Just like professional baseball and football, and rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a hall of fame for Louisiana’s politicians. It’s located in Winnfield, which gave the state three different governors, most notably the Brothers Long, and the new crop of inductees have been announced.
Going into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame posthumously this year will be former Gov. Sam H. Jones, the father of the public records act and a champion of ethics reform during a time when Earl Long was reaching for control. Former Attorney General Richard Ieyoub is going in as well.
From the other side of the rail is lobbyist Randy Haynie, who, along with his son Ryan and other associations, splits his time between Lafayette and Baton Rouge.
An inductee from the newspaper industry is publishing giant B.I. Moody III, along with retired maritime executive Boysie Bollinger, former Jefferson Parish District Attorney John Mamoulides and retired Lafayette City Court Judge Kaliste Saloom Jr.
The Chehardy family of Jefferson Parish is also being inducted as part of the “Political Family of Officeholders Award.” That’s the same award that got Gov. John Bel Edwards into the hall in 2014, along with several family members who have served as sheriff and in other positions.