Jimmy Fitzmorris

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Jimmy Fitzmorris
46th Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana
In office
May 9, 1972 – March 10, 1980
GovernorEdwin W. Edwards
Preceded byClarence C. "Taddy" Aycock
Succeeded byBobby Freeman
President of the Louisiana State Senate (ex officio)
In office
1972–1976
Preceded byClarence C. "Taddy" Aycock
Succeeded byMichael H. O'Keefe
New Orleans City Councilman
In office
1954–1966
Personal details
Born(1921-11-15)November 15, 1921
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJune 30, 2021(2021-06-30) (aged 99)
Slidell, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gloria Lopez Fitzmorris (married 1945-1995, her death)
ChildrenLisa Marie Clement
OccupationRailroad executive

James Edward "Jimmy" Fitzmorris, Jr. (November 15, 1921 – June 30, 2021) was an American businessman and civic leader. He was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1972 to 1980.[1] He was the first full-time lieutenant governor in state history. He was the last lieutenant governor whose duties included presiding over the Louisiana State Senate.

In 1979, he ran third in the nonpartisan blanket primary for governor.[2] In 1983, he was unsuccessful is his effort to regain the lieutenant governor's office.[3]

Fitzmorris died on June 30, 2021 in Slidell, Louisiana less than five months before his 100th birthday.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Lieutenant Governor Will Be Guest Speaker at Lions Club", Minden Press-Herald, Minden, Louisiana, January 9, 1974, p. 1
  2. ""Gallinghouse's goal: Fill Void, Clean Up State", April 28, 1972" (PDF). New Orleans States-Item. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  3. "Louisiana general election returns, November 19, 1983". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  4. Former Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jimmy Fitzmorris dies at 99