James Donelon

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James Donelon
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Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance
Incumbent
In office
February 2006 - Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJ. Robert Wooley
Compensation
Base salary$115,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionOctober 22, 2011
First electedSeptember 30, 2006
Next primaryOctober 24, 2015
Campaign $$3,149,528
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
1982 - 2001
Jefferson Parish Council Chair
1976 - 1980
Education
High schoolJesuit High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Orleans
J.D.Loyola University
Military service
Service/branchLouisiana Army National Guard
CitationsLegion of Merit medal
Personal
Date of birthDecember 14, 1944
Place of birthNew Orleans, Louisiana
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James Donelon (b. December 14, 1944) is the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance. Donelon, a Republican, first assumed office in February 2006 when then-commissioner J. Robert Wooley resigned. Donelon won a special election for the position in September 2006 and subsequently won full terms in 2007 and 2011. He is running for re-election in the 2015 election.[1]

In his current position as insurance commissioner, Donelon holds jurisdiction over the Life, Health and Accident, Property and Liability, Marine and Inland Marine, Fidelity and Surety, and Title insurance industries in Louisiana.

Biography

Donelon was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is married and has four children. Donelon served in the military for 33 years before retiring as the State Judge Advocate for the Louisiana Army National Guard with the rank of Colonel. He served as Executive Council to the Governor from 1972-1975, was on the Jefferson Parish Council from 1978-1980, and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1982-2001.[2]

In 2011, he was selected as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) Vice-President.[3]

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University
  • B.A., University of New Orleans

Political career

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance (2006-present)

Donelon first assumed office as Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance in February 2006 when then-commissioner J. Robert Wooley resigned. Donelon won a special election for the position in September 2006, was elected to a full term in 2007, and won re-election in 2011.

Elections

2015

See also: Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance election, 2015

Donelon is running for re-election as Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance in the 2015 election. The primary election is scheduled for October 24, 2015, with a runoff held on November 21, 2015, if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.[1]

Campaign finance

First quarter report (2015)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a total of $108,850 and spent a total of $93,404.03 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on May 4, 2015.[4]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
James Donelon Republican Party Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance $442,350.40 $60,050.00 $46,345.75 $456,054.65
Matt Parker Republican Party Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance $13,970.00 $48,800.00 $47,058.28 $15,711.72
Grand Total Raised $108,850
Grand Total Spent $93,404.03

Annual report (2014)
Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected from the state's campaign finance authority. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a total of $308,155.79 and spent a total of $107,495.31 during this reporting period. This information was last updated on February 19, 2015.[5]

Campaign Contributions and Expenditures
Candidate Office Beginning balance Contributions Expenditures Ending balance
James Donelon Republican Party Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance $255,659.92 $271,685.79 $84,995.31 $442,350.40
Matt Parker Republican Party Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance $0.00 $36,470.00 $22,500.00 $13,970.00
Grand Total Raised $308,155.79
Grand Total Spent $107,495.31

2011

See also: Louisiana down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Donelon won re-election in the primary on October 22, 2011 against Donald Hodge (D). Since he won with more than 50 percent of the primary vote, Donelon was declared the winner and did not need to go on to the November 19 general election.

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Donelon Incumbent 67.5% 651,559
     Democratic Donald Hodge 32.5% 314,317
Total Votes 965,876


2007

Donelon won a full term as Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance in the October 20, 2007 election.[6]

Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Donelon Incumbent 50.9% 606,196
     Democratic James Crowley 35.6% 423,986
     Republican Robert Lansden 8.9% 105,991
     Republican Jerilyn Schneider-Kneale 4.6% 55,350
Total Votes 1,191,523
Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State

2006

Donelon first won election as Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance in a special election on September 30, 2006. The election was to fill a 15-month unexpired term.[7]


2006 James Donelon campaign ad
Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Donelon 50.1% 284,281
     Republican James Cain 39.3% 222,732
     Libertarian S.B.A. Zaitoon 10.6% 60,182
Total Votes 567,195
Election Results via Louisiana Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Donelon is available dating back to 1999. Based on available campaign finance records, Donelon raised a total of $3,149,528 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[8]

James Donelon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Won $700,620
2009 Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Not up for election $260,398
2007 Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Won $2,042,136
1999 Louisiana State House District 88 Won $146,374
Grand Total Raised $3,149,528

2007 and 2011

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of James Donelon's donors each year.[9] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Donelon and his wife Merilynn live in Jefferson Parish. They have four children and six grandchildren.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Robert Wooley
Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance
February 2006–present
Succeeded by
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