Robert W. Kostelka
A Shreveport native, attended Centenary College then received his law degree from the LSU Law School (Baton Rouge), also receiving training from Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago). Kostelka served as 4th Judicial District judge from 1983 to 1998 and 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal judge from 1998 to 2003. Though nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 for the federal judgeship held by retiring Judge Tom Stagg, the nomination died with the election of President Bill Clinton. Kostelka in 2003 was elected to the Louisiana State Senate, District 35. He wrote legislation addressing child support, consumer protection, healthcare, election reform, education, court & judicial funding, taxation and governmental ethics for public officials & employees.