Bruce M. Bolin

Bruce Martin Bolin
Louisiana State Representative for
District 10 (Webster Parish)
In office
Preceded byR. Harmon Drew, Sr.
Succeeded byEugene Eason
Division E Judge, 26th Judicial District Court of Louisiana
In office
January 1, 1991 - January 31, 2012
Preceded byNew judgeship
Succeeded by

Joe Bleich (interim)

Mike Nerren (permanent)
Personal details
Born (1950-09-28) September 28, 1950 (age 66)
Springhill, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Third wife: Michelle D. Bolin (born May 5, 1962)

Brooke Courtney Pierce
Page Gammon Bolin

Hope Bolin

James E. Bolin

Mary Eloise Martin Bolin
Alma mater

Minden High School
Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Law Center

(1) Bolin and his father, James E. Bolin, each held the positions of Louisiana state representative and judge of the 26th Judicial Court - thirty-eight years apart.

(2) Though Bolin's House seat switched to Republican after his resignation to become judge, the Democrats promptly regained the position in the general election of November 16, 1991, and have held it since that time.


Bruce Martin Bolin (given birth to Sept 28, 1950) is a retired judge from the 26th Judicial Region of Louisiana and a ex – person in the Louisiana Home of Staff. Bolin held courtroom from 1991 to 2012 in the Department E judgeship located in Benton and Minden, the chairs of federal government of Bossier and Webster parishes, respectively.


Bolin was created to Judge Wayne E. Bolin, Sr., as well as the previous Mary Eloise Martin (1913–2007). He was created in Springhill, where his parents had been after that residing. He graduated in 1968 from Minden SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He was a golf ball supervisor and golfer in senior high school. Bolin procured his undergraduate level from Louisiana Condition College or university and his legal qualifications from Louisiana Condition University Law Middle, both in Baton Rouge. Early in his profession, Bolin practiced regulation and served within the indigent defender panel in Minden.

Political career

On November 7, 1978, Bolin ran in the particular election for the Region 10 chair in the Louisiana Home vacated by R. Harmon Drew, Sr. A previous Minden town judge, Drew was once again elected compared to that post in the non-partisan blanket primary kept on Sept 16 and got as a result resigned his Home chair. Bolin led the balloting over three competitors, including Achillea Gust "Ike" Kirkikis (1926–2004), a Greek-American businessman from Minden who also offered for four conditions for the Webster Parish Law enforcement Jury, the parish regulating council, was a previous president from the Minden Beautification Council, and possessed until 1981 Overall economy Butane and Propane Business. Also in the competition had been outgoing Minden Mayor J.E. "Pat" Patterson and forester William H. "Costs" Zachry, Jr. (delivered June 10, 1943), one of the most politically conventional from the four applicants. Zachry's wife, the previous Linda Kay Talton (1943-1991), was a girl of Minden businessman George Cole Talton (1917-1965), who owns the former Town Limit Grocery store on Pine Road. Bolin led the field, with 5,580 votes (47.2 percent) to Kirkikis's 2,789 (23.6 percent), Patterson's 2,687 (22.7 percent), and Zachry's 773 (6.5 percent). Patterson's boy, Ricky Patterson (1951–1978), was shot to loss of life on November 6, election-eve.In the runoff held on December 16, Bolin prevailed, 2,698 (59.5 percent) to Kirkikis' 1,833 (40.5 percent). He therefore took workplace on January 1, 1979, for the fifteen a few months staying in Drew's unexpired term.Bolin's dad had held the same Home chair from 1940 to 1944. Bolin offered as representative for pretty much twelve years; he was unopposed for his last term in 1987. He resigned past due in 1990, when he was elected towards the state region judgeship. The mature Bolin had kept that post as well — from 1952 to 1960.Bolin was elected to whole conditions in 1979, 1983, and in 1987. In the 1983 advertising campaign, U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, Jr., U.S. Reps Jerry Huckaby and Pal Roemer, after that Louisiana House Loudspeaker John Hainkel, and state Consultant Robert Adley headlined a testimonial supper and fundraiser for Bolin kept on the Minden Civic Middle and went to by someone thousand followers though he previously no opposition. He went unopposed aswell in 1987, when he earned his third complete term which he didn't complete.Inside your home, Bolin voted 55 percent from 1979 to 1984 using the trade association referred to as the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. In 1984 by itself, LABI positioned him 32 percent advantageous. He voted against initiatives by arranged labor to repeal the condition right to function law.In the planting season of 1984, Bolin was among twenty-eight representatives who voted against a 1 percentage stage upsurge in the state product sales tax, that was nevertheless pressed to passage at that time Governor Edwin Edwards. Bolin stated that while he respected Edwards' gubernatorial command and capability to obtain legislation enacted, "I simply thought it had been an improper time for you to drop this extra load for the taxpayers."In 1984, Bolin was appointed by Home Speaker John Alario to chair the Committee for the Administration of Lawbreaker Justice. Ahead of that time, he previously chaired the home Judiciary Committee.In 1988, Consultant Bolin applauded Governor Pal Roemer's early reform efforts: "the state can not be everything to everybody, and the brand new budget reflects that." Bolin also properly forecasted that Roemer would with time operate for leader, but that didn't happen for another twenty-four years. Bolin stated that Roemer "requirements no politics baggage" which Louisiana "should be seen as a intensifying condition" for Romer to perform the purpose of becoming president.In September 1984, Bolin ran for any office of Bossier-Webster Parish District Attorney, but he shed by 122 votes towards the incumbent and fellow Democrat Henry Newton Brown, Jr., of Bossier Town. The tally was 16,447 for Dark brown to 16,326 for Bolin. Bolin transported forty-one from the forty-eight precincts in Webster Parish but just two in Bossier Parish. For the reason that advertising campaign, Bolin accused Dark brown of having lowered 230 fees against suspects, including some who had been accused of murder, rape, narcotics violations, and generating while intoxicated. Afterwards during the 10 years CBS's 60 Mins ran a tale on Dark brown stressing the region attorney's intense prosecution of murder suspects.Bolin was elected judge from the 26th Judicial Region courtroom in 1990, when his runoff opposition, Randy Rowe of Bossier Town, withdrew through the contest. However, there is a hold off in qualification of Bolin as the champion from the election due to a problem waged by advocates of single-member districts for judges, a practice that your USA Supreme Court provides ruled is not needed beneath the Voting Rights Work of 1965.After Bolin became a judge, his state Home seat briefly reverted to a Republican, Eugene Eason of Springhill in northern Webster Parish, who filled the rest of the months of Bolin's term. Eason was in fact the initial Republican ever to get the Webster Parish chair in the condition Home. Eason was quickly retired in the overall election kept on November 16, 1991 by another Democrat, educator Everett Doerge of Minden.Being a long-serving region judge, Bolin sometimes acted being a judge pro tempore by particular appointment from the Louisiana Supreme Courtroom.In the 2012 election to select a successor to guage Bolin, three Republicans, Whitley Robert "Whit" Graves, Mike Nerren, and John B. Slattery, Jr., the town judge in Springhill, submitted for the post, but no Democrat moved into your competition. In prior years, no Republicans may likely possess submitted for the judgeship. Party fortunes begun to invert themselves in Louisiana early in the 21st hundred years. Nerren and Graves led the principal field. Graves after that dropped to Nerren in the next circular of balloting on Dec 8, 6,412 (46.5 percent) to 7,390 (53.5 percent).Though he still left the judgeship, Bolin is listed on the 26th Judicial District website as the "hearing officer". v t e Webster Parish, Louisiana, Reps John Sidney Killen (1871 holdover from Claiborne Parish) Frederick North (1872–1873) Clarence Pratt (1873–1874) W. W. Carloss (1874–1878) J. J. Carter (1878–1880) Irvin Talton (1880–1884) G. L. P. Wren (1884–1892) Nicholas J. Sandlin (1892–1893) J. T. Hill (1894–1896) McIntyre H. Sandlin (1896–1900) W. W. Hicks (1900–1904) E. L. Stewart (1904–1908) Robert Roberts, Jr. (1908–1914) W. Burch Lee (1914–1916) Adam Peter Kent (1916–1920) J. Frank Colbert (1920–1925) Jeremiah S. Bacon (1926–1932) Eddie N. Payne (1932–1936) Drayton R. Boucher (1936–1940) Adam E. Bolin (1940–1944) C.W. Thompson (1944–1951) Lizzie P. Thompson (1951–1952) E. D. 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