Tulane Alumni Association




Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award 2001 


Senator John J. Hainkel Jr.

The fifth annual recipient of the Dermot S. McGlinchey Lifetime Acheivement Award, Senator John J. Hainkel not only meets the criteria for this prestigious honor, but exceeds it in every category.

An alumnus of the former College of Arts and Sciences (now Tulane College) and Tulane Law School, Senator Hainkel is the epitome of an individual who has successfully combined an outstanding professional career with years of service to the community and significant commitment to and volunteer leadership at his alma mater.

Currently President of the Louisiana State Senate, Senator Hainkel has earned the distinction of being the first person in U.S. history to serve as both a speaker of state Houseof Representatives and president of that state's Senate. 

Senator Hainkel'f formal career in public service began in 1967 when he was elected to the first of five consecutive terms there, he served on numerous committees, such as judiciary, civil law and commerce and was named Speaker of the House form 1980-84. In 1987, he was elected to the Louisisna Senate, and in Januart 2000, he became Senate President.

His legislative career has been marked by his interest in education, jobs, consumerism, criminal justice, parks, preservation and environmental quality. Consequently, he has successfully steered the passage of important ground-breaking legislation, such as the right-to-work law, the innovative corporation tax credit law for employment and the TOPS scholarship program, which makes a college education accessible to all qualified Louisiana citizens.

Throughout the year, Senator Hainkel has been honored by numerous organization for his efforts on behalf of the citizens of New Orleans and Louisiana. FOr example, he has received the Preservation Legislator Award from the Louisiana Preservation Alliance; Legislator of the Year Award from the New Orleans Chapter of the Alliance for Good Goevernment on two occasions, and their Special Award in 1983; Outstanding ALumnus from DeLaSalle High School in 1968 and from Tulane Law School in 1981; Legislator of the Year from the Lousiana Restaurant Association in 1998; and Legislator of the MOnth (1995 and 1996) form the Louisiana Municipal Association. He has also received the National Republican Legislator of the Year Award, the Brown Pelican Award and Lifetime Service Award from the Friends of Louisiana Independent Colleges and Universities.

In addition to his responsibilities associated with elected office, including numerous committee appointments, Senator Hainkel has also served as chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference and as a member of the National Council on Education Standards and Testing.

Since 1961, Senator Hainkel has also maintained an active civil trail practice as a senior partner in the law firm of Porteous, Hainkel, Johnson and Sarpy. He is active in the Louisiana and American Bar Associations and the AMerican Judicature Society.

Despite his grueling legislative and professional schedule, Senator Hainkel has maintained his ties and commitment to Tulane. Following the receipt of his bachelor's degree in history in 1959, he enrolled in Tulane Law School, where he achieved membership on the Moot Court Board, Law Review Association and the Order of the Coif. To this day, he remains a devoted supporter of the university and an avid Tulane baseball fan.

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