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Jefferson D. Hughes III grew up and attended school in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

At Denham Springs High School he played four sports, was Salutatorian of his class, and a National Merit Scholar Finalist. He attended LSU on an academic scholarship and received a degree in history with honors. He attended LSU Law School and was selected for the Louisiana Law Review.

He served as a law clerk for Judge Frank Polozola and began private practice in Baton Rouge with the firm of Adcock, Dupree, and Shows. He then began a solo practice and was the first attorney to practice law in Walker, Louisiana.

After 12 years of private practice he was elected to the 21st Judicial District court in 1990 where he served for 14 years. In 2004 he was elected to the Court of Appeal, First Circuit, where he served for 8 years. He was elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court in 2012 and began his service on February 1, 2013.

Justice Hughes resides in Walker and attends Shady Bower Church.