CONTACT PERSON: VALERIE WILLARD
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
| MARCH 16, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Justice Chet D. Traylor has announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court of Louisiana, effective
May 31, 2009, after twelve years of service on the court. Elected from the Fourth Supreme Court District, he took office on January 1, 1997.
Justice Traylor received his B.A. degree in government from Northeast Louisiana State University in 1969 and his law degree from Loyola University of Law in 1974. He served as a judge of the Fifth Judicial District Court, including Franklin, Richland and West Carroll Parishes, from 1985 until his election to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
During his tenure on the Supreme Court bench, Justice Traylor was chair of the Louisiana Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee to Prevent Lawyer Misconduct and served as the Supreme Court representative for the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement.
Justice Traylor is a former Louisiana State Trooper, Troop F; an Investigator for the Louisiana Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit and was later the legal advisor to the Louisiana State Police Narcotics, Detectives and Intelligence units. From 1975 to 1982 he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Franklin Parish.
Justice Traylor was a founding member of the Winnsboro Economic Development Foundation and served as a board member of the Winnsboro Lion’s Club and of the Franklin Parish Mental Health Association. He was the first president of Winnsboro Ducks Unlimited and the founder of the John Adams Chapter of Greenwings. He is a life member of the National Rifle Association and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Conservation Fund.
He served in the United States Army as a Military Police Investigator and was honorably discharged after two years of service as a Sergeant E-5.
Justice Traylor is married to the former Peggy McDowell, and is the father of three daughters.
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