Seven inductees will be added to the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame on March 12, organizers of the event announced.
The list includes shipbuilder Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger, prominent lobbyist Randy Haynie and the late former Gov. Sam Houston Jones.
Others are former state Attorney General Richard Ieyoub, ex-Jefferson Parish District Attorney John Mamoulides, Acadiana businessman Braxton Moody III and Kaliste Saloom Jr., who was the sole judge for the City Court of Lafayette from 1953-83.
The 2016 additions will be honored at a reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 12 at the Cajundome Convention Center Festival Ballroom in Lafayette with a banquet to follow at 7 p.m.
Bollinger is chairman and chief executive officer of Bollinger Enterprises LLC in Lockport, and former chairman and chief executive officer of Bollinger Shipyards Inc., a family-owned business set up in 1946. It is a marine construction and ship repair company.
Bollinger is former chairman of the Governor’s Maritime Advisory Task Force, former chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Port of New Orleans and served on the Export Council under former President George H. W. Bush. He is one of the largest donors to political campaigns in the state.
Haynie, a native of Lafayette, rose from serving as an assistant sergeant-at-arms in the Louisiana Senate after college to personal aide to former state Sen. Edgar “Sonny” Mouton.
He later launched Haynie & Associates and clients include General Electric, General Motors, Bollinger, JP Morgan Chase, the NFL and the New Orleans Saints.
Jones ended the 12-year hold on the governor’s office held by allies of the Long family when he defeated Earl Long in 1940.
He helped enact legislation that created civil service as it is known today, established competitive bidding for state purchases, and ended the practice of annual voter registration.
Ieyoub, who is commissioner of conservation, served as attorney general from 1992-2004 after serving as Calcasieu Parish district attorney from 1984-1992.
As attorney general he won a multimillion dollar tobacco settlement for the state of Louisiana as compensation for the health care costs of smokers.
Mamoulides was elected Jefferson Parish district attorney in 1972 and retired from the office in 1996.
He then served as legal consultant to the Office of Independent Counsel.
Moody is the chairman The Moody Company and of Louisiana State Newspapers Inc.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette renamed its College of Business Administration after Moody in recognition of his service to businesses in Acadiana.
Saloom, a native of Lafayette, is the fifth of seven children to Lebanese immigrants.
He earned a bachelor of law degree from Tulane University and retired from his judgeship in 1993 after 40 years of service.
Tickets for the induction banquet can be purchased from the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame for $100 each by calling 318-628-5928 by Friday.