Pete Heine

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Pete Heine
Mayor of Baker, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
In office
1964–1976
Preceded by Henry Grady Smith, Sr.
Succeeded by Michael A. "Mike" Cross
In office
1981–1992
Preceded by Michael A. "Mike" Cross
Succeeded by Bobby Simpson
President of the Louisiana Municipal Association
In office
1967–1968
Preceded by John W. Perritt
Succeeded by James G. Sherman
Personal details
Born Norman E. Heine
(1928-12-04) December 4, 1928 (age 85)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Georgia Lea Pilcher Heine (died 2006)
Children Kathryn Earn Heine Overfield

Steven Kerry Heine (died 2002)
Charles Norman "Chuck" Heine
George Lee Heine
James Donald "Scooter" Heine

Parents Rev. and Mrs. Charles Heine
Residence Baker, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma mater Jefferson Military College
Occupation Public official
Religion Baptist

Norman E. Heine, known as Pete Heine (born December 4, 1928), is a former Democratic mayor of the East Baton Rouge Parish city of Baker, located east of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, having served from 1964–1976 and again from 1981-1992.[1] Heine (pronounced HINEY) was the president of the Louisiana Municipal Association from 1967 to 1968.[2]

Heine was born in Baton Rouge and attended public schools there before enrolling at the defunct Jefferson Military College in Washington, Mississippi. He served in the United States Air Force from 1948-1952 as a staff sergeant, participating in the Berlin Airlift and later serving as crew chief on an F-86 Sabre jet.[3] Heine is the widower of the former Georgia Lea Pilcher (September 2, 1926–December 12, 2006),[4] a pianist at the First Baptist Church of Baker. He is the father of five: Kathryn Earn Heine Overfield, herself a piano teacher in Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish; Steven Kerry Heine, who died in 2002; Charles Norman "Chuck" Heine, George Lee Heine, and James Donald "Scooter" Heine.[5]

Heine was an alderman and Mayor Pro Tem when he was elected mayor in 1964 to succeed the retiring Henry Grady Smith, Sr. (1921–2009), who served from 1956-1964.[1][6] Only the fourth mayor in Baker history, Heine stepped down in 1976 to run unsuccessfully for the mayor-presidency of East Baton Rouge Parish, having lost to the incumbent Democrat, W.W. Dumas. A Republican, Mayor Jack Breaux of Zachary, finished third in the race for mayor-president.

As the Baker mayor, Heine was succeeded by Michael A. "Mike" Cross, who served until 1981, when he resigned the position to succeed State Senator Gaston Gerald, who had been expelled from the chamber in a 33-3 vote because of his conviction and imprisonment of extortion to receive a bribe.[7] Heine then returned to the mayoralty post to succeed Cross. Heine served until 1992, when he declined to run again. The Baker mayoralty then went to the Republican Bobby Simpson, who subsequently became mayor-president in 2001.[1] In Heine's last campaign for mayor on March 8, 1988, he defeated another Democrat, Jewel E. "Duke" Welch, 2,244 (53.9 percent) to 1,923 (46.2 percent), a member of the East Baton Rouge Metro Council who was later elected as a state court judge. In that same election, the Democrat Sid J. Gautreaux, III, won the position of police chief in Baker.[8] In 2007, Gautreaux was elected sheriff of East Baton Rouge Parish. Heine has served as a mayor in East Baton Rouge Parish longer than any other person.[3]

From 1993-2000, he served as the first parish manager for West Feliciana Parish in St. Francisville, north of Baton Rouge.[3][9]

Heine ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in the 1971 Democratic closed primary, with the eventual winner being former city council member Jimmy Fitzmorris of New Orleans. In 1973, he was an elected as a delegate from East Baton Rouge Parish to the Louisiana Constitutional Convention, which drafted the new charter approved by voters statewide in 1974.[3][10][dead link]

In 1991, Heine forced Mike Cross, his first successor as mayor of Baker, into a general election runoff for Cross' Senate seat. Cross led with 19,650 votes (45 percent) to Heine’s 13,808 (31.8 percent). Two other Democratic candidates shared the remaining 23 percent.[11] In the second round of balloting, Cross prevailed, 28,234 votes (57.8 percent) to Heine’s 20,813 (42.4 percent).[12]

Heine is the son of the Reverend Charles Heine, a Baptist minister who helped to organize two area churches and was the pastor of several others. An active layman in his denomination, Heine was named in 2008 as the "Peoples Health Champion" in recognition of those over sixty-five who perform exceptional community service. In Heine’s case, he was honored for having coordinated the construction of a church in the Leland community.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kathleen Stephens, List of Baker Mayors, City of Baker, kstephens@cityofbakerla.com
  2. ^ "Pictures of past presidents of the Louisiana Municipal Association". lma.org. Retrieved August 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "House Resolution No. 72 by State Representative Melvin "Kip" Holden, 2001". legis.state.la.us. Retrieved December 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Social Security Death Index". ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kathy’s Keyboards". kathyskeyboards.com. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Henry Smith dies, former Baker mayor". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Pol in the Pen". Time, June 8, 1981. June 8, 1981. Retrieved November 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Louisiana election returns, March 8, 1988". sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved November 27, 2009. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b ""Hope and Faith: Kathy Heine Overfield's music is an inspiration to all", January 5, 2009". demco.org. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Constitution drafters meet, reminisce 33 years later". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved November 27, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Louisiana election returns, October 19, 1991". sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved November 17, 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Louisiana election returns, November 16, 1991". sos.louisiana.gov. Retrieved November 17, 2009. [dead link]
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Grady Smith, Sr.
Mayor of Baker, Louisiana

Norman E. "Pete" Heine
1964–1976

Succeeded by
Michael A. "Mike" Cross
Preceded by
Michael A. "Mike" Cross
Mayor of Baker, Louisiana

Norman E. "Pete" Heine
1981–1992

Succeeded by
Bobby Simpson
Preceded by
John W. Perritt of Ruston
President of the Louisiana Municipal Association

Norman E. "Pete" Heine
1967–1968

Succeeded by
James G. Sherman of Columbia