the victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and imposes harsher penalties on perpetrators.
The last day to register to vote in the election is September 23, 2015. Early voting begins on October 10, and the primary election date is October 24.
FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY
A husband and father of two, JP is known as the state’s champion for families. In addition to his work on behalf of the victims of sexual assault, he fights for the issues and policies that keep families strong, including well-paying jobs, safe streets, smart schools, accessible health care, and vibrant neighborhoods. He continues working hard to fix streets and install street-lights, as well as ensuring that children have access to quality learning environments, such as the new Lake Forest Elementary Charter School in New Orleans East. He brought millions home to reopen Methodist Hospital in New Orleans East and fought to get additional FEMA funding for Nunez Community College in Chalmette. As a member of the Algiers Development District and Chairman of the Gentilly Development District he has been a leader in the redevelopment of the Federal City site in Algiers and Milne Boy’s Home located in Gentilly.
JP has long been a champion of reforming and improving the criminal justice system. As both a former Orleans Parish Public Defender and brother of two New Orleans Police officers, he understands firsthand the importance of a strong, and fair, criminal justice system. He established the Pretrial Service Commission to assist the courts in assessing the safety and flight risk of a defendant when determining bonds and release conditions. He is currently spearheading efforts to have a legitimate conversation on how to streamline law enforcement in the City of New Orleans to get better outcomes with existing resources.
A steadfast advocate for women and children victims of abuse, JP formed the Sexual Assault Working Group to examine sexual assault incidents, investigations, and written policies at each Louisiana state college and university, leading to his passage of legislation addressing these issues. He has also authored laws that allows spouses who have been violently abused to get divorces more quickly and that protect abused children.
JP represents a diverse district, and he knows how to put politics aside in order to achieve what is best for the people he represents. JP is known for his tenacity in rooting out waste, negligence, and corruption in the public sector. He has authored and advocated for numerous policies to fix government and ensure it is working for all of us. He’s passed bills that bar contractors and companies that bribe officials from contracting with the State of Louisiana. He’s streamlined existing boards and commissions to better utilize our hard earned tax dollars. When state-funded jobs programs were not delivering, he held them accountable. And when BP was not meeting its obligations after the oil spill, he took them to task; and he continues to fight them to pay what they owe.
The son of a school principal, JP recognizes that improving education is the most effective way to enhance quality of life in Louisiana. To that end, last year he resigned his long standing position on the Senate Natural Resources Committee to fill the vacant seat on the Senate Education Committee. His bold move comes at a contentious time for education in Louisiana. Today we are faced with a range of challenging issues, including funding, Common Core, career and technical education, early childhood programs, and school governance. The education of our children, and grandchildren, is one the primary tasks of state government; and JP believes that he has a duty to represent District 3 on the forefront of this issue.
Louisiana Senate District 3 is a long, narrow district that sweeps across Southeast Louisiana from Marrero in the Southwest, across Chalmette, to New Orleans East in the Northeast and Gentilly in the Northwest. Every neighborhood in the district is unique, and each one has specific issues and priorities. But the residents of District 3 are more similar than not. We all want good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, and a strong education system to ensure the future. We’ve all suffered through hurricanes and the BP oil spill, and we have all worked hard — and continue to work hard — to come back better than ever. JP believes that by bringing diverse communities together for common goals, we can create opportunities for everyone.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS