Born and reared in Opelousas, Louisiana

Elbert Guillory was born in Opelousas, Louisiana and graduated from J.S. Clark High School.  He became active in the Civil Rights Movement during the late 1950's then joined the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  He finished college while in the Navy and was accepted into several of the nations top law schools.  He graduated from Rutgers Law School and taught at Rutgers Law.

He worked for the state governments, of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and at age 29, ran his first state agency in Maryland. He was also chosen to run cabinet level agencies for Illinois and Seattle, Washington.

Guillory spent 43 years as a criminal defense lawyer, and served in the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Louisiana Senate.  He was Legislator of the Year twice in his first six years and was elected to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame for his work in law and government. 

Honors Received

Blueprint Top 102012
Southwest chamber Legislator of the Year    2012
Louisiana Family Forum 2011
Patrick Henry Award       2012
Louisiana Right to Life Legislator Team Award 2008-2011
State Police Legislator of the Year2007
Lafayette Chamber's No. 12010, 2011, 2012
Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame2011

Senate Responsibilities:

Education Committee
Health and Welfare Committee
Judiciary C Committee
Public Retirement Systems’
Select Committee on Veterans Affairs
Atchafalaya Basin Oversight Committee
Funding Review Panel

Chairman:

Senate Committee on Retirement
Public Retirement Systems' Actuarial Committee
Re-Entry Advisory Council
Senate Special Committee on Public Safety and Corrections
 
 

   I.   EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

         A.  Professional
               1.  New York Theological Seminary, New York City
               2.  Rutgers Law School, Newark, New Jersey

         B.  Undergraduate
               1.  Norfolk State College, Norfolk, Virginia

        C.  Secondary
               1.  J. S. Clark High School, Opelousas, Louisiana

 II.    WORK EXPERIENCE:
         A.  Practicing Attorney
         B.  Seattle Human Rights Department, Director      
         C.  Maryland Commission on Human Relations, Executive Director
         D.  Rutgers Law School, Clinical Faculty

III.    COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

         PAST
         A.  Chairman, Maryland Association of Human Rights
         B.  Charter Member, Urban Coalition, Norfolk, Virginia
         C.  Member, Board of Directors, Campus Christian Foundation
         D.  Member, Board of Directors, Patterson Protestant Parish
         E.   United Fund Government Relations Committee Member
         F.   Member, Board of Directors, Acadian Legal Service Corporation
         G.  President, Louisiana Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health
         H.  Board member, Lafayette Catholic Services
          I.   Past President, Opelousas-St. Landry Chamber of Commerce
          J.  Past President, St. Landry Parish Bar Association
         K.  Advisory Board, New Life Center (Home for battered wives and single
               Parents).
         L.  Board member, Salvation Army
         M. Volunteer, American Cancer Society       
         N.  Volunteer, Girl Scouts
         O.  Volunteer, Jesus Cares Christmas Program
     
       PRESENT
         A.  Founder, Annual Guillory Family Toy Drive
         B.  Member, Editorial Board, Opelousas DAILY WORLD Newspaper
               (suspended during campaign)
         C.  Member, Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce
         D.  Member, Board of Directors, St. Landry Parish Indigent Defenders Board
         E.  Washington State Bank, Board of Directors
         F.   Member, Rotary
         G.  Columnist, Daily World Newspaper
         H.  Volunteer, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Activities

IV.    RELIGION

        Member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church
         Knights of Peter Claver
         Knights of Columbus
         Order of H. C.
         Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre

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