ABOUT LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER
Called the “hardest working man in America” by one national media outlet, for his work to protect the citizens he represented, Billy Nungesser has worked tirelessly to defend his community and fight to rescue and restore the Gulf Coast in the wake of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill. Another national news organization described him as a true son of Louisiana having grown up in the state’s holy trinity of seafood, oil and politics.
Billy Nungesser has worked tirelessly to defend his community and help to restore the Gulf Coast in the wake of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill.
When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded off the coast, Billy Nungesser did not wait for the federal government to act, he went to work and fought tirelessly to cut through the bureaucratic red tape and took action to protect our communities and environment. He continues to stand up to ensure that victims are compensated and restoration is made. Today, over $2 billion in levees are being built to protect the citizens of Plaquemines because of his efforts.
In 2006, Billy Nungesser was elected President of Plaquemines Parish at a time when the parish was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. On day one, Billy went to work by challenging and working with FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers to increase public projects that increased investment in infrastructure.
Billy also focused his efforts on coastal restoration to protect our wetlands and protect communities from storm surges by developing a master plan and bringing federal, state and private resources together to increase funding. His efforts earned him re-election in 2010 with over 70% of the vote.
He was appointed to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Planning Commission and received the Disaster Recovery Contractors Association’s Golden Horizon Award.
Prior to serving in elected office, Billy Nungesser was a successful small businessman whose innovative idea of converting used shipping containers into modular living quarters improved the living conditions of our state’s offshore oil drilling workers. He converted a $7,500 loan from his mother into General Marine Leasing Company, a company that grew to employ more than 200 local workers and reached $20 million dollars in sales, becoming the largest provider of portable buildings in the Gulf of Mexico. His idea housed more than 800 workers, but to Billy, solving the offshore housing problem was more gratifying than the wealth he gained along the way.
In 2002, Louisiana Life Magazine named him one of our state’s “Top CEOs.” While in business, Billy helped form the Plaquemines Association of Business and Industry. As President of Plaquemines Parish, Billy has used his business sense and discipline to hold the line on taxes and control spending. This has resulted in annual savings to the taxpayers and millions of dollars of surpluses each year in Plaquemines Parish.
Billy has always helped people in need. After he and his wife Cher rode out Hurricane Katrina at their home, he immediately began rescuing people and animals in South Plaquemines, utilizing his personal equipment and resources. As the recovery continued, he partnered with the United Way to distribute washers and dryers to needy residents who had lost everything in the storm.
Billy Nungesser is an active sportsman who values our state’s natural resources.
Next to his ranch where he raises elk and cattle, he created the Pointe Celeste Therapeutic Riding Center to enable physically and mentally challenged people to share in the therapeutic benefits of enjoying nature through horseback rides at no cost to them or their families. He has also volunteered his time with countless organizations to help people in need, including serving on the board of the United Way of New Orleans and as a past chair of the Plaquemines Campaign.