History - 1980s
In 1980, Charles D. Jones of Monroe and Jon Johnson of New Orleans were elected to the House. In addition, William J. Jefferson of New Orleans won a bid for the Senate. Furthermore, in 1982 Lee Frazier of New Orleans was elected to the House of Representatives.
In 1984, Lee Frazier did not seek reelection and Louis Charbonnet and Nick Connors lost their bids for reelection. Willie J. Singleton of Shreveport; Wilford D. Carter of Lake Charles; Melvin Irvin, Jr. of Gonzales; Charles R. Jones and Arthur A. Morrell of New Orleans; and Jewel J. Newman and Louis Jetson of Baton Rouge were elected to the House of Representatives. Louis Jetson later died shortly after taking office and his son, Raymond A. Jetson, was elected to complete his late father's term.
Also in 1984, Richard Turnley was elected to the Louisiana Senate and William J. Jefferson was reelected. Dennis R. Bagneris of New Orleans and Gregory W. Tarver of Shreveport were elected to the Senate. Joseph A. Delpit was elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives. William Jefferson then became LLBC's third chairman.
In 1986, Representative Johnny Jackson, Jr. was elected to the New Orleans City Council and Naomi (Warren) Farve was elected to complete his unexpired term. Representative Jon D. Johnson was elected to the Senate and Sherman N. Copelin, Jr. was elected to complete his unexpired term in the House of Representatives.
In 1988, Richard Turnley and Jewel J. Newman were not reelected. Instead, Cleo Fields of Baton Rouge was elected to the Senate and both Melvin "Kip" Holden of Baton Rouge and Irma Muse-Dixon of New Orleans were elected to the House of Representatives.
In 1989, Dennis Bagneris of New Orleans became the fourth chairman of the LLBC. Charles D. Jones of Monroe was elected the LLBC's fifth chairman in 1990.