Leonard J. Chabert

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Leonard Joseph Chabert, I
Louisiana State Senator from District 20 (Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes)
In office
March 1980 – 1991
Preceded by Claude B. Duval
Anthony Guarisco, Jr.
Succeeded by Marty James Chabert
Louisiana State Representative from District 53, including Terrebonne Parish
In office
1972 – March 1980
Preceded by Gerald F. Lofaso
Succeeded by Murray J. Hebert
Personal details

(1932-11-18)November 18, 1932
Terrebonne Parish

Louisiana, USA
Died September 26, 1991(1991-09-26) (aged 58)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Viona Lapeyrouse Chabert

Marty James Chabert
Leonard Charles Chabert
Norby Chabert

Grandson, Leonard J. Chabert, II
Residence Houma, Louisiana
Occupation Businessman

Leonard Joseph Chabert, I (November 18, 1932 – September 26, 1991),[1] of Houma, Louisiana, was a member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature. He was born in rural Chauvin in Terrebonne Parish in South Louisiana.[2]

Political career[edit]

Chabert served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, along with Dick Guidry, Morris Lottinger, Jr., and Elward Thomas Brady, Jr., who represented other districts which included a portion of Terrebonne Parish.[3] and in the Louisiana State Senate from District 20 from 1980 until 1992.[4]

In 1983, Chabert won his second term in the Senate in a general election race against fellow Democrat, Glenn F. Voisin, 19,530 votes (55.2 percent) to 15,862 (44.8 percent).[5] In 1987, Chabert was again forced into a second race with Glynn Voisin, the third-place candidate, Elward Brady, had switched to the Republican Party and finished with 19.6 percent of the vote in the nonpartisan blanket primary.[6] In the general election, he defeated Voisin once again but narrowly, 17,419 (51.5 percent) to 16,405 (48.5 percent).[7]

Chabert died near the end of his third Senate term and was succeeded for one term by son, Marty James Chabert, an easy winner over the Republican Paul E. Brown.[8] A younger son, Norby Chabert of Houma, was elected to the same seat in a special election held in August 2009, upon the resignation of Reggie Paul Dupre, Jr., who had succeeded Marty Chabert in 1996.[9] Like his father and brother, Norby Chabert held Democratic Party allegiance; in 2011, however, Norby Chabert switched to the Republican Party, which had already become the majority in the chamber.[10]

Chabert Medical Center[edit]

Leonard Chabert was employed at some point after 1988 and prior to his death at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. The Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma, a regional acute-care facility, is named in his honor. The center began in 1978 as a teaching hospital providing clinical training to medical students and physicians; in 2009, LJCMC completed a study of patients suffering from heart failure. Some 42 percent of the patients there are Medicaid recipients.[11] LJCMC is a surgical facility too; it has 156 beds.[12]

In his Senate campaign, Norby Chabert recalled his father's dedication to bringing Chabert Medical Center to Acadiana:

Not only did my father bring the Impossible Dream of a charity hospital to the bayou region, but he fought every session, not only to have it funded, but he fought to keep its very doors open, he knew what it was like to grow up poor and have no health care. ... It was his life's mission to take care of the sick and the uninsured of the bayou region. Upon his death, his legacy of fighting for the medical center was rewarded by having "his hospital" renamed in his honor. ... Chabert Medical faces the same deep cuts that used to keep my father awake at night wondering how he would overcome the funding shortfalls that threatened its closure. ...[13]

Louisiana Political Hall of Fame[edit]

On February 2, 2013, the Chaberts, Leonard J., Marty J., and Norbert N., were inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, along with several other individuals, including the late State Senator Charles C. Barham of Ruston, a former Leonard Chabert colleague, and George Dement, the former mayor of Bossier City in northwestern Louisiana.[14]


  1. ^ "Leonard J. Chabert, I". search.ancestry.com. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Leonard J. Chabert". intelius.com. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012" (PDF). legis.la.gov. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 4, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Membership in the Louisiana State Senate, 1880-2012" (PDF). legis.state.la.us. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 19, 1983". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 24, 1987". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 21, 1987". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Louisiana general election returns, November 16, 1991". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Louisiana special election returns, August 29, 2009". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tegan Wendland, "Sen. Norby Chabert Latest to Switch Parties", March 21, 2011". archives.wrkf.org. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center: Getting Specific: Improving HF Discharge Instruction Compliance". naph.org. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center". health.usnews.com. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Funding of Chabert Medical Center". norbychabert.com. Retrieved July 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ "2013 Louisiana Political Hall of Fame inductees announced, November 20, 2012". Winn Parish Enterprise. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2013. 
Preceded by
Gerald F. Lofaso
Louisiana State Representative from Terrebonne Parish

Leonard Joseph Chabert, I

Succeeded by
Murray J. Hebert
Louisiana Senate
Preceded by
Claude B. Duval

Anthony Guarisco, Jr.

Louisiana State Senator from District 20 (Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes)

Leonard Joseph Chabert, I

Succeeded by
Marty J. Chabert