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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: Donny Lambeth (R- Forsyth)

Donny Lambeth is a Republican legislator currently serving his third term representing HD75 in the North Carolina House. Before being elected to the General Assembly in 2012, Lambeth worked for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he held 17 different job titles but most notably earned more than $1 million in a single year as the president.

Remarkably, only two years after Lambeth earned $1.2 million as a hospital executive, he voted against expanding basic health care access for low-income North Carolinians. Despite being considered “the legislature’s leading healthcare expert” he voted against expanding Medicaid coverage for some of North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations. This vote resulted in hundreds and possibly thousands of lives lost across the state due to a lack of affordable health care.

Along with working for a medical center, Lambeth served as the chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board for over a decade and was a deeply controversial chairman. Parents and teachers complained that he “slept through meetings” and was “belligerent.” During his tenure, he criticized the state lawmakers for failing to fund public education.

However, since being elected to the House, he has fallen in line with the Republican trend of prioritizing tax cuts for corporations over paying teachers at the national average. Lambeth voted for multiple Republican budgets that fail to compensate hardworking teachers fairly and shortchange students by cutting education spending year after year.

Furthermore, Lambeth supported voter ID legislation, dubbed the “Monster” voter ID law, that was struck down in court for discriminating against African-American voters with “almost surgical precision.”

Read on for more about Rep. Lambeth.

Source: Morganton News Herald

As a “belligerent” School Board chairman who sometimes fell asleep during meetings, Lambeth criticized lawmakers for failing to fund education; but he did the very same thing once he was elected to the General Assembly.

  • As chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, Lambeth supposedly wanted state lawmakers to meet their “obligations” and fund education.
  • Some parents and teachers claimed Lambeth was “belligerent” and “slept during school board meetings.”
  • Once elected to the NCGA, Lambeth voted for multiple Republican budgets that prioritized tax cuts for corporations over salary raises for hardworking teachers.
  • Lambeth supported budgets that decreased investment in students.

Lambeth earned more than $1 million in one year in his job as a hospital president and is supposedly the “legislature’s leading healthcare expert” yet he voted for legislation that puts basic health care out of reach for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable North Carolinians.

  • Lambeth earned $1.2 million in his role as president of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
  • In 2013 and 2018 Lambeth voted against providing basic health care to roughly 500,000 of the state’s most vulnerable people.
  • Blocking Medicaid cost anywhere from 455 to 1,145 lives per year.

Lambeth supported a voter ID bill that was struck down in the courts for discriminating against African-American voters “with almost surgical precision.”

  • Lambeth voted for a 2013 bill deemed the worst voter suppression law in the country and later called the “Monster Voting Law.”
  • The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the 2013 law because it targeted African-American voters with “almost surgical precision.”

Read on for more about Donny Lambeth.