Bodi White

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Mack A. "Bodi" White, Jr.
Louisiana State Senator for
District 6 (East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes)
Assumed office
January 9, 2012
Preceded by Julie Quinn
Louisiana State Representative for
District 64 (East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes)
In office
Preceded by Anthony "Tony" Perkins
Succeeded by Valarie Hodges
Personal details
Born (1956-04-07) April 7, 1956 (age 61)
East Baton Rouge Parish
Louisiana, USA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Robin Wunstel White (married since 1982)

Kimberly White
Kristen Elizabeth McKnight

Mackie White
Parents Mr. and Mrs. Mack White, Sr.
Alma mater Southeastern Louisiana University (B.S.)
Loyola University New Orleans (Graduate studies)
Occupation Businessman
Police officer

Mack A. White, Jr., known as Bodi White (born April 7, 1956), is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate from Central City in East Baton Rouge Parish in south Louisiana. His District 6 includes parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes.[1]

White won the Senate seat in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 22, 2011, by having narrowly defeated fellow Republican Mike Mannino, 12,886 votes (51.7 percent) to 12,047 (48.3 percent).[2] The incumbent senator, Republican Julie Quinn of Jefferson Parish, did not seek reelection.[3]

Under redistricting, Senate District 6 has a different configuration reaching from Baton Rouge to the Florida Parishes. White describes the district as "sprawling, almost 100 miles long. It is an area of tremendous growth. The I-10 and I-12 corridors have added five new representative districts and 1-1/2 new Senate seats as a result of the census. It's also where we expect the growth to be over the next ten years."[3] White describes the Senate district as "conservative" with "working people [who] believe in family values, and [oppose] tax increases.”[3]


An East Baton Rouge Parish native, White's father was Mack White, Sr. (1934–1999) of Baker.[4] White holds an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and completed graduate work in the same field from Loyola University in New Orleans.[1] White was a detective for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office for six years and a supervisor at ExxonMobil for seventeen years. He is an agent with Rogillio Real Estate Company in Baton Rouge and also owns a small private security company.[3]

White and his wife, the former Robin Wunstel, wed in the fall of 1982. They have three children, Kimberly White, Kristen W. McKnight and her husband, Ivan Emmett McKnight, and Mackie White, and a granddaughter. He is a long-term member of the Blackwater United Methodist Church in Zachary in East Baton Rouge Parish. White has been named the Central City "Man of the Year". He assists in providing student scholarships for his alma mater, Southeastern.[3]

State representative[edit]

White was first elected without opposition in 2003 to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 64 to succeed fellow Republican Tony Perkins, who became the president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian political organization. Thereafter, White defeated two "No Party" opponents in the primary held on October 20, 2007, with nearly 77 percent of the vote.[5] White served on the House committees of Administration of Criminal Justice, Appropriations, Budget, and Judiciary. He also sat on the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Resources.[1] White holds 100 percent ratings from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. He voted in the 2011 legislative session against the bill to make the Louisiana cigarette tax permanent. Then he voted against the attempt to override Governor Bobby Jindal's veto of the permanent cigarette tax. He voted against a bill to prohibit hand-held cellular devices while driving.[6]

In the House, White pushed for ethics reform. He wrote a bill to protect government whistleblowers who disclose llegal or unfair activities in their office. He supported full disclosure on lawmakers' financial dealings.[3] He favors the executive director of the Ethics Administration being a full-time appointee. White has pushed for mandatory governmental ethics training for legislative officials.[3]

In the general election, a runoff contest held on December 10, 2016, White received 55,241 votes (48 percent) in his bid to succeed Kip Holden as the Baton Rouge Mayor-President. Former state Senator Sharon Weston Broome, who like Holden is an African American, defeated White, having polled 59,737 votes (52 percent).[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Rep. Mack A. "Bodi" White, Jr". Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Louisiana primary election returns, October 22, 2011". Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Rep. Bodi White Announces Candidacy for State Senate, July 6, 2011". Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Louisiana State Legislative Returns, October 20, 2007". Archived from the original on August 17, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Candidate summary". Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Election Results". December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
Louisiana Senate
Preceded by
Julie Quinn
Louisiana State Senator from District 6 (East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes)

Mack A. "Bodi" White, Jr.

Succeeded by
Louisiana House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tony Perkins
Louisiana State Representative from District 64 (East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes)

Mack A. "Bodi" White, Jr.

Succeeded by
Valarie Hodges