Jefferson Davis "Jeff" Hughes III
|Associate Justice (Place 5) of the|
Louisiana Supreme Court
|Assumed office |
February 1, 2013
|Preceded by||Catherine D. Kimball|
|Judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the 1st Circuit, Third District, Division C|
|Preceded by||Brady M. Fitzsimmons|
|Succeeded by||Ernest Drake|
|Judge of the Louisiana 21st Judicial District Court for Division F (Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes)|
January 1, 1991 – December 31, 2004
|Preceded by||Joseph E. "Joe Eddie" Anzalone Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Elizabeth "Beth" Wolfe|
|Born||January 1952 (age 67)|
|Parents||Jefferson Jr. Hughes, Lorraine Elizabeth Schertz Hughes|
|Residence||Walker, Livingston Parish, Louisiana|
|Alma mater||Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (BA, JD)|
Hughes is the son of Jefferson Hughes Jr. (1924–2017), a former executive with the paper company, Crown Zellerbach, and the former Lorraine Elizabeth "Betty" Schertz. The junior Hughes was a native of Hammond in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, and the great-great-grandson of Peter Hammond, founder of that city. Hughes Jr. retired in 1986 from Crown Zellerbach as manager of Environmental Services and Association Affairs. He was then named a consultant for Cavenham and Hanson, and he retired again in 2000 as the manager of Government Affairs for Weyerhaeuser. He had spent his later years in Bogalusa in Washington Parish, owned and managed a tree farm and was active in civic matters.
Hughes was reared in Denham Springs in Livingston Parish. He graduated from Denham Springs High School, at which he participated in four sports and was his class salutatorian and a National Merit Scholarship finalist. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on an academic scholarship and received a Bachelor of Arts in History with honors. At the Louisiana State University Law Center, he worked on The Louisiana Law Review. His wife is Lisa Hughes; his siblings, Barbara Hughes Favre and Paul Schertz Hughes (born December 1955) and his wife, Anne.
After time as a clerk for Judge Frank Polozola of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, he worked in private practice in Baton Rouge with the firm of Adcock, Dupree, and Shows. He then practiced solo and subsequently became the first attorney to practice in Walker in Livingston Parish.
After twelve years of private practice he was elected in 1990 as a Democrat to the 21st Judicial District Court (Division F) on which he served for fourteen years. He succeeded another Democrat, Joseph E. "Joe Eddie" Anzalone Jr. (1935–2010) of Hamond in Tangipahoa Parish. He was last elected to the district court in a runoff election in 2002 with fellow Republican Robert H. Harrison Jr. In that race, Hughes polled 31,042 votes (61.5 percent) to Harrison's 19,436 (38.5 percent).
In 2004, Hughes, with four year remaining in his district court term, was elected to the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit, on which he sat for eight years. In that contest, as a Republican candidate, Hughes unseated the incumbent Republican judge, Brady M. Fitzsimmons, 41,926 votes (51.4 percent) to 39,670 (48.6 percent).
Elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2012, Hughes defeated the Democrat John Michael Guidry, an African-American judge of the First Circuit, Second District, appeal court who formerly served in both the Louisiana House of Representatives and the Louisiana State Senate. In the nonpartisan blanket primary, Guidry led the eight-candidate field with 93,119 votes (27.5 percent); Hughes trailed with 71,911 (21.2 percent). Four other Republicans held 35 percent of the vote; another Democrat, 14.8 percent, and an Independent, less than 1 percent. In the lower-turnout runoff contest on December 8, 2012, Hughes defeated Guidry, 52,939 votes (52.8 percent) to 47,259 (47.2 percent), to claim the ten-year term on the Supreme Court to succeed the retiring Catherine D. Kimball, the chief justice in her last years on the tribunal.
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Joseph E. "Joe Eddie" Anzalone Jr.
| Judge of the Louisiana 21st Judicial District Court Division F
(Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes)
Jefferson Davis "Jeff" Hughes III
Elizabeth "Beth" Wolfe
Brady M. Fitzsimmons
| Judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the
1st Circuit, Third District, Division C
Catherine D. Kimball
| Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court