About Arthur A. Morrell

Arthur Anthony Morrell was born March 22, 1943, he is a lawyer and African-American Democratic politician from New Orleans, Louisiana. From 1984 to 2006, he represented District 97 in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Since 2006, he has been the elected criminal clerk of court for Orleans Parish.

Morrell received his education at the University of New Orleans and the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Morrell and his wife, Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, a member from 2005 to 2014 of the New Orleans City Council, have four sons. Jean-Paul Morrell in 2006 succeeded his father as state representative and in 2009 entered the Louisiana State Senate, where he still represents District 3 in the upper chamber. He also has 11 grandchildren.

In the nonpartisan blanket primary in October 1983, Morrell ran for the District 97 House seat. Morrell was unopposed for his second House term in 1987 and won handily for his third term in 1991. 

In 2004, Morrell rained for the United States Senate. In 2006, Representative Morrell was elected Criminal Clerk of Court. He then resigned his House seat, and his son, Jean-Paul, won the special election to succeed his father. In 2010, Morrell won in a landslide for his second term as criminal court clerk. In 2014, Morrell scored his third term as criminal clerk. While Morrell was re-elected as criminal clerk in 2014.