James Genovese

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James T. "Jimmy" Genovese

Associate Justice of the
Louisiana Supreme Court (Place 3)
Assumed office 
January 1, 2017
Preceded by Jeannette Theriot Knoll

Judge of the Louisiana 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal (Division B)
In office
January 1, 2005 – January 1, 2017
Succeeded by Van Kyzar

Judge for the 27th Judicial
District Court
In office

Born August 24, 1949
Place of birth missing

Resident of Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Political party Democrat-turned-Republican-turned "No Party"
Spouse(s) Martha Genovese

Seven children

Alma mater Academy of the Immaculate Conception

Northwestern State University
Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans

Occupation Judge; Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

James T. Genovese, known as Jimmy Genovese (born August 24, 1949),[1] is one of the seven justices of the Louisiana Supreme Court, which convenes in New Orleans, Louisiana. Running as a Republican from Opelousas in St. Landry Parish in south Louisiana, he was first elected to the court for a ten-year term on November 8, 2016, to succeed the retiring Democrat Jeannette Theriot Knoll of Marksville in Avoyelles Parish south of Alexandria. To win his seat on the high court, Genovese narrowly defeated Marilyn Carr Castle (born January 2, 1953),[2] a 15th Judicial District Court judge from Lafayette, 133,389 (50.9 percent) to 128,598 (49.1 percent).[3]

Genovese studied at the Academy of the Immaculate Conception in Opelousas and in 1971 graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. In 1974, he received his Juris Doctorate from the Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. On November 2, 2004, he was elected as a Democrat to the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Division B, based in Lake Charles, on which he served from January 1, 2005, until his swearing in for the Supreme Court seat on January 1, 2017. In the 2004 contest, he defeated a Republican candidate, Paul deMahy, 82 to 18 percent.[4]

He ran unopposed for another ten-year term on the circuit court in 2014. From 1995 to 2004, he was a Democratic judge for the 27th Judicial District.[3]

On February 15, 2018, the Louisiana Secretary of State listed Genovese as a "No Party" voter. He presumably defected from the Republican Party after his election to the Supreme Court.[5]


  1. James Genovese. Mylife.com (February 15, 2018).
  2. Marilyn Castle. Mylife.com. Retrieved on February 15, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 James Genovese - Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on February 15, 2018.
  4. Election Returns. Louisiana Secretary of State (November 2, 2004). Retrieved on February 15, 2018.
  5. James Genovese 70570 August 1949. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 15, 2018.