About Arthur A. Morrell

Arthur A. Morrell was born in New Orleans on March 22, 1943. He grew up in the French Quarters and the 7th ward area of the city. He had seven siblings, two sisters, and six brothers. At 10 years old he had his first job delivering sandwiches on his bike for Thompson’s Sweet Shop to local homes at night.

During his junior and high school years, he delivered newspapers for the State-Item and Times-Picayune. Arthur was the editor in chief for the first yearbook at G.W. Carver and was also a member of the baseball and tennis teams. He graduated from G.W. Carver senior high school in 1961.

Arthur would tell stories about his military career, and in one story he explains that the first time he boarded an airplane was also the first time he parachuted out of a perfectly good airplane. Arthur volunteered for the United States Army in 1963 and was a member of the 3rd than 10th Special Forces group. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

Under the G.I bill, Arthur, attended Southern University at New Orleans in 1966 and graduated in 1970 where he received a B.A degree and became a lifelong member of the SUNO Alumni association. While at SUNO and after graduating, he worked for Eastern Airlines until he was accepted into Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1975. He graduated from Southern Law School in 1978 with a J.D. degree. He started practicing law in 1982 after selling his construction company. He and his son Jean-Paul now have a law firm named Morrell & Morrell, LLC.

In 1984 Arthur was elected to the Louisiana State House of Representative District 97, where he was re-elected six times with 80% of the votes every election.

While he was in the legislature he was a no-nonsense lawmaker. Arthur served as chairman and co-chairman of several house committees. He was the chairman of the Louisiana Legislature Black Caucus for four years and has always been a fighter for education, labor, the poor, children and civil rights. Arthur ran and won the election for Clerk of Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans in 2006. He retired from the legislature after 23 years and was sworn in as Clerk on June 16, 2006. He has been re-elected four times and was unopposed in his latest election in 2017.

Arthur married Cynthia Hedge Morrell in 1967 and they have four sons, Todd Francis, Matthew Anthony, Jean-Paul Jude, Nicholas Christopher and they have six granddaughters, four grandsons, and two great-granddaughters, and one great-grandson.