Selection committee



John Young Jr.


  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctor May 1982
  • Loyola University
    Bachelor of Public Administration May 1979


  • Jefferson Parish President
    October 13, 2010 – Present
  • Jefferson Parish Council
    January 7, 2004 – October 13, 2010
    Elected as councilman-at-large, Division A
    council chairman 2004-2005; 2006-2007
    Goals include economic development, improving education, fiscal responsibility and uniting Jefferson Parish
  • District Attorney, Parish of Jefferson
    February 1997 – January 2004
    assistant district attorney, chief of administration and chief of parish courts responsible for supervision of all personnel and financial aspects of the organization as well as prosecution of DWI, misdemeanor and traffic offenses parish-wide


  • Gambit Weekly‘s “Best Jefferson Parish Council Member Award.”
  • Alliance for Good Government “Legislator of the Year Award,”
  • Crimefighters “Outstanding Prosecutor Award,” 2003
  • Victims and Citizens Against Crime “Outstanding Prosecutor Award,” 1998 and2001

Civic Involvement:

  • Chairman, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission,
    January 2012-present
  • President, Jefferson Bar Association,
    January 2012-present
  • Executive Board Member, Police Jury Association of LA – Region II,
  • Chairman, Governor’s Vehicular Homicide – DWI Task Force
  • Vice-chairman of Public Policy Committee, New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1999-2001
  • Board of Directors, New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1998-2000
  • Chairman, E.J. Council of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1998-1999
  • Member, NOAPAC, 1996-2000
  • Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee of E.J. Council Executive
    Committee, 1996-1997
  • Fellow, Jefferson Chamber Leadership Institute, 1995
  • Fellow, Loyola University Institute of Politics, 1991
  • Board of directors, St. Thomas Moore Catholic Lawyers Association
  • Southeast Louisiana DWI Task Force
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Chapter

Professional Associations:

  • Leadership Jefferson, Class of 2002
  • Louisiana State, Federal and National Law Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member, board of directors, St. Thomas Moore Catholic Lawyers Association, 2002-2004
  • SELA DWI Task Force
  • Louisiana District Attorney Association
  • French-American Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Chapter


  • Co-Author Admiralty, Fifth Circuit Symposium, 34 Loyola Law Review 699, 1989
  • Author, The Seaman-Handling the Everyday Problems Before Litigation,
    1988 River Industry Seminar


  • Graduated from De La Salle High School, New Orleans
  • Father of five sons
  • Life-long resident of Jefferson Parish