Jody (Jody) Barrett (R-SH69)
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Capitol: 615.741.2901
FAX: 615.741.7770
District: 615.446.9782
Representative
Suite 550 Cordell Hull Building 425 Rep. John Lewis Way North
Nashville, TN 37243

District Office:
702 East College Street
Dickson, TN 37055
Elected: 2022    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Holly   
Committee Assignments
MemberSubcommittee on Banking and Consumer Affairs
MemberSubcommittee on Finance, Ways and Means Appropriations
MemberHouse Committee on Finance, Ways and Means
MemberHouse Committee on Commerce
Counties Representing
Dickson / Hickman / Maury

Bio

As the youngest child, I spent a lot of car time with my Mom riding back and forth to Nashville for daycare and preschool. When I was 8 years old, my Mom met a special man who was not intimidated in the least by the prospect of entering into a relationship with a strong-willed woman with a household of kids in tow. They were married a little more than a year after they met, and I couldn't have been happier to be adopted by him and take on his last name. Stan became the father figure I never knew I was missing and sorely needed in my life. My parents coached my Little League and Dixie Youth baseball teams. I played football with the Burns Cowboys and was one of the first players to join the Dickson County Youth Soccer Association when it started. Eventually, my parents introduced me to golf when I was just 10 years old and I was instantly hooked. My Mom was also my first Scout leader. I was very active in scouting, earning a high number of merit badges and awards. At the time I received my Eagle Scout rank, I was the youngest to achieve that goal in Tennessee. Being a part of the Eagle Scout fraternity has played an important role throughout my adulthood.

I accepted a scholarship offer to play golf collegiately at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, and left Dickson after graduating from DCHS in 1992. At LMU I majored in history with a pre-law emphasis. I made the Dean's list throughout my time there, became captain of the Railsplitter golf team, walked on the soccer team, sang in the university choir, served as Student Government President, represented the University as a Lincoln Ambassador, did color commentary for area sports teams on the campus radio station, worked as a disc jockey, did public address announcing for basketball and baseball games, and worked as a Resident Assistant and student tutor. I also participated in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature in Nashville on behalf of LMU. I was a member of the Baptist Student Union, Sigma Tau Delta english honor society, and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. Attending a small school was the perfect fit for me and gave me the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of areas.

I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History from LMU in 1996, but the most important thing I left Harrogate with was my wife, Holly. We met as freshmen and began dating in the spring of 1993. After LMU I went on to attend law school at the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi. Holly and I were married in December of 1996 during the Christmas break of my first year of law school.

Holly and I were expecting our first child in January of 2001 when Larry Ramsey tracked me down at my new law office in Grenada, Mississippi. After a meeting an interview with Larry and his young partner, Eric Thornton, I accepted their job offer. Over the next 90 days I took and passed the Tennessee Bar Exam, welcomed our first child into the world, sold our house in Mississippi, bought a house in Tennessee, relocated our family and belongings to Tennessee, and started my first day at Ramsey & Thornton, PLC and Dickson Title, LLC on May 1, 2001. Not long after my arrival our firm was selected to serve as County Attorneys for Dickson County. During that time I served as counsel for the Dickson County School Board and County Highway Department, in addition to our duties to the County Mayor and County Commission. I also represent the Dickson Housing Authority, Dickson County Industrial Development Board, the Dickson County 911 Board, and work with the City of Dickson and the Dickson Airport Authority on various issues from time to time. I became a partner in the law firm in 2003. My family attends and worships at First Baptist Church of Dickson. I have taught Sunday school classes and served on the church finance committee. Holly and I have volunteered in the Preschool Area on Sunday mornings for the last decade. We have been blessed to see all three of our children be baptized in the sanctuary.

In 2005 I put together a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Katrina in the coastal area of Mississippi. First Baptist leaders found out about my efforts and joined me in a big way. I am a member of the Dickson High Noon Rotary Club and the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce. I am an alum of the Chamber's Leadership Dickson County program, and I recently agreed to participate as a member of Tristar Bank's Community Council.

I spent my final semester of college working as a legislative intern with the 99th General Assembly. I was assigned to the House Calendar and Rules Committee which gave me the unique opportunity to interact with nearly every legislator on the hill. I met with Governor Don Sundquist and worked with his office during my time in Nashville. Holly and I met as freshmen at Lincoln Memorial University in 1992. We began dating in the spring of 1993, and we were married in December, 1996. We just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary! Holly was also a scholarship athlete at LMU in the cross country program. Holly and I have three amazing children. Avery (21) is our oldest. She is a junior at Western Kentucky University pursuing a B.F.A. in Theater Design & Technology. Erin (18) is a high school senior who plans to attend UT Martin in the fall. She intends to study animal science and pursue a career in veterinary sciences. Beau (almost 11) is our vibrant, energetic, and entertaining baby boy. The kids have all been active in the youth program at First Baptist Church. The girls were active in American Heritage Girls for several years, and Beau is a member of the Royal Ambassadors at First Baptist.