George Arceneaux, Jr.

George Arceneaux, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
September 26, 1979  April 6, 1993
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by New judgeship
Succeeded by Stanwood Duval
Personal details
Born (1928-05-17)May 17, 1928
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died April 6, 1993(1993-04-06) (aged 64)
Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Martin Arceneaux

Mary Elizabeth Arceneaux Dionne
George Arceneaux, III

Robert Martin Arceneaux
Parents Louise Austin and George Arceneaux, Sr.
Alma mater

Louisiana State University

American University, Washington College of Law


Aide to U.S. Senator Allen J. Ellender
Military service
Service/branch United States Army

George Arceneaux, Jr. (May 17, 1928 April 6, 1993) was a United States federal judge from Houma, Louisiana.


Born in New Orleans, Arceneaux served in the United States Army from 1951 to 1952 and then procured a BA degree in 1949 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and a JD from American University, Washington College of Law in 1957. He was an administrative assistant to Democratic U.S. Senator Allen J. Ellender from 1952 to 1960. He was thereafter in private practice in Houma from 1960 to 1979.

On June 12, 1979, Arceneaux was nominated by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1979, and received his commission the following day, and served until his death in Houma.

In 1991, Arceneaux delivered the maximum sentence allowed on the conviction for multiple felonies of former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Douglas D. "Doug" Green of Baton Rouge. Judge Arceneaux ordered Green to serve twenty-eight concurrent five-year terms on conviction of conspiracy and mail fraud and two concurrent 20-year terms for laundering campaign loans. A jury determined that Green conspired with John and Naaman Eicher of the Champion Insurance Company, his largest campaign donors, to keep the failing company intact, a decision which cost Louisiana taxpayers $150 million. According to prosecution evidence, Green received $2.7 million in bribes.[1] Green ultimately served about half of his total 25-year sentence in the federal prison in Pensacola, Florida.[2][3]

Arceneaux was one of two sons of George Arceneaux, Sr., and the former Louise Austin. His brother was the educator Tommie Eugene "Tom" Arceneaux (1936-2013), who taught in East Baton Rouge and West Baton Rouge parishes and in other locations in Florida and Mississippi. Judge Arceneaux and his wife, the former Mary Martin, had three children, Mary Elizabeth Arceneaux Dionne (husband Fernand) of Metairie, Louisiana; George Arceneaux, III (wife Lynn), of Carencro, Louisiana, and Robert Martin Arceneaux (wife Jill) of Katy, Texas.[4]


  1. "Louisiana Insurance Official Is Sentenced", June 13, 1991". The New York Times. June 13, 1991. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  2. "Rick Jervis, "Insurance chief up against Louisiana's past", March 30, 2008". March 30, 2008. Retrieved June 16, 2013.
  3. "Inmate Locator". Retrieved June 17, 2013.
  4. "Tommie Eugene "Tom" Arceneaux obituary". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Succeeded by
Stanwood Duval
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