Jody Amedee

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Lee Joseph "Jody" Amedee, III​

Louisiana State Senator for
District 18 (Ascension, Livingston,
St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes)​
In office
2004​ – 2016​
Preceded by Louis Lambert
Succeeded by Eddie Lambert

Born December 9, 1967​
​Place of birth missing
Political party Democrat-turned-Republican (March 2011)​
Spouse(s) Jancy Berthelot Amedee​
Children Three children​
Alma mater Nicholls State University

(Thibodaux, Louisiana)​ Southern University Law Cente (Baton Rouge)

Occupation Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Lee Joseph Amedee, III, known as Jody Amedee (born December 9, 1967), is a personal injury attorney in Gonzales, near the capital city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who is a Republican former state senator for District 18, which encompasses portions of Ascension, Livingston, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes. He served from 2004 to 2016.[1]

Amedee graduated from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish and the historically black Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Early in his career he was a law clerk in the Louisiana Senate. He is a former assistant district attorney for the 23rd Judicial District and the attorney for the Ascension Parish Tourist Commission. Amedee has been active in various sports organizations, including time as a coach of basketball and soccer. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, the East Ascension Sportsman League, and Ducks Unlimited. He is a Roman Catholic.[2]

Amedee was elected to the first of his senatorial terms in 2003 as a Democrat. He led the six-candidate field with 12,413 votes (27.2 percent). The runner up was fellow Democrat Jeff Diez, who received 11,323 votes (24.8 percent). Two Republicans, Mark Stermer and Warren Harang, III, shared 30 percent of the vote. Two other Democrats held a combined 18 percent of the ballots.[1] In the second balloting on November 15, Amedee defeated Diez, 24,190 (51.6 percent) to 22,668 (48.4 percent).[3] Amedee was unopposed for his second term in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 20, 2007.

In March 2011, Amedee switched to GOP affiliation, and the Republicans gained numerical control of the state Senate.[2] He serves on the committees of (1) Environmental Quality, (2) Natural Resources as chairman, (3) Senate and Governmental Affairs, (4) Homeland Security, and (5) Veterans Affairs. In 2010, Amedee supported the interest group, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry 58 percent of the time. The conservative Louisiana Family Forum gave him an 80 percent rating. In 2009, he was ranked 100 percent by the Louisiana Right to Life Federation.[4]

Amedee and his wife, the former Jancy L. Berthelot, formerly of Orange Beach in Baldwin County, Alabama, have three children.[2]

Amedee was term-limited in the nonpartisan blanket primary held on October 24, 2015. He was succeeded in January 2016 by outgoing District 59 state Representative Eddie Lambert, another Republican. Lambert ran unopposed for the Amedee Senate seat.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 4, 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jody Amedee's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on April 2, 2020.
  3. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 15, 2003.
  4. Jody Amedee's Ratings and Endorsements. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on April 2, 2020.
  5. JMC Enterprises (September 10, 2015). Decision 2015: The end of candidate qualifying. Retrieved on April 2, 2020.