Sunday, 25 May 2014 15:04

John Maginnis, dean of Louisiana Politics, RIP

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maginnisLouisiana and the Louisiana political community will sorely miss the humor and insights of John Maginnis, who died today.  To me, and I believe to many, he has been the Dean of Louisiana Politics and many of us who have followed his writings have learned greatly from him.

Maginnis, the founder of,  has been an inspiration to many of us, not only for his ability to capture the moment with his prose, but his enjoyable writing skills and political acumen.

 Earlier this morning, La. Politics issued a statement regarding his passing, which, is below: 

John Maginnis Dies at 66

The staff of LaPolitics Weekly and is deeply saddened to report that founder and publisher John Maginnis died earlier this morning at his New Orleans residence.

From his first foray in the business, delivering The State-Times on his bike after school, to his first journalism job for The Catholic Commentator, John devoted his life to reporting the news. Through his three books, "The Last Hayride," "Cross to Bear," and "The Politics of Reform," he became one of the most recognizable names in Bayou State politics.

He had worked Louisiana's political beat since 1972, finding publishing successes first with Gris Gris magazine and later Louisiana Political Review. The latter gave way to The Fax Weekly in 1993, which underwent a name change -- to LaPolitics Weekly -- not long after. In recent years, John expanded the political newsletter and its digital counterpart,, by adding new staff, developing media partnerships and broadening its editorial scope.

His syndicated opinion column appeared in 21 newspapers around the state. He was also a featured speaker for civic groups and organizations across the Gulf Coast. In 2000, John was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU Manship School of Mass Communications.

With his wife, Jackie Drinkwater-Maginnis, John enjoyed spending weekends in his beloved New Orleans after long days of covering state government in Baton Rouge and the election landscape statewide. His fervor for politics, in fact, was overshadowed only by his love for Jackie and the rest of his family.

John touched many lives and will be missed. When complimented on his work, John was fond of saying, "I owe it all to the material." Those who knew him best, however, knew better.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

John Maginnis will be sorely missed.  May he rest in peace.

Governor Jindal calls John Maginnis the Historian of Louisiana Politics



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