The Mauberret political family, which held the Second Municipal District assessor's office for more than a century, was the first to be inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame last month under a new category honoring "political families." The first Mauberret to serve as assessor in New Orleans took office in 1904, and the family held the office continually until 2011, when Erroll Williams became New Orleans' first citywide assessor in modern times.
Claude Mauberret Jr. was the last family member to hold the Second District assessor's job. He succeeded his father in 1994 and served until the office merged with the six other assessors' offices on Jan. 1, 2011. Mauberret accepted the honor on behalf of his family in a Jan. 28 ceremony at the Louisiana Political Museum's Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield, La., birthplace of legendary Louisiana governors Huey and Earl Long.
"The Louisiana Political Hall of Fame has honored more than 130 political figures over the past 19 years," says Jack McGuire, chair of the Hall of Fame's executive committee and the person who nominated the Mauberret family for the honor. "We have been pleased to single out individuals; we now also recognize families whose members have long records of unbroken public service in elective offices."
Mauberret ran against Williams for the citywide assessor's job in 2010 and finished second in the primary. He withdrew from the runoff, saying he did not want the election to be decided along racial lines. Later that year, Williams hired Mauberret and former First District Assessor Darren Mire as his top assistants, continuing the Mauberret family's unbroken presence, though not an elected position, in the assessor's office. The Mauberrets' elective hold on the Second District assessor's post was easily the longest-running political dynasty in Louisiana and one of the longest (if not the longest) in the country. — CLANCY DUBOS