| Maurice L. "Bud" Mapes
(Political consultant and lobbyist)
|Born|| July 8, 1930 |
|Died|| December 1, 2005 (aged 75) |
Livingston Parish, Louisiana
|Spouse|| Berniece Joan "Bea" Mick Mapes (died 1999)
Maurice L. Mapes, known as Bud Mapes (July 8, 1930 — December 1, 2005), was a lobbyist and political consultant who worked with eight Louisiana governors. from Earl Kemp Long, who left office in 1960 to Kathleen Blanco, serving her single term at the time of his death.
Mapes was born in Ozark in Christian County in southwestern Missouri, to Reginald Maurice Mapes (1903-1974) and the former Mabel Helen Woody (1902-1993). He attended Drury College and Southwest Missouri State College, both in Springfield in southwestern Missouri, the University of Missouri in Columbia, and Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955, with service during the Korean War. He moved to Baton Rouge in 1960 after traveling for the preceding five years to Louisiana from Kansas City, Missouri. Mapes applied his personal motto, "What is the right thing to do?", for the benefit for his wide array of clients, including the Louisiana Farm Bureau, the Southwestern Lumberman's Association, Louisiana Finance Association, 3M Company, Entergy, Cole-National Corp., Louisiana Retailers Association, Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association, and the Louisiana Building Material Dealers Association.
Mrs. Mapes, the former Berniece Joan Mick (1927-1999), known as Bea Mapes, was originally from rural Tipton in Mitchell County in northern Kansas. She was a Roman Catholic and a founder of the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. The couple had two sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel Woody "Sammy" Mapes (born 1961) and his wife, Shannon Mapes, of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and Joseph Anton "Joe" Mapes (born 1962) and his wife, Sandy Mapes, of Port Allen in West Baton Rouge Parish. The Mapeses are interred in different cemeteries, he at Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge, and she at Mount Carmel Cemetery and Mausoleum in St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish, north of Baton Rouge.
In 2017, nearly a dozen years after his passing, Mapes was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield, along with journalist Jim Beam of Lake Charles, former state House Speaker Jimmy Dimos of Monroe, and Dave Norris, the mayor of West Monroe from 1978 to 2018.