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.
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
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