Alabama Constitutional Officers
Secretary of State: 2007--
Beth (Killough) Chapman was born in Greenville, Alabama in April of 1962. She had her first experience campaigning for her cousin who was a City Councilman and a paraplegic. "Back then there were no wheelchair ramps or handicap accessible buildings. He couldn’t go door to door, so my older cousin would drive me and I would go door to door handing out campaign literature. My first true taste of politics was when a dog bit me on the leg while I was campaigning. I should have known then how hard it would be," Chapman says in good humor.
Beth also got a good dose of public service by going to the Butler County Courthouse every day after school to wait for her mother to get off work. "I loved public service. I loved just being in the courthouse, seeing the process and meeting all the people," Chapman says. After graduation from high school, Beth attended the University of Montevallo where she received her B.S. degree. She was an officer in the Student Government Association, a Class Senator, Class Favorite, Dean’s List, an officer in Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, a member of Alpha Delta Rho Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities and College Night Leader to name a few of her extracurricular activities.
After graduation from Montevallo, Beth went to work as Director of Special Events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and eventually became the state Executive Director. She was instrumental in fundraising and public relations during the peak of research success conducted by the foundation. She contributed one decade of her life to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation mission of raising research funds for terminally ill children.
Beth entered graduate school while holding a full-time job and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a member of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society.
During that same time (1988), she married James Chapman. They have now been married for thirteen years. "He’s the best person I’ve ever known," Beth says with a smile. "He has to be to put up with me," she jokes. "We have a great deal of fun in life. We laugh a lot - - I think laughter is one of the key components to our successful marriage."
In October of 1990, Beth and James had their first child, Winston Taylor Chapman, named for Winston Churchill. Taylor is now eleven years old. Three years later they gave birth to William Thatcher Chapman, named for Margaret Thatcher. He is now eight years old. "Being a mother is the hardest job I’ve ever had and I’ve had some hard jobs," Beth says. "It’s a great privilege and awesome responsibility God gives us when he gives us children."
Beth left the C.F. Foundation to accept an offer to serve as a cabinet member for then newly elected Republican Governor Fob James. (She had been a regional campaign coordinator for his successful campaign.) She became his Appointments Secretary, where she served for almost two years. She assisted the Governor with over 1,500 appointments to state boards and commissions including 38 judgeships and various other elected official appointments. She remains today, the only woman to ever serve as a Governor’s Appointments Secretary in state history. in 1996, Beth left the Governor’s staff to start her own business, Beth Chapman and Associates, LLC. The public relations and political consulting firm has been a success for the past five years. She has worked with such notable figures as Charlton Heston raising money for his conservative ARENA PAC and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in his U.S. Senate race against Hillary Clinton. She has also worked on the campaign staffs of George Wallace, Jr. in his first Republican bid for office (Public Service Commission) and Justice Lyn Stuart who won a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court. She has also worked for other Republican candidates including but not limited to Judge Kelli Wise and Judge Glen Murdock. She has volunteered in the campaigns of virtually every statewide elected Republican including Sen. Jeff Sessions and Congressman Spencer Bachus and Congressman Bob Riley to name a few.
Beth also utilized her company to work with many nonprofit, charitable organizations such as the Court Appointed Special Advocates, the D.A.Y. Program (Developing Alabama’s Youth) and the Owens House, Shelby County’s Child Advocacy Center.
In the fall of 2000, Beth accepted a job, as Press Secretary for Lt. Gov. Steve Windom where she worked closely with the Alabama Senate. She left his staff in the fall of 2001 to serve as his Campaign Manger in his upcoming bid for Governor. After four months of campaigning for Windom, she decided it was time to run a campaign - - but it would be her own campaign for State Auditor. The rest is history.
Beth is extremely active in the Shelby County community personally, professionally and socially. She is presently Chairman of the Shelby County Republican Party, which boasts the largest Republican voting percentage in the state. She is also an active member of the Alabama Republican Party State Committee.
She was unanimously appointed by the Shelby County Commission to serve on the Planning and Zoning Board, has been a member of the Southern Women’s Committee of Fifty, was appointed to the Republican Women’s Leadership Council in Washington, DC by Congressman Spencer Bachus, graduated from Leadership Shelby County and has received numerous honors and awards such as the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Montevallo.
Beth and her family are active members of Lakeside Baptist Church.