Jeffrey P. Victory
Jeffrey Paul Victory (born January 29, 1946) is a Republican member of the Louisiana Supreme Court, having represented since January 1, 1995, the District 2 seat based in eleven parishes about his native Shreveport, Louisiana.
Victory was born to Thomas Edward Victory and the former Esther Horton. In 1963, he graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in Shreveport as a member of the National Honor Society. He entered Methodist-affiliated Centenary College in Shreveport on an athletic scholarship and graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and government. While in college, Victory worked at the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant west of Minden and as a roughneck in petroleum production.
In 1967, he entered the Roman Catholic Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans on a regional scholarship. He served on the Tulane Law Review. While at Tulane, he enlisted in the Special Airborne Forces of the Louisiana National Guard. After graduation from Tulane in 1971, he practiced in the Shreveport firm of Tucker Jeter and Jackson.
In 1981, Justice Victory, then a Democrat, was elected to the First Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish, which includes Shreveport. In 1990, he was elected to the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, encompassing Caddo, Red River, and De Soto parishes. His term began on January 1, 1991. In the election held on October 6, 1990, he defeated fellow Democrat James E. Clark of Shreveport, 43,516 (55 percent) to 35,599 (45 percent).
On October 1, 1994, Victory contested the Supreme Court seat against fellow Democrats Henry Newton Brown, Jr., of Bossier City and Charles Scott of Shreveport. Brown led in the primary with 43,811 votes (37.5 percent), and Victory trailed with 36,522 votes (31.27 percent). Scott finished third with 36,480 votes (31.23 percent), only 42 votes behind Victory.
In the runoff held in conjunction with the general election of November 8, 1994, Victory prevailed over Brown, a former district attorney for Bossier and Webster parishes, 69,864 (53 percent) to 62,048 (47 percent). Supreme Court terms in Louisiana extend for ten years. A native of Bienville Parish, Brown is now the Chief Judge of the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He ran unopposed for the position in 2010 and his current term extends until December 31, 2020.
On January 8, 2009, Justice Victory swore into office the new Caddo Parish district attorney, the same Charles R. Scott, the Democrat who had lost to Victory for the runoff spot for the high court by forty-two votes fourteen years earlier.
In 2004, Victory ran for the first time as a Republican and defeated in the nonpartisan blanket primary the Democrat Stephen Beasley, 74,320 (60.9 percent) to 47,799 (39.1 percent). Victory led in five of the eleven parishes in the district encompassing northwestern Louisiana.
Victory is a charter member of the Louisiana Sentencing Commission and has been a director of the Louisiana Judicial College. He is a member of the National Lawyers Association and the American, Louisiana state, and Shreveport bar associations.
Victory's current term expires on January 1, 2015.
Victory is a member of the committee which has been organizing a new law school being built in downtown Shreveport through the auspices of Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville in central Louisiana.
Justice Victory and his wife, Dr. Nancy Clark Victory, have four children, William Peter Victory, Christopher Thomas Victory, Paul Bradford Victory, and Mary Kathryn Victory. The Victory family attends Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, where he has been the director of the high school seniors class. He often speaks before Baptist groups even in neighboring states.
Consideration for chief justice
Meanwhile, Victory sought unsuccessfully to succeed Catherine D. Kimball of Ventress in Pointe Coupee Parish as the chief justice of the court. Kimball retired on February 1, 2013, because of health problems. Victory and another justice, Bernette Joshua Johnson, an African American from New Orleans, claimed the right to succeed Kimball under the Louisiana Constitution, which directs that the longest-serving associate justice becomes the chief justice if a vacancy occurs prior to the next regular election. Johnson's service dates to 1994 when she was elected to a circuit judgeship but was instead appointed to the Supreme Court under a federal consent decree which temporarily increased the number of justices from seven to eight. Victory maintained that he is the legitimate successor because he was elected to the Supreme Court in 1994 while he was already a circuit court judge for nearly four years. The state Supreme Court declared Johnson the judge with the greatest seniority, and she succeeded Kimball.
Victory will retire from the Louisiana Supreme Court in December 2014. Republican District Judge Scott Crichton of Shreveport is seeking to succeed Victory in the 2014 election. A former Democrat born in 1954, Crichton was an assistant district attorney in Caddo Parish from 1981 to 1990.
- Louisiana Supreme Court: Associate Justice Jeffrey P. Victory. lasc.org. Retrieved on June 24, 2012.
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