Senator Mack “Bodi” White Seeks Re-Election to Louisiana Senate District 6
Louisiana State Sen. Mack “Bodi” White, R-Central, La., announced he will seek re-election to State Senate District 6 in the Oct. 24 primary election.
State Senate District 6 represents parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes.
“I am honored and humbled to represent the interests of the great people of my district. It continues to be a welcomed challenge and rewarding privilege. I respectfully ask the voters of District 6 to allow me to continue working for them,” White said.
White currently serves as vice chairman of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, and is a member of the Louisiana Senate’s Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee; Education Committee; Finance Committee; Judiciary C Committee; and Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
White is a staunch conservative who has worked to balance the state’s budget and prioritize funding for Louisiana families.
“I will continue to do my part to reduce spending, manage health care costs and enforce laws that keep us safe. I will continue to work with leaders in my district to bring needed infrastructure to our local communities and invest in our future with quality education reforms and proper funding at all levels of education, including pre-K, K-12 and higher education,” Sen. White said.
Some of the projects for which Sen. White recently led the effort to gain legislative approval and funding include: obtaining $50 million to widen Hooper Road from Blackwater Road to Greenwell Springs Road and to develop plans for a new bridge over the Amite River, extending to Highway 16 in Watson; obtaining another $10 million to widen Sullivan Road from Wax Road to Hooper Road in Central; securing $1.29 million for the Port Manchac North Pass and $720,000 for the Port Manchac Terminal; as well as gaining $22.4 million for the Southeastern Louisiana University Computer Science Department.
White also acquired the Greenwell Springs Hospital site for the Central Community School System and $2 million for the new Central City Hall. He garnered $2.69 million for road improvements on South Airport Road in Hammond, $1 million for an aviation tower at the Hammond airport, and $1.875 for the Ponchatoula Law Enforcement Complex. He also led efforts to secure more than $1 million for St. Helena Parish’s first public park, which will be located in Ward 5, and $1 million for a new parish library, which is being constructed in Greensburg. He obtained more than $500,000 to do extensive repair work on St. Helena Parish Sheriff’s office, and $200,000 for a municipal office and fire station in Montpelier.
White is the author of the Constitutional Amendment to create the Central Community School District. He introduced legislation to allow community leaders in Southeast Baton Rouge to establish an independent school district, and he supported the right of voters in that area to vote on the creation of the proposed City of St. George. White is currently working with local officials to secure funding for a new YMCA facility at the corner of Barringer Foreman Road and Airline Highway, which will include services for the elderly, including office and meeting space for the Council on Aging.
White continues to be recognized as a leader in ethics reform. He has successfully passed legislation that supports financial disclosure by lawmakers and mandatory ethics training for legislative officials. He has also authored many anti-crime bills that include tougher penalties for home invasions and RICO prosecutions of investment fraud, such as the Stanford Group scandal.
White is endorsed by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the state’s major business lobby, based on his long-standing commitment to work with the state’s business community. At the same time, the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) recently named him a “Champion for Healthcare” for his leadership in protecting access to quality care for local communities.
He is a past winner of the City of Central’s “Man of the Year,” and he has been recognized for providing student scholarships for Southeastern Louisiana University.
White is married to Robin Wunstel White. They have three children and their spouses: Kimberly and John King; Kristen and Ivan McKnight, and Mackie and Kristen White. They have one granddaughter, Sydney Elizabeth King, and are expecting a second granddaughter, Faith Elizabeth McKnight, in the next three to four weeks. Their family attends Blackwater Methodist Church.
White holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from Southeastern Louisiana University, and he did his post-graduate studies at Loyola University. He served as an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s detective for six years, and worked as a supervisor at ExxonMobil for 17 years. He currently works as a commercial and property real estate agent with Rogillio Real Estate Company in Baton Rouge and owns a small private security company.
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