New Orleans, Louisiana
|New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Last mayoral election:||2014|
|Next mayoral election:||2018|
|Last city council election:||2014|
|Next city council election:||2018|
|City council seats:||7|
|2014 FY Budget:||$505 million|
|Population in 2013:||378,715|
|Race:||African American 60.2%|
Hispanic or Latino 5.2%
Two or More Races 1.7%
|Median household income:||$36,681|
|High school graduation rate:||84.7%|
|College graduation rate:||33.0%|
|Related New Orleans offices|
|Louisiana Congressional Delegation|
Louisiana State Legislature
Louisiana state executive offices
- See also: Mayor-council government
The city of New Orleans utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.
The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Mitch Landrieu is the current Mayor of New Orleans.
The New Orleans City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The New Orleans City Council is made up of seven members. Five are elected by the city's five districts, while two are elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
The New Orleans City Council features eight standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.
A current list of New Orleans City Council committees can be found here.
Boards and commissions
A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the New Orleans City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.
For a full list of New Orleans city boards and commissions, see here.
Mayoral incumbent Mitch Landrieu won re-election in the primary, earning more than 50 percent of the vote. Consequently, the mayoral runoff election scheduled for March 15, 2014, was called off.
New Orleans' adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014 was $505 million.
Office of the Mayor
1300 Perdido St
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-4900
1300 Perdido Street
Second Floor West
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 658-1000
To contact individual council members, see here.
Population as of the July, 2011 census update: 360,740
Consolidated City-Parish with Charter
No ordinance initiative or referendum process was found in the New Orleans City charter or code. Charter amendments may be initiated by petition signed by 10% of registered voters or 10,000, whichever is fewer (New Orleans Charter, Sec. 9-201 to 203).
In 2013, New Orleans' federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $320,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which New Orleans filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|14||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|1||Disaster & Emergency Planning|
|1||Economics & Econ Development|
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Nola, "Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Nola City Council, "Home," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Nola City Council, "Committees," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Nola, "Boards," accessed on October 23, 2014
- New York Times, "Mitch Landrieu Is Re-elected Mayor of New Orleans," February 2, 2014
- Sun Herald, "New Orleans Mayor: Voters have spoken - again," February 2, 2014
- Nola, "2014 NOLA Adopted Budget," accessed on October 23, 2014
- US Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Louisiana: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011," accessed on October 30, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of New Orleans, LA," accessed on October 23, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
State of Louisiana
Baton Rouge (capital)
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | State Treasurer | Superintendent of Education | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry | Secretary of Natural Resources | Executive Director of the Workforce Commission | Chairman of Public Service Commission |