Mike Danahay

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Michael Edward "Mike" Danahay

Mayor of Sulphur, Louisiana
Assumed office 
May 15, 2018
Preceded by Christopher "Chris" Duncan

State Representative for District 33 (Calcasieu Parish)
In office
January 2008 – May 15, 2018
Preceded by Ronnie Johns
Succeeded by Stuart Moss

Born December 30, 1957
Place of birth missing

Resident of Sulphur, Louisiana

Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Daphne Fish Danahay
Children Katherine Ann Danahay

Mary Claire Danahay

Alma mater Sulpur High School

McNeese State University

Occupation Businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Michael Edward Danahay, known as Mike Danahay (born December 30, 1957),[1] is the Democratic mayor of Sulphur in Calcasieu Parish, near Lake Charles in the southwestern portion of Louisiana. From 2008 to 2018, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 33. [2]He was ineligible to seek a fourth term as representative in the nonpartisan blanket primary scheduled for October 2019. So he hence ran in 2018 for the mayoral position in Sulphur.


Danahay graduated in 1975 from Sulphur High School and thereafter obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles. He has been a salesman for Lake Charles Office Supply.[2] He formerly resided in the capital city of Baton Rouge and in Vinton in western Calcasieu Parish.[3]

Political career

Danahay won without opposition the District 33 House seat vacated by the Democrat (and later Republican) Ronnie Johns, who was thereafter elected without opposition in 2011 to the Louisiana State Senate.[4]Danahay won his second term again without opposition in the primary election held on October 22, 2011.[5]

Representative Danahay has been a member of the Louisiana Rural Caucus, the Acadiana delegation, and the Democratic Caucus. He serves on these committees: (1) Governmental Affairs (Vice chairman), (2) Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs, (3) Ways and Means, (4) Executive, and (5) Joint Capital Outlay.[2] His legislative ratings have ranged from 67 to 88 percent from the conservative Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In 2012, he was rated 83 percent by the National Federation of Independent Business. In 2013 and 2014, the conservative Louisiana Family Forum scored him 89 and 80 percent, respectively. Since 2008, he has been rated every year as 100 percent by Louisiana Right to Life.[6]

In 2014, Danahay co-sponsored the requirement that abortion providers have hospital admitting privileges near their clinics, a measure which the House approved, 88-5. He voted to extend the time for implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. He voted to prohibit the transportation of dogs in the bed of a pick-up truck on interstate highways. In 2013, Danahay voted to reduce penalties for possession of marijuana. He supported lifetime concealed carry gun permits and the taking of weapons into restaurants. He opposed making information about permit holders a matter of public record. In 2012, he voted to prohibit the use of telephones while driving. He voted to reduce the number of hours that polling locations remain open. Louisiana has traditionally had 14-hour polling days. In 2011, he supported the requirement for drug testing of welfare recipients.[7]

Danahay left the House when sworn into the mayor's position on May 15, 2018.[8] Danahay unseated the incumbent Republican mayor, Christopher Lee "Chris" Duncan (born July 20, 1961), 2,310 (58 percent) to 1,657 (42 percent), in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on March 24, 2018.[9]

Three candidates sought to succeed Danahay in House District 33: businessman Les Farnum, a Democratic three-term member of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury who switched parties in 2019; Republican Stuart Moss, a former member of the Sulphur City Council, and Teri Johnson, the Democratic president of the Calcasieu Federation of Teachers.[10] Moss won the election with 6,795 votes (54 percent); Farnum received 4,883 (39 percent), and Johnson polled 912 (7 percent).[11]


  1. Michael Danahay. Mylife.com. Retrieved on June 10, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mike Danahay. house.louisiana.gov. Retrieved on April 20, 2015.
  3. Michael Edward Danahay. intelius.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2015.
  4. Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State (October 20, 2007). Retrieved on April 20, 2015.
  5. Election Results. Louisiana Secretary of State (October 22, 2011). Retrieved on April 20, 2015.
  6. Michael Danahay's Ratings and Endorsementsts. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on April 20, 2015.
  7. Michael Danahay's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on April 20, 2015.
  8. Perris Jones (May 15, 2018). Mike Danahay sworn in as mayor of Sulphur. KPLC-TV. Retrieved on June 10, 2018.
  9. Louisiana Secretary of State (March 24, 2018). Live election results. Retrieved on June 10, 2018.
  10. Theresa Schmidt (October 22, 2018). Three running for State Rep. 33 in west Calcasieu. KPLC-TV. Retrieved on October 26, 2018.
  11. Election Returns. Louisiana Secretary of State (November 6, 2018). Retrieved on November 10, 2018.