Guidry was elected to the high court on November 4, 2008 with 160,893 votes (60 percent); his opponent, fellow Republican Judge Jimmy Kuhn received 108,541 votes (40 percent).  Guidry was formerly a judge on the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, to which he was elected in August 2006. Earlier, Guidry served for six years as a judge of the Louisiana 24th Judicial District Court for Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana.
Guidry is a 1985 graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge, at which he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and selected for The Louisiana Law Review. In 2010, he earned a master's degree in Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College. He was also awarded a Rotary International Foundation Scholarship for International Understanding. During the scholarship year, Guidry studied classical civilizations and Roman law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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