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Former Louisiana Senate president Hines, dead at 85

1 month 1 day 9 hours ago Wednesday, June 19 2019 Jun 19, 2019 June 19, 2019 1:06 PM June 19, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Donald "Doc" Hines, a physician who led the Louisiana Senate as president from 2004 to 2008, has died at age 85.

Hines' death was confirmed Wednesday by the state Senate and Gov. John Bel Edwards' office.

A Democrat from Bunkie, Hines served in the Senate from 1993 through 2008. He was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield in 2006. There, he was described as "a country doctor of the old school" who championed the needs of the working class and the poor.

Among his accomplishments was chairing a task force that created the Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program. Funeral services are scheduled Thursday at Haas Auditorium in Bunkie. Edwards was expected to attend.

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