Louisiana Political
Hall of Fame


2022 Inductee
Jim Donelon

Jim Donelon

A New Orleans native that has served as Louisiana’s commission of insurance since 2006, winning election five times to become the longest-serving insurance commissioner in the state’s history and the second longest tenure in the nation. Major insurance events Donelon has overseen in those 15 years have included Louisiana’s recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and 2020, the state’s worst hurricane season. He was Louisiana’s first insurance commissioner to serve as president of the NAIC (2013). He has sought to improve the office’s effectiveness, efficiency and transparency and to protect consumers. He received his BA degree from the University of New Orleans and his JD from Loyola University N.O. College of Law.