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Sen. John L. "Jack" Donahue, Jr. P.E.
(R); Senate & Governmental Affairs Committee Member

Senator Jack Donahue has been a resident of the Northshore for 38 years and is currently serving his first term in the Louisiana State Senate. Jack was elected on a platform of strong leadership, improving education for our children and fostering a business friendly environment in Louisiana to create jobs and opportunities for our youth. He serves on the following Senate Committees and Commissions:
• Senate Finance
• Senate Judiciary A, Vice-Chairman
• Senate Education
• Senate and Governmental Affairs
• Commission on Streamlining State Government, Chairman

Since being elected in 2007 Senator Donahue has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the Senate. To name just a few he was recently awarded the John J. Hainkel Leadership Award by the Republican Delegation and was named "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business, "Person of the Year" by the Associated Builders & Contractors Bayou Chapter, "Man of the Year" by the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, "Outstanding Family Advocate" by the Louisiana Family Forum and "Business Champion" by the Southwest Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Donahue has been husband to Maura Walsh Donahue for twenty-two years and is father to a blended family of six children and seventeen grandchildren. He and his family are Catholic and are members of Mary Queen of Peace Church.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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