Former WestBank senator dies

Former longtime state legislator Chris Ullo, of Marrero, died Thursday at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, his son-in-law said.

He was 85. He had been hospitalized with congestive heart failure.

Ullo, a Democrat, served in the Louisiana Legislature for 36 years, first as a state representative from 1972 to 1988, then as a state senator until 2008. Throughout the years, he worked for economic development on the West Bank and educational opportunities.

Even though he had been out of office for five years, Ullo was still “taking calls from constituents” during the Christmas holidays, said his son-in-law, Rudy Blanchard.

Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, said Ullo was his state senator before Ullo stepped down because state law limited the number of terms he could serve. “If term limits wouldn’t have taken him out, I probably wouldn’t have ever run for the Senate,” Alario said.

Alario said Ullo worked hard to get the West Bank Expressway built. He also worked to get funding for the crime identification section of State Police.