2016 Mentor: Jean Paul Coussan

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Jean-Paul Coussan is a civic and business leader in Lafayette, focused on family, community, and fostering an environment where local business, industry and culture can thrive. A lifelong Republican, he was elected to the State House District 45.

Jean-Paul is a small businessman and partner at the Lafayette real estate law firm of Andrus Boudreaux Complete Title, and cofounder of Cougar Construction, LLC, a real estate investment company with a focus on residential construction projects and rental units in Lafayette. Jean-Paul previously was an attorney with Ottinger Hebert, LLC, where he primarily defended oil and gas clients in legacy suits under Act 312 and other business matters.


Jean-Paul Coussan is a civic and business leader in Lafayette, focused on family, community, and fostering an environment where local business, industry and culture can thrive.
Jean-Paul supports his community by serving in a number of civic leadership roles in Lafayette, and in 2013 was honored as one of the Top 20 under 40. He served on the Board of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for the 2011-2013 term, where he was named to the Executive Committee and the CEO selection committee. Jean-Paul is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXI and a former board member of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana where he assisted with corporate restructuring. Jean-Paul has served for five years on the Cajundome Commission, the governing body of the Cajundome and Convention Center, located in the heart of District 45. He is also involved in the 705 Young Professionals, Acadian Homebuilders Association, Realtor Association of Acadiana, Boy Scouts of America – Evangeline Area Council, Leukemia Lymphoma Society – which named him 2008 Man of the Year, Faith House of Acadiana, Lafayette Young Lawyers Association and the Krewe of Gabriel.

Jean-Paul’s conservative family has deep roots in Lafayette. His grandfather, now deceased, was Dr. G. Louis Coussan, a professor and former Dean of the College of Education at UL-Lafayette. Jean-Paul’s dad, now deceased, was Dr. George Coussan, a prominent radiologist and a former quarterback for the Ragin’ Cajuns, leading them to the 1970 Grantland Rice Bowl. Jean-Paul’s grandmother is Mrs. Mary B. Coussan, a retired school teacher in the Lafayette Parish School System. Jean-Paul’s mom is Ms. Jo Ellen Becnel Coussan, an established realtor with Van Eaton & Romero. Jean-Paul attended Prairie Elementary, Our Lady of Fatima, and St. Thomas More High School. He received both his Undergraduate and Juris Doctorate from LSU. Jean-Paul and his wife of six years, Jennifer Joy, have three children – George, Claire and Caroline. They are parishioners at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.

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