Beryl Adams Amedee

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Beryl Adams Amedée

Louisiana State Representative for District 51 (Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes)
Assumed office 
January 2016
Preceded by Joseph Arthur "Joe" Harrison

Born October 1964
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) John Amedée
Residence Gray, Louisiana
Alma mater H. L. Bourgeois High School in Gray, Louisiana
Religion Christianity

Beryl Adams Amedée (born October 1964)[1] is the Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 51, which encompasses the parishes of Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and her native Terrebonne in the southern portion of Louisiana. Amedee formerly served on the Terrebonne Parish Council, based in Houma.[2] A long-time advocate of home schooling, she was formerly a staff member of the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, based in the capital city of Baton Rouge.[3]

In the runoff election held on November 21, 2015, Amedée unseated the two-term incumbent Republican Representative Joe Harrison of Napoleonville, 4,101 votes (52 percent) to 3,783 (48 percent).[4]

Amedée is one of the seventeen Louisiana House Republicans who openly sided with Attorney General Jeff Landry in blocking an executive order by Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards which until it was declared unconstiutional would have protected homosexuals from discrimination in the workplace. She also opposes a state Senate bill which would require all employers but religious institutions to hire regardless of sexual orientation. The Senate bill, she said, places greater restrictions and burdens on businesses beyond what federal law requires and is a threat to religious freedom. Amedée said she opposes governmental intrusion into the employment process but reached out to homosexuals, saying, "People don’t want to understand today that if I disagree with you, that doesn’t mean that I hate you.”[5]

Amedee handily won reelection in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 12, 2019. She defeated another Republican, Clayton Voisin, 6,287 votes (64 percent) to 3,475 (36 percent).[6]

Amedee and her husband, John, reside in Gray in Terrebonne Parish, where she graduated from H. L. Bourgeois High School.


  1. Beryl Amedee, October 1964. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  2. Adams Amedée defeats incumbent Joe Harrison in state Rep. District 51 race. KATC. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  3. Beryl Adams Amedee. Retrieved on November 27, 2015.
  4. Results for Election Date: 11/21/2015. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on November 22, 2015.
  5. Sarah Gamard (May 6, 2017). LGBT, gender identity issues take center stage at legislature. The Alexandria (Louisiana) Town Talk. Retrieved on May 8, 2017.
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 12, 2019.