Louisiana State Senator Elbert L. Guillory

UPDATE

I have decided not to post the video depicting the 28-minute Q-&-A session, as I now think it would add little to the substance of Senator Guillory’s prepared remarks as shown in the video below.

ORIGINAL POST

Yesterday afternoon found me at Kings Restaurant in Kinston, NC.  I was there to see and hear Louisiana State Senator Elbert Lee Guillory, the man who’s television campaign ad (video HERE) on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Bill Cassidy was considered one of the more effective ads of the recent campaign season.  Cassidy is now in a run-off election to unseat Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu, the vote is tomorrow, and Cassidy is expected to win and therefore take the 54th Republican Senate seat in the new 144th Congress.  For his part, Senator Guillory joins a growing list of outstanding black conservative politicians like Tim Scott, Mia Love, Willie Talton, Wayne Shannon, Jennifer Carroll, Mike Hill, Allen West, Will Hurd, James White, and Boyd Rutherford, all of whom are serving, recently have served, or soon will serve in elective office at the state or federal level.

Guillory sports an impressive resume.  He is a graduate of J.S. Clark High School in Opelousas, Louisiana, where he still resides.  He received his B.A. from Virginia’s Norfolk State University, and his law degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  He has also attended New York Theological Seminary in New York City, although he did not graduate.  Something of a sportsman, he enjoys mountain climbing and scuba diving.

During the Vietnam War he served in the U.S. Navy, finishing his undergraduate degree before being honorably discharged.  He was then accepted into and graduated from Rutgers University School of Law.  He subsequently served on the faculty of Rutgers Law, and as the Executive Director of the Maryland Commission on Human Rights.  He has been a practicing attorney, General Counsel for Global Construction Co., and the Supervising Attorney for the Arcadiana Legal Service Project.  He was elected to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame for his work in law and government.

Senator Guillory, now seventy years of age, has served in both the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Senate, and was twice named Legislator of the year during his first six years of service.  Although Guillory has two years remaining on his term in the Louisiana Senate, he has already announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in the State’s 2016 election.  For much more on the Senator’s accomplishments, visit his website at www.ElbertGuillory.com.

The Senator spoke for over one-half hour in total.  Although I videotaped all 39 minutes, in order to reduce the length of the video for this site I have broken it up into two parts.  The first segment, below, is for the Senator’s prepared remarks, and it runs about 11-minutes.

The second segment, consisting of the period devoted to questions and answers (Q-&-A), runs about 28 minutes and will appear in a separate post sometime in the next few days.

For much more information on Senator Guillory, I recommend his website and his WikiPedia page, HERE.  In addition, THIS is the link to the write-up of the event in the Kinston Free Press.