February 13, 2019

VIDEO: Cassidy Introduces Eastern District Judge Nominee at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), introduced U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans) nominee Greg Guidry at today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Cassidy previously introduced Louisiana judicial nominees, James D. Cain, Jr.Kurt EngelhardtBarry AsheTerry DoughtyMichael JuneauKyle DuncanWendy Vitter, and Robert Summerhays at their respective hearings.

A full transcript of Dr. Cassidy’s remarks are transcribed below.

Mr. Chairman, 

Here to give strong support to Greg Guidry, who is currently a Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, and who has been nominated to serve as United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Justice Guidry will serve our country well as he moves to the federal bench. 

Justice Guidry is with his wife of 25 years, they’re back there, and so, and his daughter Ellie Cathy, a second-year law student at Loyola Law school in New Orleans; and Patrick, a 19-year-old student at LSU who is also a certified firefighter. Justice Guidry was born in the New Orleans area, he attended LSU for undergraduate, and then received his juris doctorate from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Justice Guidry also earned a Master’s degree in judicial studies from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada. After law school, Justice Guidry joined the prestigious law firm of Liskow & Lewis. Then served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Louisiana Department of Justice.  After that for 10 years, served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Then began his career on the bench as a District Court Judge in Jefferson Parish’s 24thJudicial District. Then on the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. And for the last decade as an Associate Justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court. During this time, he has presided over 6,500 cases. 

During his time at every level in the Louisiana state court system, Justice Guidry has demonstrated he knows what it takes to be a good judge. He’s fair and honest with everyone who enters his courtroom. In criminal cases, striking a proper balance of firmness and fairness. Never tough for the sake of being tough; but giving sentences that fit the crime.

Mr. Chairman, as you know, judges in Louisiana are not chosen by the state general assembly as they are in South Carolina. In Louisiana we decide at the ballot box who we wish to represent us and Justice Guidry’s judicial temperament has served the people of Louisiana well. His record of excellent service is why he keeps getting elected. 

He is the kind of fair-minded, experienced person we need serving in the judiciary having served our state very well for the last 30 years – the last 20 on the bench. 

I recommend Justice Guidry for this position without hesitation. I urge that he receive a swift confirmation by this committee and the full Senate.

Thank you, sir.