Lifelong Winston-Salem Resident with a Healthcare and Education Focus: Donny Lambeth – NC House of Representatives

When people ask North Carolina House Representative Donny Lambeth why he doesn’t “slow down” and relax after retiring from his 40-year career with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, his answer is simple—there is more to be done.


Donny Lambeth’s Winston-Salem roots run deep. Born and raised in the city, Donny graduated from Parkland High School, going on to earn his undergraduate degree from High Point University and his MBA from Wake Forest University.


Starting out as an entry-level accountant, Donny worked his way through the ranks to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, one of the largest medical institutions in the state. His experiences at the Medical Center, as well as his involvement on the local school board, where he served as Chairman for 18 years, primed Donny for service in the North Carolina state legislature.


“At the Medical Center, at every stage throughout my career, my goal was always to put the patient first,” Donny says. “I am now in a position to make policy decisions at a state level, and my goal continues to be putting Forsyth County residents first, and thinking about how such decisions affect them.”


Donny’s commitment to Forsyth County and its residents is evident not just in Raleigh, but at home, too. He has served on several nonprofit boards, including Hospice and Leadership Winston-Salem, and has been involved in building several new schools and seeing bond issues passed while serving on the school board. Donny has been married to Pam for 43 years, and each of their four daughters lives and works in Winston-Salem, several of them in the field of education.


“My wife is a teacher, my daughters grew up and were educated here in Forsyth County, and I have six grandchildren in the school system,” Donny says. “For me, improving the state of education is not just about politics—it is personal.”


Having decades of experience in the healthcare and education fields, as well as a background in finance, has provided Donny with the knowledge needed to serve as a leader in the House, where he has led the Budget and Health Committees, and played a major role in reforming Medicaid.


“When I started at the Medical Center right out of college, I was interested in how this institution drew residents to our area,” Donny remarks. “We’ve got a lot going for us here in Forsyth County, and I want to do whatever I can to keep that momentum going and help our community thrive.”


Donny’s life experiences—as a lifelong Winston-Salem resident, a healthcare industry professional, and a public servant in the education arena—have given him the knowledge to make informed decisions in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He will start his 3rd term this fall, and has no desire to slow down anytime soon.


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