Seven Louisianians and one family have been inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame, joining over 160 other inductees who have left their mark on the Pelican State.
The event was held Saturday evening in the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette.
Donald T. ‘Boysie’ Bollinger
Bollinger is part of a family of shipbuilders who hail from around Lockport in Lafourche Parish.
He is the former chairman and CEO of Bollinger Shipyards Inc., which his father started in 1946. He remains chairman and CEO of Bollinger Enterprises LLC.
Bollinger serves on numerous boards, including as chairman of the University Medical Center Management Corporation and the Audubon Commission and is chairman of the Nicholls State University Foundation. He previously served on the President’s Export Council under former President George H.W. Bush and in 1973 was an elected delegate to the Louisiana Constitution Convention. Bollinger earned a degree in business administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Randy K. Haynie
A native of Lafayette, Haynie worked summers as an oilfield roughneck to earn his way through the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
He later served as sergeant at arms for the Louisiana Senate, then became an aide for Sen. Edgar “Sonny” Mouton and helped the Lafayette senator run for governor. He went on to form Haynie & Associates, a lobbying firm that represents the interests of corporate clients at the Legislature.
Haynie also owns Louisiana Government Studies, an annual published legislative directory, and he’s a collector of historic Louisiana memorabilia, including old bank notes dating to the 1800s; photos of former governors and items related to their office; early maps of Louisiana; and original paintings by local artists. The collection is on display at Longview, Haynie’s Baton Rouge office that once was Gov. Earl K. Long’s home.
Ieyoub, from Lake Charles, is a former attorney general of Louisiana who ran for U.S. Senate and governor of Louisiana.
Ieyoub’s 12 years as attorney general, from 1992 to 2004, was highlighted by a big tobacco settlement that helped pay for the health care of smokers. Ieyoub also was the Calcasieu Parish district attorney in Lake Charles from 1984 to 1992.
He played a leading role in formulating the legal theory of parens patriae, which allowed Louisiana to sue others on behalf of its citizens. Ieyoub went on to lead initiatives aimed at protecting children, fought against illegal narcotics through the Louisiana Coordinating Council on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Abuse and worked closely with the National Council Against Drinking and Driving.
He established a statewide school safety program and created a high-technology unit that targets sexual predators who prowl the Internet for underage victims.
Sam Houston Jones
Jones served one term as Louisiana’s governor, from 1940 until 1944, breaking the Long faction’s 12-year hold on the office.
Jones defeated Earl K. Long in the 1940 election by concentrating the campaign on the Louisiana Scandals of 1939. The scandals focused voters’ attention on the corruption that permeated Long’s administration.
Jones promised an honest administration and delivered on that promise. He ran for governor again in 1948 but was defeated by his old nemesis — Long — who, it was said, out-promised Jones to get more votes.
Jones brought reforms to state government in his one term in office that are still around today: civil service for government workers, competitive bidding on government projects and abolishment of the annual voter registrations.
He also kept some of the progressive programs championed by Huey and Earl Long: free lunch for schoolchildren, equal pay for black and white teachers, increased funding for state colleges, and state aid to the blind, the elderly and indigent families. He helped found the Public Affairs Research Council. Jones died at age 80 in 1978.
Mamoulides attended Tulane Law School starting in 1957 and flew aircraft as a member of the Air Force Reserves while studying. After completing law school in 1960, he became an air traffic controller in New Orleans and later started a law practice.
Mamoulides became a prosecutor with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office in 1966. He later became the district attorney, where he served until he retired in 1996. He later served as a consultant to the Office of Independent Counsel.
Braxton ‘B.I.’ Moody III
Moody is chairman of The Moody Company and of Louisiana State Newspapers, both based in Lafayette. He graduated from Rayne High School and was attending Auburn University when World War II broke out.
After serving in the Navy during the war, Moody returned to Louisiana and entered Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning, which later became the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He became an accountant and founded Moody, Broussard, Poché and Guidry.
He serves on numerous boards for corporations including Rayne State Bank and Trust; First National Bank, of Crowley; Coastal Chemical Company, of Abbeville; Lastarmco Inc., of Abbeville; and Riviana Foods Inc., of Houston. UL-Lafayette renamed its College of Business Administration after Moody.
Kaliste Saloom Jr.
The fifth of eight children born in Lafayette to Lebanese immigrants, Saloom graduated from SLI in 1939 with an arts degree and from Tulane Law School in 1942. Saloom enlisted in the Army in World War II and served in the Counterintelligence Corps.
After the war, he opened a law office in Lafayette. In 1948, he was appointed Lafayette city attorney. Then he ran for and won an election for city judge, serving as the court’s lone judge from 1953 to 1983.
Saloom retired from City Court in 1993 after 40 years on the bench. At 97, Saloom remains active in community service.
The Chehardy family
The 2016 Political Family of Officeholders goes to the Chehardys in New Orleans. Orleans Parish tax assessors Lawrence A. Chehardy and his son Lawrence E. Chehardy were in charge of the office for decades.
The elder Chehardy also served as a state appellate judge after he left the assessors office. Lawrence E. Chehardy retired in January 2010. His sister, Susan Marie Chehardy, has served as a state judge in the 24th Judicial District and now is a jurist on the state 5th Circuit Court of Appeal.