Beth Winstead joined McMahan Winstead in December 1996. After leaving her law practice in 1986, Beth held many positions in Governor Ned McWherter’s administration, including Field Director for his first Congressional district campaign, Special Assistant to the Governor for Boards and Commissions and was a member of McWherter’s legislative team.
In 1990, Beth became the Executive Assistant to the Bureau of Environment in the new Department of Environment and Conservation. In that position, she assisted with legislation and had oversight responsibilities of ten divisions within the Bureau. Winstead was also the Commissioner’s representative on the Solid Waste Control Board, Air Pollution Control Board, Underground Storage Tank Board and Water Quality Control Board.
In 1995, Beth was appointed as the Assistant Chief Clerk of the Tennessee House of Representatives. She then joined the staff of Mayor Phil Bredesen as his chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill where she was instrumental in bringing the Tennessee Titans NFL team to Tennessee. She also served as a member of his legislative team representing the Mayor’s office before the Metro Council.
Beth received her A.A. from St. Mary’s Junior College in Raleigh, North Carolina and her B.S. in Business Administration magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has her J.D. from the Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law, University of Memphis. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and was a founding member of the Tennessee Lobbyists Association. She is married to Kurt and they have two daughters, Bridget and Mary Hannah.
The contacts Beth has made across the state are strong and diverse. Her lobbying skills are well respected by every legislator in the Tennessee General Assembly.