"Here I went from not being wanted, so to speak, by the then-sitting council to being the people's choice," Satterlee said.

As a retired LSU professor and researcher, Dr. Daniel "Doc" Satterlee is no stranger to public service. He was elected to the Ascension Parish Council in 2011, after serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Satterlee isn't afraid of controversy thanks to his time as commissioner, when the panel did not approve every proposal that was brought to the table. That eventually led to most of the members, including Satterlee, losing their positions at the hands of the parish council. Just three weeks after leaving the commission, Satterlee began his first term on the council.

"Here I went from not being wanted, so to speak, by the then-sitting council to being the people's choice," Satterlee said.

That was echoed in his campaign slogan, "The People's Voice, the People's Choice." Satterlee carried that mindset into his service on the council as a vocal member standing up for his constituents, both in his district and the parish as a whole. He even polls voters through his Facebook page to get an idea of where the people stand on different issues and has been known to go door to door collecting signatures on petitions. Satterlee doesn't allow his personal views on an issue to sway his vote, if it's not what the people he represents want.

Responsible infrastructure is a top priority for Satterlee, who wants to ensure any future flooding isn't worsened by new development. Infrastructure guided growth, as he calls it, is essential to maintaining existing infrastructure by not overburdening the roads, schools, and water systems already in place.

"In addition to it raining a lot for too long is the fact that we've had no infrastructure guided, but irresponsible growth," Satterlee said about last August's flood.

Satterlee has presented studies to the council showing regional growth in the past two decades. While Ascension Parish saw about a 40 percent population boom between 1990 and 2010, the drainage channel region grew more than 87 percent around Bayou Manchac. That's compared to a statewide growth of about 7 percent over the same period.

Satterlee explained that building up roads and homes in a flood plain will force the water back down to the houses that were already there. That means the new construction could cause older homes to flood even if they've never taken on water before, like we saw in the Great Flood of 2016.

Satterlee shares the concerns his constituents have about finding ways to curb future flooding. Because of that, he doesn't always see eye to eye with his fellow council members, many of whom push for more growth. He doesn't seem to mind the tension that comes with not being part of the good ole boys club.

"What do you want me to do? Do you want me to hold hands with you and sing 'Kumbaya My Lord' and hope next week we're not going to have another Great Flood of 2016?" Satterlee said.

Satterlee values the truth more than most, even if it's not always pretty. He said he refuses to pretend the council always does a great job if there's room for improvement.

When he's not being a champion for the people during heated council meetings, Doc likes to spend his free time kayaking with his family at his fishing camp in Slidell. He spoke with a gleam in his eye about his wife Rose Diana, whom he married in 1994.

"I don't even call her my wife. She'll tell you she's my bride. She will always be my bride," Satterlee said.

His daughter Danielle Marie is a doctor at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. Her husband Matthew Rivenburgh is an emergency physician from New York practicing on the North Shore. They have given Satterlee three beautiful grandchildren, Augustine who goes by Gus, Marie Louise, and Josephine. His son Gerard Burke is an HVAC technician who runs his own business. His step-daughter Heather runs a horse apparel consignment store in Kentucky.

Doc also has two dogs, a field champion chocolate lab named Moose and a rescue mix named Mouse. He even got them on the same day because he thought they would need company saying, "it's good to grow up with a friend."

Satterlee earned his bachelor's degree in animal science from LSU, as well as a master's in dairy science. He earned his doctorate in animal physiology from the University of Missouri. In 1977, he returned to LSU as an instructor in poultry science, the same area of his research.

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