Joseph F. Toomy

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Joseph Francis Toomy
Louisiana State Representative from District 85 (Jefferson Parish)
In office
Succeeded by Ricky James Templet[1]
Jefferson Parish School Board member
In office
Personal details
Born (1948-05-04) May 4, 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jo Ann Fisk Toomy
Parents Francis X. and Dorothy N. Toomy
Residence Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA
Alma mater

Archbishop Shaw High School

Tulane University
Occupation Insurance broker
Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Francis Toomy, known as Joe Toomy (born May 4, 1948), is a self-employed insurance broker from Gretna, the seat of Jeffersons Parish, Louisiana, who served as the District 85 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1984 until term-limited in 2008.[2][3][4] Toomy was a Democrat from 1984–1990, when he switched to Republican registration. Thereafter, he was elected in the nonpartisan blanket primaries of 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003 on the GOP label. Prior to his legislative career, Toomy was a Democratic member of the Jefferson Parish School Board from 1974 to 1983 and the Louisiana Constitutional Convention, a year-long nonpartisan position, in 1973. There he served with future Governor Buddy Roemer and later Louisiana Secretary of State and Insurance Commissioner James H. "Jim" Brown. In March 2009, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Toomy to the board of the New Orleans Port Authority.[5]

A Roman Catholic, Toomy was born to Francis X. Toomy (1914–1989), formerly of New Jersey,[6] and Dorothy N. Toomy (born ca. 1920) of Gretna. He graduated in 1966 from Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero in Jefferson Parish. Thereafter, he received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. He was a Tulane administrator from 1976 to 1981 and was also a private tax consultant. He was named "Outstanding Young Man of the Year" in 1977 by the Jaycees. Toomy is married to the former Jo Ann Fisk (born September 7, 1943).[7]

Representative Toomy was named "Legislator of the Year" in 1991 and 1995 by the interest group, the Alliance for Good Government. In 1987, he was honored as "Boss of the Year" by the Westbank Business and Professional Women. Active in the community, he is a former vice president of the Gretna Senior Citizen Management Board. He is affiliated with the David Crockett Volunteer Fire Company and is a past president of the Friends of the Louisiana State Fire Museum. He is a member of the Gretna Historical Society and the Archbishop Shaw High School trustees.[7] Toomy sits on the board of New Orleans Catholic Charities.[8]

In 1987, Toomy won his second legislative term, 5,539 votes (52.3 percent) to 5,057 (47.7 percent) for fellow Democrat Olden Toups.[9] In 1991, Toomy in his first run as a Republican defeated fellow Republican challenger, Lynn R. Cheramie, 6,966 (62.2 percent) to 4,232 (37.8 percent).[10] In 1995, Toomy defeated fellow Republican Don James, 7,591 (73.3 percent) to 2,763 (26.7 percent).[11] In 1999 and 2003, Toomy was unopposed for reelection.[12]

In 2008, Toomy was a maximum contributor to the Republican presidential nominee U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona.[13] He also donated in 2008 to the 2010 reelection campaign of Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter.[14]


  1. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 20, 2007". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Term Limits and Representation in the Louisiana Legislature". Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  3. ^ A 12-year limit on legislative service in one chamber took effect in 2008; Toomy had served twenty-four years when he became ineligible to seek a seventh term.
  4. ^ "Lawmakers Propose 90 Amendment" (PDF). New Orleans Times-Picayune, March 18, 2006. Retrieved November 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ "New Orleans Port Authority". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "House District 85", Louisiana Encyclopedia (1999)
  8. ^ "Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 24, 1987". Retrieved October 24, 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 19, 1991". Retrieved October 24, 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 21, 1995". Retrieved October 24, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ ""Our Campaigns" Toomy, Joseph F."". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  13. ^ " The Good Government Site with Teeth". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Joseph F Toomy from zip code 70054". Retrieved October 24, 2009. 
Preceded by
Louisiana State Representative from District 85 (Jefferson Parish)

Joseph Francis Toomy

Succeeded by
Ricky James Templet