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Donald Elliott Hines (November 14, 1933 – June 18, 2019)[1] was a family physician in Bunkie[2] in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, who was from 1993 to 2008 a member of the Louisiana State Senate for District 28.[3] In his last term from 2004 to 2008, he was the Senate President under his political ally, Democratic former Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.[3]

Donald E. Hines
Louisiana State Senator from Avoyelles Parish
In office
January 1993 – January 2008
Preceded byJohn Saunders
Succeeded byEric LaFleur
President of the Louisiana State Senate
In office
2004–2008
Preceded byJohn Hainkel
Succeeded byJoel Chaisson
Personal details
Born
Donald Elliott Hines

(1933-11-14)November 14, 1933
Bunkie, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedJune 18, 2019(2019-06-18) (aged 85)
Bunkie, Louisiana, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jacqueline Ewing Hines (born October 1935)
ChildrenDonna Louise Newton

Richard Arvie Hines
Christopher Arthur Hine
Henry Arthur Hines
Scott Alan Hines

Virginia Marie Long
ResidenceBunkie, Louisiana
Alma materUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
OccupationPhysician
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy

BiographyEdit

Hines completed his undergraduate studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and obtained his M.D. from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He served as a second lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1963. Near the end of his naval service Hines received the Commendation Medal in 1963 for bravely jumping out of a helicopter into the swamps south of New Iberia to rescue his fellow military men who needed medical attention following an aircraft crash.[4]

He began his medical practice in 1966. He is a member of the Louisiana and the Avoyelles Parish medical societies. Hines was a member of the Avoyelles Parish School Board from 1972 until his election to the state Senate.[5] From 1984 to 1990, Hines was the director of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and served at the end of his tenure there as the commission chairman. In that capacity, he work to preserve wildlife and public land. As state senator, he was involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery and secured funding to transform the Haas Auditorium in Bunkie into a hurricane evacuation and civic center.[1]

Hines won a special election in January 16, 1993, to succeed Senator John Saunders, who resigned after seventeen years in the office. In addition to his own Avoyelles Parish, District 28 included in 1993 all or parts of the following: Allen, Calcasieu, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, and St. Landry parishes. Hines polled 15,314 votes (58 percent) to 11,094 (42 percent) for his intraparty opponent, I. Jackson Burson, Jr,[6] a lawyer from Eunice.[7]

Hines was elected to his first full term in 1995 with opposition from one other Democrat. From 1996 to 2000, a portion of Avoyelles Parish was also represented in the state Senate by a second physician and a former professional football player, Republican Tommy Casanova of Crowley in Acadia Parish. Hines won his third and fourth terms without opposition in 1999 and 2003.[3]

In 2006, HInes was inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. In its announcement of his induction, the Hall of Fame called his a "country doctor ... who became one of the Senate’s most articulate spokesmen for the needs of the working class and poor people."[8] Hines chaired the task force that created the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program. He also authored the Rural Hospital Preservation Act and the SeniorRX Prescription Program. He helped to establish the Gene Therapy Research Initiative.[8]

Term-limited in the Senate, Hines was succeeded by his fellow Democrat Eric LaFleur of Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish. LaFleur won the Senate seat on November 17, 2007, when he defeated in a runoff contest, Donald Newton of Bunkie, a grandson of Donald Hines.[9] District 28, which has been frequently altered in redistricting, now includes Avoyelles and Evangeline parishes and portions of Acadia, Allen, and St. Landry parishes.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sen. Donald E. Hines M.D.
  2. ^ "Dr. Donald E. Hines". WebMD.com. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Membership in the Louisiana Senate, 1880-Present" (PDF). senate.la.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "Dr. Don Hines, Former State Senator of Bunkie, 85". Avoyellestoday.com. June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Donald Hines' Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Election Results by Parish: Official Results for Election Date: 01/16/1993, State Senator -- 28th Senatorial District". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  7. ^ "I. Jackson Burson, Jr". legaldirectories.com. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Donald E. Hines". lapoliticalmuseum.com. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, November 18, 2007
  10. ^ "Election Results by Parish: Official Results for Election Date: 10/22/2011, State Senator -- 28th Senatorial District". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
Preceded by
John Saunders
Louisiana State Senator from Avoyelles and at times portions of Acadia, Allen, Calcasieu, Evangeline, Jeff Davis, and St. Landry parishes

Donald Elliott Hines
1993–2008

Succeeded by
Eric LaFleur
Preceded by
John Hainkel
President of the Louisiana State Senate

Donald Elliott Hines
2004–2008

Succeeded by
Joel Chaisson