Donald Trahan

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Donald Mark "Don" Trahan
Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives
from the 31st district
In office
Preceded byKay Iles (district then encompassed Beauregard and Vernon parishes)
Succeeded byNancy Landry
Personal details
Born (1950-01-09) January 9, 1950 (age 69)
Abbeville, Vermilion Parish
Louisiana, USA
Political partyRepublican
ChildrenKaren, Sarah, Mary, and John Trahan
ResidenceLafayette, Louisiana, USA
Alma materUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette
OccupationInsurance agent

Donald Mark Trahan, known as Don Trahan (born January 9, 1950),[1] is a Republican former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for Lafayette and Vermilion parishes. He served a full legislative term from 2004 to 2008 during the administration of Democratic Governor Kathleen Blanco, also of Lafayette. He served less than a year of his second term, having resigned in 2008, when he was succeeded by another Republican and his former opponent, Nancy Landry of Lafayette, who still holds the seat.[2]


Trahan was born in Abbeville in Vermilion Parish. He graduated with two bachelor's degrees in 1971 and 1977 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been vice president of the Investment Company Institute, an insurance company. He is a former director of the Lafayette Zoning and Development Commission. He was an assistant to the former Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Jimmy Field, a Republican from Baton Rouge. He was finance chairman of the Louisiana Top 28 School Basketball tournament. He is Roman Catholic and has four children, Karen, Sarah, Mary, and John Trahan.[1]

In 2003, Trahan finished second in the nonpartisan blanket primary for the District 31 House seat. He finished with 4,063 votes (27.3 percent), compared to the top vote-getter of the four candidates, Republican Charles Lee "Charlie" Buckels, Jr. (born December 1945), of Lafayette,[3] who polled 4,380 votes (29.5 percent). Two other candidates, Republican Chad Zerangue and Democrat Neil J. "Sam" Melancon, both finished with just under 22 percent of the votes cast.[4] In the runoff contest on November 15, when Kathleen Blanco defeated Bobby Jindal for governor, Trahan defeated Buckels by 14 votes, 8,181 (50.04 percent) to 8,168 (49.96 percent). [5]

In 2007, Trahan won his second term by 20 votes more than he had in 2003, a margin of 34 votes, 7,365 (50.1 percent) to Nancy Landry's 7,332 (49.9 percent).[6] At the time Landry was an Independent. When Trahan resigned, Landry switched to Republican affiliation to contest the special election for the remainder of his term. She polled 13,463 votes (62.2 percent) to Republican Troy Theriot's 8,197 (37.8 percent).[7]

Trahan's legislative ratings ranged from 86 to 94 percent favorable from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, 89 percent from the National Federation of Independent Business, 100 percent from Louisiana Right to Life, 71 to 100 percent from the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, 64 percent from the Humane Society, and 50 percent from the Louisiana Hospital Association.[8]

During his last year in office, Trahan voted against the castration of sex offenders. He opposed a legislative pay increase but supported higher pay for statewide officials. He voted to restrict gifts to elected officials. He voted to ban public funds for human cloning. He supported deregulation of the cable television industry. He voted to increase both college tuition and automobile insurance rates. He voted against the anti-bullying bill which supporters claimed would have made the practice less likely in public schools. He voted to allow supplementary science materials in public schools; only three House members opposed that measure.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Donald Trahan's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2016, for Lafayette and Vermilion parishes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 6, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Charles Buckels, December 1945". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved May 20, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 4, 2003. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 15, 2003. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. October 20, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Election Results". Louisiana Secretary of State. November 4, 2008. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Donald "Don" Mark Trahan's Ratings and Endorsements". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Donald "Don" Mark Trahan's Voting Records". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
Preceded by
Kay Iles (Beauregard and Vernon parishes)
Louisiana State Representative for
District 31 (Lafayette and Vermilion parishes)

Donald Mark "Don" Trahan

Succeeded by
Nancy Landry