A respected and trusted policy expert, Daniel Culbreath possesses an invaluable combination of legislative know-how and deep ties to influential Tennessee policymakers. He provides Stones River Group clients with unique insights into the inner-workings of the Tennessee General Assembly, helping to develop smart, strategic roadmaps to secure policy goals and objectives.
Previously, Daniel served as the Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for Tennessee House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, where he played an integral role in securing the passage of major state initiatives, including legislation to reduce and eventually repeal the Hall income tax; bills to eliminate inheritance taxes, curb gift taxes and reduce sales tax on food; and the FOCUS Act, which reorganized the Tennessee Board of Regents in an effort to strengthen Tennessee’s postsecondary education system. Daniel also worked on proposals to restructure the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and the streamline the state’s network of boards and commissions.
While working for the Majority Leader, Daniel collaborated closely with nearly every Tennessee department and state agency. As one of the key senior staffers tasked with balancing the state’s budget each year, Daniel has particularly strong relationships within the Department of Finance and Administration. He is also closely tied to the Department of Revenue, due to his work on a series of tax reductions and proposals to modernize Tennessee’s tax code, and the Department of Education, due to his engagement in education reform legislation.
Previously, Daniel worked as a research analyst for the House State and Local Government Committee, which provided him with a deep understanding of the rules and procedures of the Tennessee General Assembly, as well as a diverse policy portfolio which ranges from election law to state environmental regulations.
Prior to his tenure with the Tennessee General Assembly, Daniel spent two years in Washington, D.C., serving as a political appointee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Get to know Daniel...
Grew up in Portland, TN; lives in Mount Juliet, TN with wife Melanie
B.A., Political Science, Lipscomb University; currently pursuing his M.P.A. from Tennessee State University
Helps clients navigate the Tennessee General Assembly, effectively engage policymakers and build thoughtful strategies to influence policy debates
Has led or participated in eight mission trips to Morant Bay, Jamaica
In his 10th season officiating high school football