State rep. Bill Beck dies at 61

Published 4:17 pm Tuesday, June 6, 2023

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Tennessee state Rep. Bill Beck, D-Nashville, died Sunday from a heart attack.

Beck, a 61-year-old attorney first elected to the Tennessee House in 2014, represented parts of downtown Nashville, East Nashville, Germantown, Inglewood, Madison, Old Hickory, and portions of Donelson.

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“Bill Beck was one of my closest friends,” said House Minority Leader Karen Camper, D-Memphis. “He was not only my colleague, but also my confidant. His warmth, intellect and passion for people made the House of Representatives a better place.

“Bill was well respected by members on both sides of the aisle. No matter the political differences or issues, Bill would always find the humanity in a situation.”

Beck is survived by his wife, Pamela, and daughter, Meredith.

“Bill and I entered the legislature together, and it was a true honor to serve with and learn from him,” said Democratic Caucus Chair John Ray Clemmons, Nashville. “He was a source of advice, inspiration and much-needed levity for me and many others at the most crucial moments. Everyone privileged enough to ever cross Bill’s path knows what a special person and caring individual he was. He truly had a public servant’s heart and the most memorable laugh.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tweeted a note of condolences Monday morning.

“@MariaLeeTN and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Rep. Bill Beck, a faithful, dedicated public servant and friend,” Lee wrote. “We pray God’s peace and comfort over his family and loved ones during this time.”