Kimball named to political hall of fame

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

Catherine “Kitty” Kimball, the first woman to serve as chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, is one of six who will be inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame on February 5 in Winnfield.

Kimball, who represents Iberville Parish and has served on the court since 1992, has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the CASA Association President's Award and Judge of the Year, the Louisiana Political Museum noted in making the announcement.

She will be inducted with James “Jim” Brown, who has served as state senator, secretary of state and insurance commissioner; Lucille May Grace, the six-term Register of State Land Office and the first woman ever elected to statewide office in Louisiana; J. Kelly Nix, former state superintendent of education; Ralph Perlman, special assistant for finance under governors Roemer, Edwards and Foster, and Charlie Smith, described as a “statesman lobbyist.”

The museum will hold a reception for the friends and families of the honorees and the media from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 5. Tickets for the induction banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m., are available at $50 each by calling (318) 628-5928 before Thursday, January 28.