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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.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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