Philip Ciaccio

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Philip Charles Ciaccio

Louisiana State Representative
for District 9 (Orleans Parish)
In office
Preceded by Daniel L. Kelly
Succeeded by Ernest J. Hessler, Jr.

New Orleans City Councilman
for District E
In office
Preceded by Daniel L. Kelly
Succeeded by Howard Beck

Judge of the Louisiana
Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit
In office

Born August 23, 1927
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died November 12, 2015 (aged 88)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Resting place All Saints' Mausoleum in New Orleans
Nationality American
Political party Democrat / later Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Jane Bologna Ciaccio (married 1952-2015, his death)
Children Ten children, nine surviving
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana
Alma mater Brother Martin High School

Tulane University
Tulane School of Law

Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Military Service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Rank Officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/wars Korean War (stationed in Morocco)

Philip Charles Ciaccio (August 23, 1927 – November 12, 2015)[1] was an attorney and Democratic politician from his native New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the District 9 state representtative from 1962 to 1966,[2] when he began a sixteen-year stint as the District E member of th New Orleans City Council.[3] From 1982 to 1998, he was a judge of the New Orleans-based Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit.


Ciaccio graduated in New Orleans at the age of fifteen from the Roman Catholic Brother Martin High School, then St. Aloysius High School. He received his undergraduate degree in 1947 from Tulane University. In 1950, he obtained his law degree from the Tulane School of Law. After law school, he served in the United States Air Force as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. His tour of duty included Morocco. After his military duties, he launched his law practice in New Orleans.[4]

Ciaccio lost his first bid for the legislature in which his mother, grandmother, and wife knocked on doors in the campaign.[4] He then prevailed in a special election in 1962 to succeed Daniel L. Kelly, who resigned after only two years in the legislature[2] upon his own election to the New Orleans City Council. Four years later, Ciaccio succeeded Kelly on the city council.[3] Known for his analytical mind,[4] Judge Ciaccio served for sixteen years on the Fourth Circuit Court. Even after his retirement from the bench, he was an ad hoc judge, including service under then Chief Justice Catherine D. Kimball on the Louisiana Supreme Court.[4]

Ciaccio was a founding member and the first board chairman of the Covenant House crisis center in New Orleans. In 1952, he wed the former Mary Jane Bologna. The couple had ten children, nine of whom survived their father: Kathleen Giler (husband Paul), Charles (wife Judee). Philip, Jr. (Mary Beth), Maureen Anderson (Marc), Maria Schneider, Charleen Schreiner (George), Gregory, Michael (Nicole), and Suzanne Graffeo (Charlie), and twenty-nine grandchildren. Son Christopher Ciaccio died in 1990 at the age of twenty-seven while he was nearing completion of a college degree.[4]

He died in New Orleans at the age of eighty-eight and is interred there at All Saints' Mausoleum.[4]


  1. Philip Charles Ciaccio-obituary Philip Charles Ciaccio obituary. Retrieved on December 28, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024: Orleans Parish. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on December 28, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 New Orleans City Council members since 1954.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Philip Charles Ciaccio. The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on December 28, 2020.