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Panelist Bio

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.

Current Topic

11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

Special Presentation

Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?


Recent Topics

10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?

09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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