Elbert Lee Guillory is a departing member of the Louisiana State Senate. An African-American Republican, he represents District 24, including his native Opelousas, Louisiana, and several rural precincts, until January 2016.
Previously represented by the Democrat Don Cravins, Jr., Guillory’s district encompasses most of Saint Landry Parish and a northern part of adjacent Lafayette Parish. Guillory previously served as state representative for District 40, having succeeded Democrat Don Cravins, Jr.
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. More