John M. Robinson

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John Marion Robinson

Judge of the Louisiana
26th Judicial District for
Bossier and Webster parishes
In office
December 31, 1999 – December 31, 2014
Preceded by Harmon Drew, Jr.
Succeeded by Charles Jacobs

City Judge of Springhill, Louisiana​
In office
1986​ – 1999​
Preceded by Nathaniel Julius McConnell, Sr.​
Succeeded by John B. Slattery, Jr.​

Born April 15, 1949
Place of birth missing

Resident of Bossier City

Died {June 10, 2014 (aged 87)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Political party Democrat-turned-Independent
Spouse(s) (1) Cynthia W. "Cindy" Robinson (deceased)

(2) Beth Conrad Langston Robinson
Two sons from first marriage:
Eric and Kyle Robinson

Alma mater Louisiana State University

LSU Law Center

Occupation Attorney

United States Army

Religion United Methodist

John Marion Robinson (born April 15, 1949) is a former Division D judge of the 26th Judicial District Court of Bossier and Webster parishes in northwestern Louisiana. He resides in Bossier City.​


Robinson graduated from Louisiana State University and the LSU Law Center, both in Baton Rouge. From 1986 until 1999, he was the city judge in Springhill in northern Webster Parish. He formerly served as the president of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. From 1969 to 1975, Robinson was a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, in which he achieved the rank of Specialist 5th Class.[1]

Judicial career

Robinson won a special election to the 26th district court on October 23, 1999, to fill the seat vacated by Harmon Drew, Jr., who was instead elected in 1998 to a ten-year term on the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, based in Shreveport. Then a Democrat, Robinson handily defeated the Republican Whitley Robert "Whit" Graves (born October 1954) of Bossier City, 17,749 (60.8 percent) to 11,442 (39.2 percent).[2] Robinson since switched his registration to Independent.

Robinson was elected district judge three months after the death of his wife Cynthia W. "Cindy" Robinson, who succumbed at the age of forty-eight of a brain tumor. Like her husband, she was an LSU graduate and had been a teacher and a businesswoman. The couple had two sons, Eric and Kyle Robinson.[3] Judge Robinson subsequently married the former Beth Conrad Langston (born October 1962), a Bossier City attorney.[4]

Robinson's judgeship came up for election for another six-year term in 2014. Whit Graves, who lost to Robinson in 1999 and to Mike Nerren in 2012, was expected to run again but instead announced that he would seek to unseat DA Schuyler Marvin of Minden, a race which he subsequently lost. In addition to Nerren, Robinson's court colleagues included Ford E. Stinson, Jr., a Democrat who also retired in 2014, as well as Parker Self, the current chief judge of the court, Michael Craig, and Jeff Cox,[1] who in 2017 joined the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit.​

Attorney Charles Jacobs, a Republican from Springhill, who once worked in Robinson's law office, ran unopposed in the election to succeed Robinson in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 4, 2014.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Judge John M. Robinson, 26th Judicial District Court, April 26, 2014; no longer on line.
  2. Results for Election Date: 10/23/1999. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on April 26, 2014.
  3. Cynthia W. "Cindy" Robinson. Retrieved on April 26, 2014.
  4. Beth C. Robinson. Retrieved on April 26, 2014.
  5. Vickie Welborn. Final day of qualifying in DeSoto, Webster. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.