John Hainkel

John Hainkel

John Joseph Hainkel, Jr., (March 24, 1938 – April 15, 2005) was a legislator from New Orleans who died in office after thirty-seven years of service. He was the first person in Louisiana and United States history to have been elected as both Speaker of his state House of Representatives and president of his state Senate.

In addition to being a raconteur, Hainkel was also a trial and appellate attorney.

Hainkel graduated from the Roman Catholic De La Salle High School and Tulane University in New Orleans. He was first elected in 1968 as a Democrat to the Louisiana House. His service hence dated back to the second term of Governor John J. McKeithen. Like many other Louisiana Democrats over time, he wound up switching to the more conservative Republican Party. He originally represented a compact, affluent Uptown New Orleans House district. His service began before ten Louisiana state legislators, as of 2006, had even been born.

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... In June 2006, a bust of Hainkel was placed in the rotunda of the Louisiana State Capitol ... The Senate's briefing room in the Capitol has also been named for Hainkel ... noted, "With theater-style seating and large plasma monitors, the John Hainkel Room is among the most luxurious in the Capitol." Shortly after Hainkel's death, Congress, on a motion ...