Louisiana Supreme Court taps Judge Susan Chehardy to fill temporary vacancy

The Louisiana Supreme Court has tapped 5th Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Susan Chehardy to temporarily fill the vacant seat on the high court left by former Justice Greg Guidry’s departure.

Chehardy will serve as a justice pro tempore until a permanent successor for Guidry’s District 1 seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court is elected and sworn into office. Her appointment, announced by the court on Friday, is effective immediately.

A special election is scheduled for Oct. 12. The district, which leans heavily Republican, covers parts of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. Helena and Washington parishes.

Guidry left his seat on the Supreme Court in late June after the U.S. Senate confirmed him to a lifetime federal appointment on the New Orleans-based U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

President Donald Trump nominated Guidry for the judgeship just months after voters re-elected him to a second 10-year term on the state’s highest court.

Chehardy, the current chief judge of the state’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, based in Gretna, has spent more than 27 years on the bench in Louisiana. She was first elected to the 5th Circuit in 1998, becoming the first woman on that court.

Before that, Chehardy had served for six years as a judge in the state’s 24th Judicial District, which covers her native Jefferson Parish.

Chehardy comes from a noted Jefferson Parish political family. Her father and brother — Lawrence A. and Lawrence E. Chehardy, respectively — each served multiple terms as assessor of Jefferson Parish.

Taken together, the two held the office from 1965 until 2010. Both gained prominence as proponents of low property taxes and defenders of the state’s homestead exemption.

Lawrence A. Chehardy, who died in 1999, also served as a judge on the state’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal. Lawrence E. Chehardy is the current chairman of the Louisiana Tax Commission, which oversees the state’s elected assessors.

Original article by: Bryn Stole | nola.com

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