Senator Mae Beavers has been a leader for the people in District 17 for over a decade. First elected as a county commissioner, she bucked the establishment and pushed for the passage of Wilson County’s first financial management plan. She then ran for the State House of Representatives, where she fought for conservative values in Nashville. Most known for her staunch stance against higher taxes, Senator Beavers was credited by many to be one of the driving forces to kill a state income tax in Tennessee.  Mae led the fight in Nashville to oppose the income tax and has sponsored bills to cut taxes on everything from sales tax on food to eliminating the gift tax and phasing out the inheritance tax. She has voted against federal mandates and works to continue to give local control to our school systems.

Mae and Jerry have been married for 49 years and the proud parents of two sons, Eric and Jason, and
 grandparents to 5. They attend Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene.




After Senator Beavers was elected to the State Senate in 2002, she continued to be a reliable and effective legislator, sponsoring and passing laws which included legislation to lower the sales tax on food, legislation to protect our constitutional rights to privacy and to keep and bear arms, as well as legislation that enabled Tennesseans to make their own healthcare choices.  She has also worked with numerous local leaders from Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith and Wilson Counties to secure funding and bring road and bridge projects to District 17. 

Senator Beavers has also led the fight to strengthen the laws against users and distributors of meth, while also fighting for law-abiding citizens to have access to cold medicine without government interference.  She has been a successful advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and was called upon by Governor Bill Haslam to sponsor, debate and pass legislation to toughen our state’s synthetic drug and DUI laws.  Senator Beavers also fights each and every day to keep government small and accountable to those it represents. 

Senator Beavers

has a Bachelor of Science degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Before retiring, she attended Nashville School of Law and worked as a court reporter and paralegal.  Since being elected to the State Senate, she has taken a leadership role, serving six years as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, two years as First Vice-Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and is currently First Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Joint Government Operation Committee's Judiciary and Government Subcommittee.  Senator Beavers and her husband of 49 years, Jerry, attend Trevecca Community Church, and are proud parents and grandparents.