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The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood (Louisiana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Get it done.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1946
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood (Louisiana)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Get it done.

Birthplace

Born:
10/5/1946
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Former Civil Sheriff of Orleans Parish Paul Raymond Valteau, Jr., was born on October 5, 1946, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Paul Valteau Sr. (1918-2003), was a mailman, and his mother, Udine Davis Valteau (1921-1996), was a schoolteacher. His father’s parents died when Valteau Sr. was very young, but his mother’s parents, Nelly Norman Davis, a housekeeper, and William H. Davis, a bricklayer, lived until 1974 and 1962, respectively. Valteau had two younger siblings, Eileen and Edward, and from 1960 to 1965 he attended St. Augustine High School, an all-boys parochial high school in New Orleans.

In 1969, Valteau obtained his B.A. degree from Dillard University in Sociology, and in 1972, he received his J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. From 1974 to 1976, Valteau served as a lawyer for the Louisiana legislature, then went on to work as a private practice lawyer with the firm Gerty, Ferry, & Valteau. In 1979, Valteau’s elder daughter, Michelle, was born, and in 1982, she was followed by her younger sister, Collette. That same year, Valteau was elected to Civil Sheriff of Orleans Parish, a position he would keep for twenty-eight years. In 2007, he married Paula T. Saizan in Houston, Texas.

From 2006 to 2009, Valteau served as Chairman of the R L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Committee. At a New Orleans City Council regular meeting on February 19, 2009, the council honored Valteau for his efforts on the Executive Committee of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF), commending him for his leadership and its role in the event’s growth. In 2010, Sheriff Marlin Gusman was elected as the first single sheriff of Orleans Parish since 1880; until then, Orleans Parish had separate civil and criminal sheriffs. Valteau, the civil sheriff, did not run against Gusman and instead retired from politics. He now heads the private law firm Valteau, Harris, Koenig, & Mayer.

Paul R. Valteau, Jr., was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 11, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr.'s interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about his mother's name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his father's U.S. military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his father's community involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers his neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his earliest memory of prejudice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his early civil rights activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers being arrested during a civil rights demonstration
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his early aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls the assassinations during the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his experiences at Dillard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision to pursue a law career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his transition to the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls being drafted into the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls recruiting African Americans to the Loyola University College of Law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls working for the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls one of his early discrimination cases
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his early law career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls serving as Ernest Morial's campaign manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls Ernest Morial's election as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his election as the sheriff of Orleans Parish
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers modernizing the sheriffs' office in Orleans Parish
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls forming a reserve deputy association
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision to leave the sheriff's office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about the hurricanes prior to Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls the first response to Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about the deaths following Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. reflects upon Hurricane Katrina, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. reflects upon Hurricane Katrina, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls founding The Grove, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his second wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about the BP oil rig explosion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr.'s interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. explains how he came to join the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the Coordinating Council of Greater New Orleans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the role of national sports organizations in integration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers the growth of black political power in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision to pursue law
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes himself as a student at Dillard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision to attend the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Ho norable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers recruiting African American law students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls the success of his minority recruitment program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes how he recruited African American law students
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his pre-law program at the University of Cincinnati
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the State of Louisiana's legal system
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his interests during law school
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls representing the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls working for the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers his classmates at Dillard University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers working for the Louisiana State Legislature, pt. t
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers his mentor, Revius Oliver Ortique, Jr.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers working for the Louisiana State Legislature, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the African Americans in the Louisiana Legislature
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the history of Gertes, Theirry and Valteau
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about the prominent African American lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls New Orleans' African American leadership
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls A.L. Davis' appointment to the New Orleans City Council
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the black political objectives in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls becoming a partner in the law firm of Gerdes and Valteau
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his friendship with Ernest Morial
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes what he learned from his first campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls Ernest Morial's election as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls Ernest Morial's election as mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls Dutch Morial's mayoral tenure
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers major cities' first African American mayors
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision to run for sheriff of Orleans Parish
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his campaign strategy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. lists Dutch Morial's political allies
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls reforming the Orleans Parish sheriff's office
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the effects of Reaganomics on cities
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls buying The Grove, Inc.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the transformation of the air travel industry
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his return to the airport industry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his mentorship of airport concessions entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the barriers to minority entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his introduction to the airport concessions industry
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about his daughters
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his challenges in the airport concessions business
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his role in the Louisiana Sheriff's Association
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his reform of real estate auctions
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his public school programs
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his role in Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls supporting Marc H. Morial's early political campaigns
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision not to run for mayor
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls meeting Richard Pennington
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the racial tensions about New Orleans' mayoralty
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls the perceptions of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers Ernest Morial's mayoral administration
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls Sidney Barthelemy's mayoral administration
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. remembers Marc H. Morial's mayoral administration
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls being wrongfully investigated for extortion
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls being offered a bribe by an undercover FBI agent
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about his historic election as the sheriff of Orleans Parish, Louisiana
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. recalls his decision to leave the sheriff's office
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes his return to private law practice
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about his personal response to Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. talks about the resegregation of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 12 Story: 8 - The Honorable Paul R. Valteau, Jr. describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 2