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Elbert Guillory
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Louisiana State Senate, District 24
In office
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 6
Base salary$16,800/year
Per diem$6,000/year for expenses; $149/day per diem
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 19, 2011
First electedMay 2, 2009
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Louisiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sVirginia State University
J.D.Rutgers University
Office website
Personal website
Elbert L. Guillory is a Republican member of the Louisiana State Senate, representing District 24. He was first elected to the chamber in a special election on May 2, 2009.

Guillory served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2004 to 2009. In May 2013, Guillory switched from the Democratic party, becoming the first African-American to join the Republican delegation.[1][2]


Guillory earned his B.S. from Virginia State University and his J.D. from Rutgers University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Guillory served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Guillory served on the following committees:


In the 2008-2009 legislative session, Guillory served on the following committees:



See also: United States Senate elections in Louisiana, 2014

Guillory was mentioned as a possible Republican candidate in the United States Senate race in 2014. He eventually decided to back Bill Cassidy (R) to challenge incumbent Mary Landrieu (D).[3]


See also: Louisiana State Senate elections, 2011

Guillory won re-election to the District 24 state Senate seat in 2011. He faced Opelousas Mayor Don Cravins (D) and Kelly Scott (D) in the primary election on October 22, 2011. Guillory and Cravins advanced past the primary to the November 19, 2011 general election.[4][5] Guillory defeated Cravins.[6]

Louisiana State Senate District 24 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElbert Guillory Incumbent 55.7% 13,183
     Democratic Don Cravins 44.3% 10,504
Total Votes 23,687

Louisiana State Senate District 24 Blanket Primary, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDon Cravins 40.7% 11,210
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElbert Guillory Incumbent 46.4% 12,768
     Democratic Kelly Scott 12.9% 3,550
Total Votes 27,528

Races to watch

On September 12, 2011, Bayou Buzz issued a report on the top five Louisiana Senate races to watch. The race between Guillory, Cravins and Scott was ranked as number 5. The report stated that Guillory advocated for a redistricting plan pushed by the Louisiana Family Forum, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, that would have packed black voters into districts, reducing the number of majority-minority seats. This could have potentially backfired, especially since Cravins had been popular while serving as Mayor of Opelousas.[7]


Guillory was elected to Louisiana State Senate District 24 in a special election held May 2, 2009.[8]

Louisiana State Senate District 24
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elbert Guillory (D) 7,906
Pat Cravins (D) 4,746

Campaign donors


In 2011, Guillory received $282,312 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

Louisiana State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Elbert Guillory's campaign in 2011
Guillory, Elbert Lee$36,020
Bobby Jindal Campaign Cmte$5,000
Washington State Bank$5,000
Morrow Morrow Ryan & Bassett$5,000
Gulf States Life Insurance Co$4,500
Total Raised in 2011 $282,312
Total Votes received in 2011 13,183
Cost of each vote received $21.41

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