Elizabeth (Beth) Best has lived in Montana nearly all of her life. She attended Great Falls public schools starting in kindergarten, graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in 1974, received her undergraduate degree at Montana State University in Bozeman, and her law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1981. Law school pic
She met her husband, Mike Best, in law school when he recruited her to play receiver on the law school touch football team. After law school, they served together in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. Beth prosecuted crimes, provided legal services to soldiers, and taught the law of war to soldiers. After returning from the Army in 1984, she clerked for U.S. District Judge Paul Hatfield in Great Falls before opening a private practice with her husband. They have been in private practice together ever since.
Beth and Mike raised two kids, Matthew and Sydney, on their small family ranch in the Eden area, south of Great Falls, for twenty-one years. Beth served for six years on the Board of Trustees for the Centerville Schools. The family raised Angus calves, 4-H lambs, chickens, geese and ducks.
Since 1985, Beth has demonstrated her commitment to access to justice for all individuals while representing Montanans from all over the State, including police officers, business owners, farmers, office workers, soldiers, grain elevator workers, railroad workers, cooks, grocery store employees, doctors, firefighters, deputy sheriffs, maintenance workers, teachers, nurses, and government workers.
She has served as the Chair of the Montana Board of Labor Appeals, and served as chair of the Montana State Fund board from 2011 to 2015.
Office sought: Retain seat of the 8th Judicial District Court of Montana
Political party: Nonpartisan.
Birth date and place: June 12, 1956, Louisville, Ky., where her father was stationed in the Army. Moved in 1960 to Montana, her mother’s home state.
Home: She and her husband live between Cascade and Craig.
Family: Husband, Mike, and son, Matthew, 25, and daughter, Sydney, 23.
Education: Graduated from Charles M. Russell High School in 1974. Received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Montana State University in 1978 and a law degree from University of Montana in 1981.
Past employment: Worked as law clerk for U.S. District Judge Paul Hatfield in Great Falls in 1984-85. Since 1985, she has practiced law with her husband at Best Law Offices in Great Falls.
Military: Served with her husband in Germany as captains in U.S. Army in Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1981-84.
Political experience: Served on the board of trustees for the Centerville schools during the mid-1990s when she and her family lived on a small family ranch in the Eden area, south of Great Falls. She served as chair of the Montana Board of Labor Appeals from 2004-08 and served as chair of the Montana State Fund board from 2011 to 2015.