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Panelist Bio

Sen. John L. "Jack" Donahue, Jr. P.E.
R-Mandeville; Senate Finance Committee

Senator Jack Donahue has been a resident of the Northshore for 44 years and is currently serving his 3rd term in the Louisiana State Senate. He serves on the following Senate Committees:
• Senate Finance
• Senate Judiciary A
• Senate and Governmental Affairs
• Local & Municipal Affairs, Vice Chair

Since being elected in 2008 Senator Donahue has received numerous honors and awards for his work in the Senate:
• Leadership St. Tammany Alumni of the Year
• John J. Hainkel Leadership Award by the Republican Delegation
• Man of the Year by the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, (RPEC)
• Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government
• Guardian of Small Business in the Senate by the National Federation of Independent Business
• Person of the Year by the Associated Builders & Contractors Bayou Chapter
• Outstanding Family Advocate by the Louisiana Family Forum
• Business Champion by the Southwest Chamber of Commerce
• 2011 Republican of the Year by the Northshore Republican Clubs

Prior to serving in the Louisiana Senate, Senator Donahue served as Chairman of the Board for various organizations to include:
• Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI)
• The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission
• Business Council of St. Tammany Parish
• Associated Building & Contractors (New Orleans)
• Associate Building & Contractors (State of Louisiana)

In addition to these leadership positions he has also volunteered his time and expertise to several other non-profits and good government groups such as:
• Habitat of Humanity St. Tammany West
• PRIDE of St. Tammany
• Center for Development and Learning
• Public Affairs Research Council
• "Building on our Blessings" at Mary Queen of Peace.

Senator Donahue earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1967 from Louisiana State University and
was honored with a LSU Leadership Award. In 1979 Jack opened his own construction company in
Mandeville with two employees and a $500 acoustical ceiling job. Today, Senator Donahue is
Chairman of DonahueFavret Contractors, Inc., a large commercial contractor in the state.

Senator Donahue has also received numerous honors during his professional career:
• LSU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction
• Community Leadership Award by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
• Business of the Year by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
• Business Person of the Year by the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce
• Distinguished Leadership Award by the CCFA
• Member of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors
• Spirit of Emanuel Award by the First Emanuel Baptist Church

Senator Donahue has been husband to Maura Walsh Donahue for 28 years and is father to a blended
family of six children and eighteen grandchildren. He and Maura are Catholic and are members of
Mary Queen of Peace Church.

Current Topic

     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state? Take the survey!
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

Robyn Merrick will host.
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