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2005 Policy Positions
of the Southern Legislative Conference

In Memoriam

Senator John J. Hainkel, Jr.


Whereas, John J. Hainkel Jr. was first elected in 1976 to the Louisiana House of Representative, from the 89th District of New Orleans, and was subsequently elected Speaker of that body in 1980;

Whereas, Representative Hainkel was then elected to the Louisiana Senate in 1987 representing Orleans and Jefferson parishes, and was re-elected to the Senate in 1991 representing two additional Louisiana parishes; and was named National Republican Legislator of the year for 1991-1992;

Whereas, Senator Hainkel was elected President of the Louisiana Senate in 2000 and served in that capacity until 2004; having thus earned the distinction of being the first state legislator in the United States to serve as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate representing two different political parties;

Whereas, Senator Hainkel from 1991-1992, served as the only Louisiana Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments and was a valued friend and supporter of both organizations for many years;

Whereas, Senator Hainkel was a partner with the law firm of Porteous, Hainkel and Johnson;

Whereas, Senator Hainkel is survived by three children and five grandchildren;

Whereas, Senator Hainkel was an alumnus and favorite son of R.M. Lusher Public School; De La Salle High School; Tulane University and the Tulane University Law School – all in his beloved New Orleans; and

Whereas, Senator Hainkel was taken from us suddenly on April 15, 2005, leaving behind three children, five grandchildren and innumerable friends and colleagues all of whom loved him dearly;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that The Council of State Governments honors and commends the life and public service of our good friend and colleague, Senator John J. Hainkel, Jr.; extends deepest sympathy to his family and constituents in Louisiana and around the country; and celebrates a unique and distinguished life well lived.


 Adopted by the Southern Legislative Conference, August 2, 2005, Mobile, Alabama.

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