Mike Nerren

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Michael Joe "Mike" Nerren​

Division E Judge of the Louisiana 26th Judicial District Court for Bosser and Webster parishes​
Assumed office 
December 2012​
Preceded by Bruce Bolin​​

Born May 28, 1963​
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Suzanne Ondine Hutto Nerren​
Children Chance, Laurel, and Coleman Nerren ​
Alma mater Haughton High School

Louisiana State University in Shreveport
Louisiana State University Law Center​

Occupation Attorney

Michael Joe Nerren, known as Mike Nerren (born May 28, 1963), is the Division E judge of the 26th Judicial District Court based in Bossier and Webster parishes in northwestern Louisiana.​


Nerren is the son of Fenely Smith, a former district chief for the fire department in Bossier City, and Connee Smith, a retired employee of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Department. He graduated in 1981 from Haughton High School in Haughton in south Bossier Parish.[1] Nerren received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and his Juris Doctorate in 1994, at the age of thirty-one, from the Louisiana State University Law Center in Baton Rouge. He is a former president of the Bossier Bar Association and Bossier Dixie Baseball.[2]

In 2007, Nerren became an assistant district attorney under DA Schuyler Marvin of Minden in Webster Parish. In that capacity, he served as the juvenile prosecutor and handled all cases of youthful offenders between the ages of ten and seventeen.[1]

Nerren and his wife, the former Suzanne Ondine Hutto (born October 1968), a language arts teacher at Cope​ Middle School in Bossier City, have three children. They reside in Bossier City.[1]

Legal career

A Republican, Nerren won his judgeship in 2012 to succeed the retiring Bruce Bolin, a Democrat who held the judgeship from its creation in 1991 until his retirement in 2012. Bolin also formerly served in the Louisiana House of Representatives.[3] The court is based in Benton, the Bossier Parish seat of government.

In that election, Nerren was opposed by two other Republicans, Whitley Robert "Whit" Graves (born October 1954) and John Bernard Slattery, Jr. (born July 1955), the city judge in Springhill in northern Webster Parish. No Democrat entered the competition. In previous years, no Republicans would likely have filed for the judgeship, but party fortunes began to reverse themselves in down-ballot races in Louisiana early in the 21st century.[4]

In the 2012 contest, Whit Graves cited his thirty-five years of experience as a state trooper, prosecutor, and private attorney. Nerren, with then eighteen years of legal experience, twelve as a prosecutor, noted that he had prevailed early in his career in a jury trial against Graves.[5]

Nerren and Graves led the primary field on November 6, and Judge Slattery, who finished in third place, was eliminated from contention. Nerren then defeated Graves in the second round of balloting on December 8. The vote was 7,390 (53.5 percent) to 6,412 (46.5 percent).[6]

Judge Nerren was one of several Republicans unopposed in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on November 4, 2014.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Nerren. 26thda.org. Retrieved on April 24, 2014; no longer on-line..
  2. Biography of Mike Nerren, 26th Judicial District Court; material no longer on-line.
  3. "Bolin swaps House seat for judge's robe," Minden Press-Herald, January 2, 1991, p. 1.
  4. Bonnie Culverhouse, "Final candidate roster," Minden Press-Herald, August 20, 2012.
  5. Jeff Ferrell (December 6, 2012). You be the judge: Whit Graves or Mike Nerren in District 26 race. WAFB. Retrieved on June 10, 2017.
  6. Louisiana general election returns, December 8, 2012. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on December 8, 2012.
  7. Vickie Welborn. Final day of qualifying in DeSoto, Webster. The Shreveport Times. Retrieved on August 22, 2014.