Elmer R. Tapper

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Elmer Robert "E. T." Tapper, Sr.
Louisiana State Representative from St. Bernard Parish
In office
1960–1964
Preceded by August J. Campagna
Succeeded by Sammy Nunez
Louisiana State Representative from St. Bernard Parish and also from 1969-1972 Plaquemines Parish
In office
1969–1976
Preceded by Sammy Nunez
Succeeded by Richard Alvin Tonry (new District 103)
Personal details
Born (1929-06-19)June 19, 1929
St. Bernard Parish
Louisiana, USA
Died September 17, 2011(2011-09-17) (aged 82)
Everett
Snohomish County
Washington
Resting place Tahoma Memorial Cemetery, Tahoma, WA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Audra Galjour Tapper
Children Marilyn, Tania, and Elmer Tapper, Jr.
Alma mater Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic
Military service
Service/branch United States Army

Elmer Robert Tapper, Sr., usually known as E. T. Tapper (June 19, 1929 - September 17, 2011), was an attorney and a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from his native St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.

Tapper was first elected to the House in 1960, with the incoming Jimmie Davis administration. He was unseated in 1964 by fellow Democrat Sammy Nunez. However, he returned to the House in a special election in 1969. In his second stint from 1969 to 1972, Tapper served from a combined St. Bernard and Plaquemines district. From 1972 to 1976, he again represented only St. Bernard Parish.[1] In 1973, Tapper he was a delegate to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention, which produced a new governing document for his state.[2]

The son of Elmer and Sarah Tapper, he was reared in Violet, a census-designated place in St. Bernard Parish and a suburb of New Orleans, where Tapper assisted his father in fishing local lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. He was christened in the Roman Catholic Church. In 1952, he received his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He wed his high school sweetheart, the former Audra Galjour, and then entered the United States Army. Upon discharge from military service, Tapper practiced law for thirty-five years and served a total of eleven years in the legislature, claiming to have represented the interests of "the little guy." From 1976 to 1984, Tapper was the attorney for the Louisiana Pardon Board.[2]

In his later years, Tapper and his wife relocated to Everett, Washington, where he died at the age of eighty-two.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved January 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Everett Herald, Everett, Washington, October 16, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
August J. Campagne
Louisiana State Representative from St. Bernard Parish

Elmer Robert "E. T." Tapper, Sr.
1960–1964

Succeeded by
Sammy Nunez
Preceded by
Sammy Nunez
Louisiana State Representative from St. Bernard Parish and also from 1969 to 1972 Plaquemines Parish

Elmer Robert "E.T." Tapper, Sr.
1969–1976

Succeeded by
Richard Alvin Tonry (District 103)