Jared C. Brossett was elected to the New Orleans City Council in February 2014. A proud graduate of McDonogh 35 Senior High School, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Harvard's Kennedy School Senior Executives Program, Councilmember Brossett is committed to living a service-driven life. His 15-year career in public service didn't begin as an elected official. Before he ran for public office, Brossett spent more than 7 years working for the people of New Orleans as a staff member for the City Council. Having worked his way up from intern to Legislative Aide to Chief of Staff, he knows the importance of commitment and the value of hard work. Facing the daunting challenges of post-Katrina life in New Orleans, he worked tirelessly with his City Council colleagues and the Mayor's administration to address the City's pressing issues, including sprawling blight, violent crime, crumbling infrastructure, and failing public schools.
Since his election to the New Orleans City Council, Brossett has amassed many significant accomplishments. He's prioritized legislation that makes critical investments in economic equality and development, affordable housing, blight eradication, transportation, infrastructure, equal pay, and criminal justice. These investments are bringing more equitable access to opportunity and building a stronger New Orleans. Brossett successfully passed legislation creating the first living wage law in the history of New Orleans; implementing the Equal Access to Employment Act; increasing transportation options for passengers by legalizing ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft; increasing the maximum age of taxicabs; strengthening the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program reporting requirements; commissioning an affordable housing study; creating the Equal Pay Advisory Committee; requiring City departments to monitor and evaluate contracts in an effort to eliminate waste and increase accountability; calling for a Charter amendment to separate the Office of Inspector General and Independent Police Monitor; requiring the Ethics Review Board to file financial disclosure statements; authorizing new FEMA flood maps; and establishing the Mirabeau Water Retention Garden which played a critical part in the City receiving a $141 million Housing and Urban Development grant to form the Gentilly Resilience District. Councilmember Brossett also increased funding to the 911 Call Center and helped implement a 15% pay raise for all NOPD officers and supported another 10% pay raise to improve retention and recruitment.
Under Brossett's leadership as Transportation and Airport Committee Chair, the Louis Armstrong International Airport has experienced unprecedented success and growth, witnessing the groundbreaking of the new North Terminal and a record-breaking 11 million total passengers in 2016. Furthermore, he is a member of the Louisiana Super Region Rail Authority and Governor John Bel Edward's Task Force on Transportation and Infrastructure Investment. Brossett was also a member of the 2017 Council for a Better Louisiana's (CABL) Leadership Louisiana program.
Prior to joining the City Council, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in May 2009 to represent District 97. As a Legislator, Brossett served as a member of the Appropriations Committee and as Chair of the Select Committee on Hurricane Recovery, where he worked to uncover the corruption and mismanagement of state-run Katrina Recovery programs. Brossett co-authored the "Equal Pay for Women Act," increased the severity of penalties for home invaders with deadly weapons, and improved our state's mental health programs. In 2010, he defended New Orleans from plans to dilute our city's representation in the redistricting process. His legislative efforts also made it possible for property owners in Orleans Parish to permanently register for a homestead exemption and expanded the educational capacity of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), making NOCCA a full time high school.
As a civic and community leader, Brossett's love for his hometown of New Orleans drives his dedication to finding solutions to the City's most difficult problems. He cares deeply about our future and has committed himself to work as hard as necessary to make our city a better place to live and work. His experience, work ethic, and spirit of public service are a force for real progress on the New Orleans City Council.
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