Elizabeth Pickett (judge)

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Elizabeth Ann Pickett
Judge of the Louisiana 11th Judicial District Court
In office
Preceded byJohn S. Pickett, Jr.
Succeeded byCharles B. Adams
Judge of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, First District, Division A
Assumed office
April 1997
Preceded byJeannette Knoll
Personal details
Born (1959-11-16) November 16, 1959 (age 63)
Many, Sabine Parish
Louisiana, USA
Political partyDemocratic
ParentsJudge John Samuel Pickett, Jr.
Joanne Hopkins Pickett
Alma materTulane University Law School

Elizabeth Ann Pickett (born November 16, 1959)[1] is a judge who has been on the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, based in Lake Charles, since the spring of 1997. Her current term expires in 2022.

Background and career[edit]

Pickett is from the town of Many in Sabine Parish in western Louisiana, one of five children born to Judge John S. Pickett, Jr., and the former Joanne Hopkins of Many. In 1984, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans.[2]

From 1990 to 1997, Pickett was a judge of the Sabine Parish-based Louisiana 11th Judicial District Court. She succeeded her father, John S. Pickett, Jr., in the position upon his retirement. Pickett, Jr., had also served from 1960 to 1968 on the Sabine Parish School Board[3] and from 1968 to 1972 in the Louisiana House of Representatives.[4] Her grandfather, John Samuel Pickett, Sr., a native of Miller County, Arkansas, also sat on the 11th District Court before his granddaughter was born.[2]

In a special election for the Division A seat on the state circuit court of appeal held on April 5, 1997, Pickett defeated two male candidates from both parties. The vacancy in the eight-parish seat opened when Jeannette Knoll, a Democrat from Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, was elected in 1996 to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Pickett received 15,322 votes (43.7 percent); Democrat Ned Randolph, then the mayor of Alexandria and a former member of both houses of the state legislature, trailed with 9,974 votes (28.5 percent), and a Republican, John Gutierrez McLure (born April 1946) of Woodworth in south Rapides Parish, received 9,738 (28.8 percent).[5] Randolph declined to pursue a runoff election against Pickett, who was subsequently unopposed for two ten-year terms in 2002 and 2012.

Seven months later, in another special election held on November 15, 1997, Pickett's brother, John W. "Billy" Pickett (born February 1954), also a Democrat, sought to succeed his sister on the 11th Judicial District Court. He was narrowly defeated by Charles B. Adams, a Republican who polled 4,359 votes (52 percent) to Pickett's 4,010 ballots (48 percent).[6]

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  1. "Elizabeth Pickett, November 1959". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved October 30, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Honorable John S. Pickett, Sr., Honorable John S. Pickett, Jr., and Honorable Elizabeth A. Pickett, acknowledging three generation of service by the Pickett family". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  3. "John S. Pickett, Jr". warrenmeadows.com. February 6, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  4. "Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2012" (PDF). legis.la.gov. Retrieved January 11, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. "Official Election Results: 4/5/1997". staticresult.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  6. "Official Election Results: 11/15/1997". staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
Preceded by
John S. Pickett, Jr.
Judge of the Louisiana 11th Judicial District Court, based in Sabine Parish

Elizabeth Ann Pickett

Succeeded by
Charles B. Adams
Preceded by
Jeannette Knoll
Judge of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, First District, Division A

Elizabeth Ann Pickett

Succeeded by

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