LEADERSHIP BRINGING NEW RESULTS TO OUR COMMUNITY
Elbert Lee Guillory recently completed a decade long stint in the Louisiana Legislature, where as State Senator he worked closely with the Jindal administration to create landmark school choice legislation for underprivileged students in Louisiana, and passed one of the first in the Nation criminal justice reform bills which earned him admission to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame. He was chosen Legislator of the Year twice. Originally elected as a Democrat, Guillory made national news by switching to the Republican Party in June of 2013. In a viral video statement titled "Why I Became a Republican," Guillory famously articulated why he chose to "escape the Government Plantation and the Party of Disappointment" and join the party of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
In 2014, Elbert Guillory would play a critical role in the defeat of Senator Mary Landrieu in his home state. Guillory filmed a speech standing in the poorest neighborhood street in Opelousas - "Academy Street" - demanding that Senator Landrieu explain why, after 18 years in the Senate, nothing had changed. The message resonated.
Guillory has made numerous TV & radio appearances with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones, Greta Van Sustern and Neil Cavuto. He has been featured in National Review Online, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal, to name just a few.
Elbert Lee Guillory was raised in Opelousas, a small Louisiana farm community, where he still resides today. His small law office sits on the same land where his ancestors toiled away as slaves. Elbert’s first arrest was for reading books at a "Whites Only" library. Experiences like these drove a young Elbert to join the Navy. In his own words, "wearing that uniform, no one could tell me what water fountain to drink from or where to sit on the bus". After serving honorably in the Navy and completing undergraduate studies at Norfolk University in Virginia, his passion for equality and change led him to the blossoming civil rights law program at Rutgers Law School. He shined as a student there and spent the subsequent year, after receiving his Juris Doctorate, teaching at Rutgers Law.
Guillory went on to work in the Nixon Administration teaching agencies how to enforce modern civil rights laws. His next job took him to Annapolis to serve under Gov. Marvin Mandel, managing the Maryland Commission on Human Rights.
He advised or managed civil rights divisions and Departments, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Seattle before returning to his native Louisiana to practice law and politics.
Elbert remains a loud voice for free markets, strong families, independence from government programs, gun ownership, and school choice. Telling the real truth about politics remains the driving message behind Elbert's life.