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Mae Beavers

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Mae Beavers
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Tennessee State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
2003 - present
Term ends
January 15, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$19,009/year
Per diem$173/legislative day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTrevecca Nazarene University, 1992
Personal
BirthdayDecember 11, 1947
Place of birthMillport, Alabama
ReligionNazarene
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Mae Beavers is a Republican member of the Tennessee State Senate, representing District 17. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Beavers served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002. Before serving in the Tennessee General Assembly, Beavers was a Wilson County Commissioner from 1990 to 1994.

Biography

Beavers earned her bachelor's degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1992. Now retired, her professional experience includes working as a securities broker and court reporter.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Beavers served on the following committees:

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation and Safety, Vice-chair
Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Beavers served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Beavers served on these committees:

Issues

Law enforcement drones

On February 4, 2013, Beavers introduced SB 796, her proposed "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act," banning law enforcement agencies from using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for collecting evidence or conducting surveillance. Exceptions to the general ban allow drone use for counter-terrorism activities, for operations for which a warrant has been obtained, or for instances in which a law enforcement agency believes that swift action is needed to save life.[1] Representative James Van Huss introduced the companion HB 591 in the Tennessee House of Representatives on February 4. Beavers' bill was passed by both houses in April 2013 and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam (D) on May 20, 2013.[2][3]

Healthcare Compact

In 2011, Beavers sponsored the Healthcare Compact in the Tennessee State Senate.[4]

Health Freedom Act

In 2010, Beavers wrote and sponsored the Tennessee Health Freedom Act. This act directed the Tennessee Attorney General to join the Attorneys General of other states to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

The bill passed in the Senate (26-1) in February of 2010, after being recommended by the appropriate Senate committees. In June, five minutes before House Speaker Kent Williams told the House sponsor of the Health Freedom Act, Rep. Mike Bell, that he would vote for the bill and send it out of committee, Williams instead voted to kill the bill.[5]

Elected State Attorney General

Beavers filed a resolution (SJR 698) calling for an elected State Attorney General. Beavers said the change in membership of the legislature gave the measure an excellent chance for passage in 2011.

Beavers passed the measure through the Senate in 2010, but the House of Representatives did not pass it.

“Tennessee is the only state in the nation that allows the State Supreme Court to select the attorney general,” said Sen. Beavers. “Forty-three states already select their attorneys general through popular election and it is time for this General Assembly to also show their confidence in the collective wisdom of the people of Tennessee. I am very encouraged that the recent change in membership of the General Assembly will give this resolution an excellent chance for passage.”

At the time in six other states, the Attorney General is selected by either the popularly elected Governor or the popularly elected state legislature. Beavers said that when Tennessee’s Constitution was written calling for nomination by the Supreme Court Justices, the court was popularly elected.

“Tennessee is the only state in the nation in which the people have neither a direct nor indirect voice in the selection of their Attorney General,” Beavers added.[6]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Mae Beavers endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Tennessee State Senate will consist of a primary election on August 7, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 3, 2014. Incumbent Mae Beavers will face Clark Boyd in the Republican primary.[8]

2010

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2010

Beavers was re-elected to the 17th District seat in 2010. She defeated Democrat George McDonald in the general election on November 2, 2010. She defeated Susan Lynn and Gordon Borck in the August 5 Republican primary.[9][10]

Tennessee State Senate, District 17, General Election 2010
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Mae Beavers (R) 35,927
George McDonald (D) 21,442

2006

See also: Tennessee State Senate elections, 2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Beavers won re-election to the 17th District Seat in the Tennessee State Senate, defeating opponent Bob Rochelle (D).[11]

Beavers raised $369,376 for his campaign while Rochelle raised $627,663.[12]

Tennessee State Senate, District 17 (2006)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Mae Beavers (R) 34,525
Bob Rochelle (D) 25,427

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Beavers is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Beavers raised a total of $1,043,451 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 20, 2013.[13]

Mae Beavers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $47,184
2010 Tennessee State Senate, District 17 Won $227,211
2008 Tennessee State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $47,275
2006 Tennessee State Senate, District 17 Won $369,376
2004 Tennessee State Senate, District 17 Not up for election $33,335
2002 Tennessee State Senate, District 17 Won $217,762
2000 Tennessee State House, District 57 Won $55,379
1998 Tennessee State House, District 57 Won $17,538
1996 Tennessee State House, District 57 Won $28,391
Grand Total Raised $1,043,451

2012

Beavers was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $47,184.

2010

Beavers won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $227,211.

2008

Beavers was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $47,275.

2006

Beavers won re-election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $369,376.

2004

Beavers was not up for election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $33,335.

2002

Beavers won election to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $217,762.

2000

Beavers won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $55,379.

1998

Beavers won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $17,538.

1996

Beavers won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Beavers raised a total of $28,391.

Personal

Beavers and her husband, Jerry, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Rochelle
Tennessee Senate District 17
2003-present
Succeeded by
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