Jack Donahue is a New Orleans native who grew up in the construction industry. He earned his Civil Engineering degree from LSU and worked for his father’s construction company. In 1979, Jack opened his own construction firm in Mandeville, serving as President/CEO/Chairman. DonahueFavret Contractors currently grosses over $80 million per year, and Jack serves as Chairman of the DonahueFavret Contractors Board of Directors.
Jack has a history of service and leadership. Jack served three terms in the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 11. Through the years, he has been chairman of Associated Builders & Contractors for Louisiana, chairman of the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry, co-chair of the GNO Inc. Tax Competitiveness Task Force, chairman of the Causeway Commission, chairman of the Business Council of St. Tammany Parish, president of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation, president of Legatus Northshore, and board member of the Catholic Foundation.
Jack was named to the LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Hall of Distinction; was named Legislator of the Year by the Alliance for Good Government; was given the John H. Hainkel Leadership Award by the Republican Delegation; was awarded the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in 2010; and received the Community Leadership Award by St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce as well as the Business of the Year from the Chamber; and was named Member of the Year by Associated Builders & Contractors.