Joseph Marino

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Joseph Anthony Marino, III

Louisiana State Representative for District 85 (Jefferson Parish)
Assumed office 
Preceded by Bryan Adams

Born November 12, 1966
Political party Independent
Alma mater Holy Cross High School (New Orleans)

Louisiana State University
University of South Carolina School of Law

Religion Roman Catholic

Joseph Anthony Marino, III (born November 12, 1966),[1] is the District 85 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, one of two Independents in the lower legislative chamber.[2]

A former member of the Gretna City Council in Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans, Marino ran without opposition in 2016 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Representative Bryan Adams,[3] who instead joined the office of the state fire marshal.[4] When no one opposed Marino's candidacy, the special election was canceled, and he automatically succeeded Adams.[3]

Marino graduated from Roman Catholic Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, Louisiana State University in the capital city of Baton Rouge with a degree in journalism, and then the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina. A former president of the Jefferson Bar Association, Marino is a member of the Westbank Rotary International and a board member of the Westbank Boys and Girls Club.[4]

Marino joins Democrats in choosing House Speaker

On January 13, 2020, Marino was one of two Independents -- the other is Roy Daryl Adams of Jackson in East Feliciana Parish -- who collaborated with twenty-three Moderate Republican lawmakers, known as the Fraud Squad, who voted for Republican Clay Schexnayder of Ascension Parish for House Speaker. Schexnayder was cobbled together by the votes of thirty-five Democratic lawmakers along with Marino and Adams, and thirty-five Democrat legislators. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards made legislative contacts on Schexnayder's behalf. Schexnayder hence won the position, sixty to forty-five, the number of the more conservative Republicans in the House who stood with the party caucus choice, Sherman Mack of Albany in Livingston Parish.[5]


  1. Joseph Marino. Retrieved on September 12, 2017.
  2. Joseph A. Marino, III. Louisiana House. Retrieved on May 5, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Joseph Marino (Louisiana). Retrieved on December 22, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Gretna Councilman Joe Marino to run for Louisiana House seat. New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 9, 2016). Retrieved on May 5, 2017.
  5. The Moon Griffon Show, January 23, 2020.