Since first elected to the State House, I have worked hard to make sure your voices are heard in Columbia. As a small business owner, I know the importance of paying bills and focusing on the basics: safe communities, good roads, economic development, a fiscally conservative approach to taxes and spending and a sound state education system.

As the First Vice-Chair of the House Education and Public Works Committee, I have worked hard for higher standards and greater accountability for schools. I sponsored two education reform bills which passed in this legislative session:

• H3969 requires the state to develop accountability models for local school districts.
• H5042 requires the state to work with school districts to establish better fiscal management practices.

I am proud to work for South Carolina families. I helped lead the fight in this legislative session to pass bills making adoption easier (H3442) and study new approaches to palliative care (H4935), helping families who are caring for loved ones with major life-threatening illnesses.

I was elected to serve as Chair of the General Assembly Womens’ Caucus, a bi-partisan group of legislators. This helps me to work more effectively with legislators in both parties, becoming more effective in getting legislation passed in the House.

Public service has always been important to me. I have been active in our community long before I ever got into politics and been active in many community organizations as well as public boards.

I have been honored to recognized with numerous awards and recognitions, including Fort Mill Citizen of the Year, Small Business Person of the Year and state Chamber of Commerce Legislative “Champion”.

I am running for re-election because we need to keep a strong and experienced voice in Columbia and I am proud of my record of service in the State House. If we haven’t met, please take a minute to introduce yourself, especially if you have questions or concerns!