Tammy Savoie

Louisiana State House of Representatives | District 94

Dr. Tammy Savoie was born in New Orleans, La and grew up in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School and went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of New Orleans. She earned her PhD from Emory University in Clinical Psychology in 1991. She is currently licensed to practice in Louisiana and Virginia.

Dr. Savoie enlisted in the Louisiana Air National Guard in 1978 and became the first female Law Enforcement/Security Forces specialist in Louisiana. She went on to serve in the Air National Guard for 15 years before accepting a commission in the United States Air Force in 1994. She then served for 22 years on active duty before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2016 as Chief, International Health for the Air Force Central Command.

During her tenure in the Air Force, Dr. Savoie held various clinical positions, serving as the Flight Commander for the Life Skills Flight in Del Rio, TX. She did pro bono work in the Del Rio community and launched the first military – civilian Critical Incident Stress Team working with the mayor, city officials and Border Patrol. Other clinical assignments included Chief of Psychological Services at Maxwell Air Force Base and Substance Abuse Element Leader at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

After years of clinical work Dr. Savoie served in broader leadership roles. She was chosen as the Chief, Biobehavioral Performance Branch in San Antonio where she was responsible for leading a $50M Science and Technology effort assessing the effects of environmental factors on human performance. She was stationed at the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development as the Deputy Commander connecting European researchers with our DoD counterparts. Assigned to the Pentagon on the Joint Staff, she did health care policy work and was the lead on major international agreements and on all US-NATO medical efforts. She deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Pentagon’s Mental Health Advisory Team where she assessed and improved the behavioral health care system for our troops. After traveling throughout the Middle East as Chief, International Health for Air Force Central Command she retired and returned home to New Orleans.

Dr. Savoie currently does consulting for the Veterans Evaluation Services on behalf of Veterans. She is an Adjunct Faculty at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Xavier University, New Orleans. She volunteers with the Red Cross and recently accepted a volunteer position as a Red Cross liaison officer with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). She is the Disaster Mental Health Coordinator, Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter. She has deployed with the American Red Cross. She is a community advocate for those who do not currently have a voice in our current legislature.

We sat down with Tammy to find out more about why she’s running. Read the full interview!


2014: Field Grade Officer of the Quarter, USAFCENT Shaw AFB, SC
2006: Arthur S. Flemming Award, George Washington University, Program Management
2006: Rosenthal Team Award, Executive Leadership Development Course — Graduate
2005: Air Force Materiel, Command Field Grade Psychologist of the Year, Brook City Base, TX
2001: Nonrated Flight Commander of the Year, 47th Medical Group, Laughlin AFB, TX
2000: Air Education and Training Command, Field Grade Psychologist of the Year, Laughlin AFB
2000: Nonrated Flight Commander of the Year, 47th Medical Group, Laughlin AFB, TX
2000: Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, TX
1998: Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School
1992: Distinguished Graduate, Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA)
1992: Communicative Skills Award, Noncommissioned Officer Academy
1978: Honor Graduate, Basic Military Training School


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
AF Organizational Excellence Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
National Defense Service Medal with 1 Service Star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbon Long with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
AF Training Honor Graduate
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle)
AF Training Ribbon
NATO Medal

Read more on Tammy's website.


On The Issues

Local Issues

As District 94 Representative I will tackle local issues with gusto! My motto is: A strong business environment means a strong community and a strong community means a strong business environment. In order to create and sustain a strong community we must take care of the following issues:

  • Tackle water management and flood protection, levee and lakefront protection
  • Invest in our infrastructure (improving deteriorating roadways and bridges)
  • Crime prevention and safety
  • Advance top-notch educational opportunities and invest in our District 94 K-12 schools
  • Ensure prosperity for our businesses, create an economic development climate, ensure appropriate zoning regulations; and protect residential areas from encroachment.

Social Issues

Besides local issues as District 94 Representative, I will fight ferociously to advance Louisiana on all fronts to lift us from the bottom of all the life quality indexes, including being the worst state in the union for women to live. These issues include:

  • Economic prosperity to include a livable wage for all, pay equity, pay transparency, local control over minimum wage and municipal issues
  • Affordable, accessible health care with continued Medicaid expansion and maintaining coverage for preexisting conditions
  • Maintain women’s reproductive rights and bodily autonomy; comprehensive sex education; accessible, affordable contraception, and pre and post-natal care
  • Gun violence prevention.

Threats to Democracy

We have seen threats to our democracy across the country which we must combat on all levels, federal, state and local! We must and, as District 94 Representative, I will relentlessly pursue the preservation of our democracy by taking on these challenging issues:

  • Champion an independent commission to create fair districts for both Federal and State District boundaries which will be set in 2021
  • Buttress and advance voter rights protection to include increasing ease of registration and voting
  • Addressing climate change and the existential threat that we face in Louisiana, particularly in Jefferson and Orleans Parishes due to our vanishing coastline.
Tammy Savoie

Tammy Savoie

Louisiana State House of Representatives | District 94