BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A lifelong East Baton Rouge resident was sworn in as the 15th Chief Judge of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The Honorable Judge John Guidry will serve as the first Black chief judge in the First Circuit Court of Appeal’s more than 100-year history. The First Circuit is one of five Louisiana appellate courts and is in East Baton Rouge Parish. It serves 16 parishes in Louisiana.

Guidry received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University and graduated with cum laude honors from Southern University Law Center.

Guidry served in the Louisiana Legislature as a representative for District 67 and a senator for District 14. A few years later, Guidry was elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal.

He’s a member of the American Judges Association, the Louisiana Conference Court of Appeal Judges, and the Louisiana Judicial Council of the National Bar Association and serves in professional leadership roles for the state.

Guidry also has served as commissioner of the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and the Greater Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission and as an adjunct professor at Southern University.