Joseph DiRosa

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Joseph Vincent "Joe" DiRosa, Sr.​​

(New Orleans accountant, attorney, politician, and judge)​​​

Born 1915​​​
New Orleans, Louisiana​​​
Died January 6, 1997 (aged 82)​​
Political Party Democrat
Spouse Lucille Mittelstaedt DiRosa​

Four sons:
Joseph DiRosa, Jr. Michael Edward DiRosa
Donald Anthony DiRosa
Richard Edwardo DiRosa
Alma mater:
Warren Easton High School
​ Loyola University New Orleans​

Religion Roman Catholic​​​

Joseph Vincent DiRosa, Sr., known as Joe DiRosa (1915 – January 6, 1997), was an educator, attorney, jurist, and a Democratic politician from his native New Orleans, Louisiana.[1]


Born in the "Little Italy" section of the New Orleans French Quarter, he graduated from Warren Easton High School and received a degree in accounting and a Juris Doctorate from Roman Catholic-affiliated Loyola University. He and his wife, the former Lucille Mittelstaedt, had four sons, Joseph Vincent, Jr., Michael Edward, Donald Anthony, and Richard Edwardo.[2]

In June 1940, DiRosa began work as a certified public accountant. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. For several years, he was an assistant state attorney general assigned to the Louisiana Mineral Board. For twenty-three years, he taught accounting and law at Loyola University. He was elected judge for Division L, Orleans Civil District Court in 1979 and 1984. In 1986, the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed him to fill several temporary vacancies in New Orleans and suburban Jefferson Parish.[2]

In 1961, he was elected to the New Orleans City Council but was defeated for a second term in 1965. He returned to the city council in 1969 and was reelected in 1973. He was the council president for six of his twelve years of service. In 1977, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor in hopes of succeeding liberal Maurice "Moon" Landrieu, but DiRosa was defeated in the primary by 5,500 votes by another liberal, Ernest Nathan "Dutch" Morial (1929-1989), the city's first African-American mayor for whom the downtown convention center is named. In 1978, he failed in a bid for a seat on the Louisiana Public Service Commission. He attempted to return to the city council but failed.[2]

He was a prominent member of the New Orleans Levee Board, the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, and the Superdome (since Mercedes-Benz) Commission. He served as president of the New Orleans Athletic Club and was named "Man of the Year" by the New Orleans Young Men’s Business Club. [2]

In 1997, DiRosa died of cancer at the age of eighty-two in New Orleans.[3]


  1. Councilman Joseph V. DiRosa Papers, New Orleans. New Orleans Library. Retrieved on April 14, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 DiRosa, Joseph Vincent. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on April 14, 2020.
  3. Paulette Holahan. ed., Biography of Louisiana Judges (1985); The New Orleans Times-Picayune, January 8, 1997.