former Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillor


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


Senate Committee on Retirement

Public Retirement Systems’ Actuarial Committee

Re-Entry Advisory Council

Senate Special Committee on Public Safety and Corrections