|Tennessee State Senate District 17|
|2003 - Present|
|January 15, 2015|
|Years in position||10|
|Per diem||$173/legislative day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Trevecca Nazarene University, 1992|
|Place of birth||Millport, AL|
Beavers graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1992. She is a retired securities broker and court reporter.
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|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Beavers served on these committees:
|Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Commerce, Labor and Agriculture|
|• Judiciary, Chair|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Beavers served on these committees:
|Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Judiciary, Chair|
|• Commerce, Labor and Agriculture|
Beavers represents Tennessee Senate District 17. District 17 includes Bedford, Moore, and part of Rutherford Counties.
Law enforcement drones
On February 4, 2013, Beavers introduced SB 796, her proposed "Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act." This bill would ban law enforcement agencies from using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for collecting evidence or conducting surveillance. Exceptions to the general ban would 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. Representative James Van Huss introduced the companion HB 591 in the Tennessee House of Representatives on February 4. Beavers' bill was assigned to the Judiciary Committee on February 6.
Health Care Compact
Health Freedom Act
- See also: Health Care Compact
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 Obamacare.
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.
Elected State Attorney General
Sen. Beavers has filed a resolution (SJR 698) calling for an elected State Attorney General. Beavers said the change in membership of the legislature gives 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.”
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.
- 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.
|Tennessee State Senate, District 17, General Election 2010|
|Mae Beavers (R)||35,927|
|George McDonald (D)||21,442|
Beavers raised $369,376 for his campaign while Rochelle raised $627,663. 
|Tennessee State Senate, District 17 (2006)|
|Mae Beavers (R)||34,525|
|Bob Rochelle (D)||25,427|
In 2010, Beavers received $229,211 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Tennessee State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Mae Beavers's campaign in 2010|
|Senate Republican Caucus Of Tennessee||$25,000|
|Tennessee Firearms Association||$8,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$229,211|
Beavers raised $369,376 in the 2006 election cycle.
Her major contributors are listed below.
|Senate Republican Caucus||$75,000|
|Republicans Achieving a Majority||$15,000|
|Tennessee Conservative PAC||$10,000|
|National Healthcare Corp.||$9,500|
|Tennessee Medical Association||$5,500|
|Tennessee Federation Republican Women-B. McAndrew Iris Fund||$4,000|
|Tennessee Association of Realtors||$4,000|
|Tennessee Chiropractic Association||$3,000|
|Tennessee Bankers Association||$3,000|
Beavers and her husband, Jerry, have two children. They currently reside in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.
- Biography from the Tennessee General Assembly website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Voting record from Tennessee Votes.org
- Tennessee judiciary and legislature struggle for power over the Court of Judiciary
- ↑ [Text of Missouri HB 591/SB 796]
- ↑ Bill information for Tennessee HB 591/SB 796
- ↑ PoliticMo, "Missouri to consider joining interstate compact on health care", February 7, 2011
- ↑ "Beavers Chides Lynn on Health Freedom Press Release," Tennessee Reporter, July 20, 2010
- ↑ "State Senator Beavers Calls for Elected State Attorney General," Tennessee Report, January 15, 2011
- ↑ Tennessean, "Gingrich campaign touts endorsements after losing a major one," March 5, 2012
- ↑ Unofficial Republican state senate primary results from the TN Secretary of State, 2010
- ↑ Official Tennessee State Senate General Election Results, 2010
- ↑ Election Results, Tennessee Senate, District 17
- ↑ District 17 Tennessee Senate Spending, 2006
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2010 contributions
- ↑ Campaign contributors to Mae Beavers
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