John Volz

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John Volz, Sr.
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United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded byGerald J. Gallinghouse
Succeeded byHarry A. Rosenberg
Personal details
Born(1935-04-22)April 22, 1935
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
DiedFebruary 12, 2011(2011-02-12) (aged 75)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Political partyDemocratic-turned-Republican
SpouseDaisy Volz
ChildrenJohn Volz, Jr.
Residence(s)New Orleans, Louisiana
Alma materJesuit High School

Tulane University

Tulane University Law School

John P. Volz, Sr. (April 22, 1935 – February 12, 2011) was a prominent lawyer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana under President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and Presidents Ronald W. Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush, both Republicans.[1]

Volz was chosen as U.S. attorney in 1977 after the initial choice, George W. Reese, Jr., of New Orleans, a former Republican national committeeman, withdrew from consideration after the Federal Bureau of Investigation came forward with "allegations" of his drinking, gambling, and procurement of a loan from a financial institution with mob ties.[2]

Volz in time prosecuted reputed Mafia figure Carlos Marcello, Louisiana commissioner of administration Charles E. Roemer, II, Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick Sr., Louisiana State Senate President Michael H. O'Keefe, Sr., and Governor Edwin Washington Edwards.[3]

In 1995, Volz, running as a Republican, finished third in a crowded nonpartisan blanket primary for sheriff of suburban St. Tammany Parish outside New Orleans.[4] In 1996, failed in a bid to oust Walter Reed as district attorney in the 22nd Judicial District, which covers St. Tammany and Washington parishes.[5]

Volz died in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he had been an administrative law judge for several years until forced to retire on December 31, 2010, because of failing health. His widow, Daisy Volz, said that he would be interred in New Orleans.[6]


  1. ^ United Press International (2011-02-12). "New Orleans prosecutor John Volz dead". Investors.Com. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  2. ^ Mark Moseley (December 18, 2012). "With Letten gone, 'tis the season for intrigue and wild rumors". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Pope, John (2011-02-13). "John Volz: Prosecutor took on powerful foes". New Orleans Times-Picayune. No. Metro Edition. pp. A1, A23. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
  4. ^ Louisiana Secretary of State, Primary election returns, October 21, 1995
  5. ^ "Former U.S. Attorney John Volz dies". Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Sayre, Alan (2011-02-12). "Former US Attorney John Volz, prosecutor in high-profile Louisiana corruption cases, dies". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Retrieved 2011-02-13. Also published as Sayre, Alan (2011-02-12). "Prosecutor in high-profile Louisiana cases dies". Newsday. Retrieved 2011-02-13.