Joe Sevario

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Joseph Adam "Joe" Sevario, III

Louisiana State Senator for District 18 (parts of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. James, and
St. John the Baptist parishes)
In office
Preceded by Ralph Falsetta
Succeeded by Louis Lambert

Born September 18, 1944
Place of birth missing
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Bobbie Jane Sevario
Children Including:

Shawn Kirk Sevario
Joseph A., Jr., and Audrey Cannon Sevario

Occupation Businessman

Joseph Adam Sevario, III, known as Joe or Joey Sevario (born September 18, 1944),[1] is a businessman from Prairieville in Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who from 1976 to 1994 represented District 18 as a Democrat in the state Senate.[2]


Sevario is one of six children, three surviving, born to Joseph Adam "Jo Boy" Sevario, Jr. (1910-1981), and the former Audrey Cannon (1912-2014), who are interred at Carpenters Chapel Cemetery in Galvez near Prairieville,[3] Two of Sevario's younger brothers, Kermit James Sevario (died in infancy in 1954) and Byron Basil Sevario (1949-2014), and his three older sisters, Nina Jo Sevario (1933-1947), Connie Sevario Lamendola Kirkwood (1935-1919), and Wanda Sevario MarCus (1942-2014), are deceased. Sevario and his wife, Bobbie Jane (born 1943),[4] have at least one child, Shawn Kirk Sevario (born April 1967), an Independent member of the Ascension Parish School Board, who was unopposed for his seat in 2014.[5]


In the 1983 election for a third term to the state Senate, Sevario defeated fellow Democrat M. Paul LeBlanc, 30,563 votes (65.4 percent) to 16,200 (34.6 percent).[6] In that same contest, Edwin Edwards returned to the governorship, when he unseated Republican David C. Treen.

In 1986, Sevario was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 8th congressional district. Victory went to Republican Clyde Holloway of south Rapides Parish, the last person to hold the seat before the district was disbanded, effective January 3, 1993. Sevario finished in fourth place in that race with 34,847 votes (19 percent).[7] Among Sevario's contributors was Ascension Parish attorney Eddie Lambert, now a Republican member of the state Senate.

In his last state Senate campaign, Sevario defeated an Independent in the general election held on November 16, 1991. Sevario polled 27,666 votes (52.1 percent) to Jeffery "Jeff" Diez's 25,436 (47.9 percent).[8] In that same election, Edwin Edwards returned again to reclaim the governorship with victory over Buddy Roemer and David Duke.

Sevario resigned from the state Senate after eighteen years in office[2] and was succeeded by former Senator Louis Lambert, who had also served on the Louisiana Public Service Commission and was the unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate in the 1979 general election against Republican David Treen.

Joe Sevario Road in Prairieville, Louisiana Highway 932, is named in his honor.


  1. Joseph Adam Sevario, III. Retrieved on July 20, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Membership in the Louisiana State Senate since 1880: Ascension Parish. Louisiana State Senate. Retrieved on December 15, 2020.
  3. Joseph A. Sevario, Jr.. Retrieved on December 15, 2020.
  4. Byron Basil Sevario. The Baton Rouge Advocate (January 22, 2014). Retrieved on December 15, 2020.
  5. "Three candidates withdraw from November election; many questions unanswered," The Creole of Ascenion Parish, August 29, 2014}}
  6. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 22, 1983.
  7. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, September 27, 1986
  8. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, November 16, 1991.