Chief Justice undergoing post-stroke therapy

Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine "Kitty" Kimball has begun post-stroke therapy in a Baton Rouge rehabilitation hospital.

She was released from hospitalization last Friday following a Jan. 10 stroke and surgery to correct the blockage which cause it.

A release from the Court said her condition is improving daily.

Kimball, 64, of Ventress, has been chief justice since January 2009, after serving as an associate justice from 1992 to 2008. She was the first woman elected to the state’s highest court and is is first female chief justice.

A native of Alexandria and graduate of its Bolton High School, she had been a district court judge and an assistant district attorney prior to election to the high court.

Kimball, a Democrat, succeeded Chief Justice Pascal Calogero, who retired after 36 years on the Supreme Court, including 18 years as chief.

Kimball and her husband, Clyde W. Kimball, a former state legislator, have three children and six grandchildren.

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