Jean-Paul J. Morrell

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Jean-Paul J. Morrell
Jean-Paul J. Morrell.jpg
Louisiana State Senate District 3
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedDecember 6, 2008
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sSpring Hill College, 2001
J.D.Tulane University Law School, 2004
Date of birthSeptember 2, 1978
Office website
Jean-Paul J. Morrell (b. September 2, 1978) is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 3.


Morrell earned his BS from Spring Hill College in 2001. He went on to receive his JD from Tulane University Law School in 2004.

Professional experience

Morrell was a Staff Intern for United States Senator John Breaux in 2001. In 2006 he was Public Defender for the Office of Indigent Public Defender at Orleans Parish in 2006. He has worked as partner for Morrell & Morrell, Limited Liability Company, since 2004.

Political experience

Morrell served in the Louisiana State House of Representatives from 2006 to 2008. He then won a special election for the Louisiana State Senate, District 3, on December 6, 2008. He has served the Senate since, representing the 3rd district.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Morrell served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Morrell served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Morrell served on the following committees:


Morrell and his wife, Catherine, have one child.



See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Morrell ran for re-election in 2011. He defeated current Senate District 2 incumbent Cynthia Willard-Lewis (D) in the October 22 primary. Willard-Lewis was relocated as a result of redistricting. Because Louisiana uses a blanket primary system, a candidate can be declared the overall winner of the seat by garnering 50 percent +1 of the vote in the primary. However, if no candidate reached this threshold, then a general election would have taken place on November 19, 2011 between the top-two vote getters.[1]

Louisiana State Senate District 3 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJ.P. Morrell Incumbent 53.2% 11,280
     Democratic Cynthia Willard-Lewis 46.8% 9,911
Total Votes 21,191


Morrell was elected to the Louisiana State Senate District 3 in a special election held December 6, 2008. He defeated Shawn Barney.[2]

Louisiana State Senate District 3 Special Election (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png J.P. Morrell (D) 5,477
Shawn Barney (D) 4,558

Campaign donors


In 2011, Morrell received $363,820 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[3]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jean-Paul J. Morrell's campaign in 2011
Bruno & Bruno$6,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 60$5,000
Louisiana State Farm Agents$4,000
Louisiana Association Of Business & Industry$3,930
Cynthia Hedge-Morrell Inc$3,540
Total Raised in 2011 $363,820
Total Votes received in 2011 11,280
Cost of each vote received $32.25

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