Edward Ripoll

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Edward Ripoll
Member of the
Louisiana House of Representatives
for District 103
In office
1984–1988
Preceded byEdward S. Bopp
Succeeded byKenneth L. Odinet Sr.
Personal details
Born
Edward Conrad Ripoll Jr.

(1924-07-14)July 14, 1924
DiedSeptember 17, 2006(2006-09-17) (aged 82)
Slidell, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Adeline "Dookie" Delorette Ripoll
Children1
OccupationBusinessman, politician
Military service
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1944–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II

Edward Conrad Ripoll Jr., known as Bud Rip (July 14, 1924 – September 17, 2006),[1] was an American businessman and politician, known as the owner of the popular Bud Rip's Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana,[2] who also served as a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 103 from 1984 to 1988.

Early life[edit]

Ripoll was one of five children of the late Edward Ripoll Sr., and the former Mary Forster.[3] He graduated from Francis T. Nicholls High School in New Orleans. He joined the United States Marine Corp with service in World War II from 1944 to 1945. He was affiliated with the American Legion and was an honorary member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[4]

Career[edit]

Ripoll worked as a longshoreman and steelworker and was employed until 1960[2] at Huerstel's Bar and Restaurant at the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and Independence Street, since a convenience store.[5] Ripoll then opened his own bar at 900 Piety Street at the intersection with Burgundy Street.[2]

In 1983, Ripoll challenged incumbent Democratic representative Edward S. Bopp, a lawyer and former pharmacist, who led a four-candidate field with 5,631 votes (37.3 percent). Ripoll claimed the second position in the general election with 3,426 votes (22.7 percent). Trailing in third place by 61 votes was another Democrat, later Republican, businessman Kenneth L. Odinet Sr., of Arabi in St. Bernard Parish. Finishing fourth was former U.S. Representative for Louisiana's 1st congressional district, Richard Alvin Tonry, with 2,693 votes (17.8 percent). Tonry had been forced from office in a scandal in 1977. In the second round of balloting, Ripoll unseated Bopp, 5,266 votes (53.1 percent) to 4,649 (46.9 percent).[6]

In the House, Ripoll served on the Judiciary and the Municipal, Parochial, and Cultural Affairs committees. He was unseated after one term by Democrat Kenneth Odinet, who had also run in 1983. Odinet received 6,160 votes (59.1 percent) to Ripoll's 4,269 (40.9 percent).[7]

Of Irish extraction, Ripoll was a member of the Downtown Irish Club, which stages St. Patrick's Day parades. He organized a golf tournament to help with repairs to St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in New Orleans and to assist surviving families of police officers killed in the line of duty. He collected funds from New Orleans bars to pay for Christmas baskets for needy children in the economically-depressed Ninth Ward. Ripoll sold the bar in 1994 and moved with his family to Arabi.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He died in Slidell in suburban St. Tammany Parish at the age of 82.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edward C. Ripoll, Jr". search.ancestry.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Condolesences upon the death of former state representative Edward "Bud Rip" Ripoll, Jr., of New Orleans" (PDF). lanewsbureau.com. 2006. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Rodney Joseph Ripoll". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Louisiana: Ripoll, Edward Conrad (Bud)", Who's Who in American Politics, 2003-2004, 19th ed., Vol. 1 (Alabama-Montana) (Marquis Who's Who: New Providence, New Jersey, 2003), p. 793
  5. ^ "Huerstel's". pontchartrain.net. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 19, 1983. Retrieved June 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 21, 1987. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward S. Bopp
Louisiana State Representative for District 103
(Orleans and St. Bernard and parishes)

1984–1988
Succeeded by
Kenneth L. Odinet Sr.