JEFFERSON, La. -- Aaron Broussard, who pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday on corruption charges, became arguably the most powerful man in the most populous parish in the state during a political career that began when he was in his 20s.
Broussard got his first taste of politics in 1974 when he was elected to the Jefferson Parish School Board at the age of 24.
He was elected to the Jefferson Parish Council in 1977, and then in 1982, voters picked him to be Kenner's mayor for the first of four terms he would serve in that post.
Broussard returned to the council as chairman in 1995, and was elected for the first of two terms as parish president in 2003.
Broussard was no stranger to controversy. In 2005 he enraged many Jefferson Parish residents when he evacuated pump station operators during Hurricane Katrina.
Those homeowners blamed him for the flood waters that moved into homes in some neighborhoods.
In January 2010, Aaron Broussard's 35-year career in public office ended when he resigned from office.
Broussard said he went into politics as a dragon slayer when he was 23, and now at 63 he said he leaves public life as the dragon.