Growing up in the small town of Clayton, Ala., politics in the state’s Capital City seemed a long way off to the two Beasley brothers. It’s really amazing that both my brother and I have had the opportunity to serve the people of Alabama on Goat Hill. My brother, William Martin Beasley, who is known as “Billy,” currently serves as a Democratic member of the Alabama State Senate, representing the 28th Senatorial District. Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010, Billy served three terms in the House of Representatives.
After being encouraged to run for Governor, which he strongly considered, Billy decided instead to run for re-election to the Senate. In 2014, he was elected to his second term in the upper chamber. At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Billy served on several committees in the Senate: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; Finance and Taxation General Fund; Health and Human Services; and the Rules committee. He is one of the few Democrats left in the Senate.
Billy is also very much a part of the Barbour County business community, working in and operating two separate drug stores. He now operates the Clayton Drug Company and the Clio Drug Company. In addition, Billy also serves as the President of Pratts Station, LLC. His community involvement includes service in the Alabama Pharmaceutical Association, Clayton Rotary Club, Auburn Alumni Association, Barbour County Hospital Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Eufaula/Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. Billy and his wife, Rebecca, are members of the Clayton United Methodist Church.
A graduate of Auburn University, Billy received his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy in 1962. After graduation, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Medical Services Corp. After discharge, Billy pursued his interest in pharmacy and has made it his career.
I am convinced that if he had been given the same opportunities that I had in politics, Billy would have been elected governor without any doubt. While I never was real good as a candidate, Billy is a natural. He enjoys running for office and then after being elected he works extremely hard in office. Billy represents the best interests of the people in his senate district and that’s why he has been an outstanding legislator.
I can say without reservation that my brother is a good man who over the years has voted his convictions. He represents the people who have sent him to Montgomery. Billy told me during the recent special session that he was going to do the right thing regardless of how his votes affected him politically. That type political philosophy may be the “rarest of all political birds” in the business of politics these days. I am extremely proud of Billy and very thankful that God has blessed me to have him as my brother.
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