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Lobbying and Government Relations

Mississippi's Top 50 Most Influential

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Beth Clay, The Clay Firm

Alumni Beth Clay studio portrait standing - for Alumnus Magazine story. (photo by Megan Bean / © Mississippi State University)

Few people roam the halls of the State Capitol with the sort of policy influence that Beth Clay has.  She founded The Clay Firm which specializes in Mississippi-focused legislative, government relations and public affairs consulting, providing a full range of services – from direct lobbying to public policy and grassroots advocacy to contract procurement support at both the state and local levels.

Some of Clay’s clients include the Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Health Care Association, Mississippi Industries for the Blind, Mississippi Museum of Art, Mississippi Power Company, and Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.  She also serves dozens of corporate clients like 3M, Community Health Systems, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, the Motion Picture Asssociation of America, GlaxoSmithKline, and Pfizer.

In addition to her efforts under the Capitol Dome, she’s involved in a variety of community pursuits including serving on the Boards of the Stennis Institute of Government, the Eudora Welty Foundation, Hope Village and the MSU Foundation.