Candidate Profile
Jim Donelon

Republican , Louisiana


Panel Rating

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Alliance for Good Government, GNOR PAC, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI)

Reported by Candidate

LAGOP, LABI PAC, Congressman Steve Scalise, Jefferson RPEC, Rapides RPEC, Calcasieu RPEC

Selected Contributions


Jeffrey Atwater (2009), Jimmy Patronis Jr. (2018)







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

All life should be protected.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

As Insurance Commissioner of the State of Louisiana my official work has little or no baring on unemployment in our state. However, as a fiscal conservative I feel that job creation is the purview of private business and not government.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The economy is derived not from governmental sources, but rather sources within business and industry. I would encourage the government to be a partner with business and industry as it relates to the economy.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I have championed an ability to partner with other elected officials for the betterment of Louisiana insureds. Recently partnering with Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator Mills to ensure the people of Louisiana will have access to affordable health insurance after Obamacare, insuring that those with pre-existing conditions could remain insured.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.


The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.


I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Strongly Disagree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The specter of tyranny and oppressive taxation are at the root of many aspects of the founders constitutional stances.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a devout Catholic. I believe in the sanctity of marriage, celebrating over 50 years of marriage to my wife. Together we have raised four daughters and eight grandchildren.


I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Please see numerous statements on website and social media.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

My education at Jesuit High School, the University of New Orleans and Loyola School of Law provided me with relationships and experiences that have been a source of pride throughout my entire life, including being honored as the first recipient of the Homer L. Hitt Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award for the University of New Orleans. Another aspect of my background that has shaped me greatly is my service in the Louisiana National Guard where I retired after 33 years of military service with the rank of Colonel and served as the State Judge Advocate, receiving the prestigious Legion of Merit medal among many other citations. Additionally, my ability to use the lessons learned in a lifetime of successful leadership within the worlds of government, the law and the insurance industry for the betterment of the citizens of Louisiana.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 225-218-7499

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am a decided conservative, having lived every aspect of these principals in my personal, professional and public life.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.

Strongly Agree


  • Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, 1968
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, 1967
  • Jesuit High School, New Orleans, 1962
Work & Military
  • Louisiana Army National Guard, Colonel, 33
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, Board Member
  • Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana, Board Member
  • Academy of the Sacred Heart Dad's Club, Board Member
  • State Representative District 88, Held 20 years
  • Jefferson Parish Council, Held 4 years

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