Elbert Lee Guillory – (born June 24, 1944) is a former member of the Louisiana State Senate. As a young man, Guillory had aspirations of becoming a physician, but switched to studying law. In 1961, he enrolled in historically black Southern University in Baton Rouge. As the editor of the university paper, The Digest, he wrote an editorial in which he referred to U.S. Senator Allen J. Ellender, a Democrat from Houma, Louisiana, as a “lunatic”, for which Guillory was expelled from Southern.
He subsequently joined the Navy, obtained his Bachelor of Arts at another historically black institution, Norfolk State University in Virginia, and obtained his Juris doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He also attended a Baptist theological seminary in New York to study for the ministry, but was never ordained. From 1985 he practiced law in his native Opelousas.
Guillory served from 2006 to 2009 as a State Representative for District 40 and in 2009 was elected as a Republican Senator representing District 24, including his native Opelousas, and several rural precincts when he won a special election, serving until January 11, 2016, when his full term to which he was re-elected in 2011 ended.
Guillory's Senate district encompassed most of St. Landry Parish and a northern part of adjacent Lafayette Parish. Guillory defeated Patricia “Pat” Arceneaux Cravins (born 1947) of Arnaudville, the mother of Don Cravins, Jr., in the special state Senate runoff election held on May 2, 2009, (62.5 percent) to (37.5 percent).
He is currently running as a candidate for Lt. Governor in Louisiana on a platform of sound money, sound principles, self reliance and faith in our Creator. (2022)