Christmas Parade GRAND MARSHAL


Billy Nungesser
Louisiana Lt. Governor
2016 Grand Marshal
Alexanrdia Christmas Parade

Billy Nungesser

Billy Nungesser started his company, General Marine Leasing Company, in 1991 with a $7,500 loan and grew it into a $20 million dollar company. Nungesser was also a founding member of the Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry, and in 2002, Louisiana Life Magazine named him one of the state’s “Top CEOs”.

In 2005, Nungesser and his wife Cher rode out Hurricane Katrina at their ranch in southern Plaquemines Parish. In response to his own frustration over the slow response from government following Hurricane Katrina, Billy decided to run for Plaquemines Parish President in 2006. He focused on developing a master plan to restore Louisiana’s ravaged coastline and wetlands as a way to protect communities from storm surges. He was re-elected in 2010 with over 70% of the vote.

On April 20, 2010, Plaquemines Parish became Ground Zero for the nation’s biggest environmental disaster.  In the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf, Billy Nungesser became the voice of Louisiana’s frustration. National news organizations labeled him “the hardest working man in Louisiana.”

After the oil disaster, he wanted to make a difference for all of Louisiana and on November 21, 2015, Nungesser was elected Louisiana’s Lt. Governor. He is now second in command in the executive branch and Louisiana’s ambassador as Commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

 



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