Judge Carl E. Stewart of Shreveport, Louisiana has become the Chief Judge of
the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which hears appeals from federal courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.
Stewart is the first African-American to serve as chief judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He will succeed Chief Judge Edith H. Jones, who is stepping down from the chief judgeship.
President William J. Clinton appointed Stewart as United States Circuit Judge on May 9, 1994.
Judge Stewart's elevation marks the second time the chief judge position has been filled by a Shreveport resident.
The Court was headed from 1992-1999 by Judge Henry A. Politz, a long-time Shreveport resident who died in 2002.
The Fifth Circuit covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.