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Funderburk seeks re-election to House District 52

Posted: March 19, 2018 4:11 p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk

State Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk filed on Friday, March 16 for re-election to the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 52. The district encompasses most of Kershaw County, including Lugoff, Lake Wateree, Boykin and the greater Camden area.

“There is much to accomplish in South Carolina and in Kershaw County, and I am ready to continue fighting for a government that is responsive, transparent, and works for its citizens,” Funderburk said. “I stand up for citizens’ interests over special interests.”

Funderburk was one of only six members of the House of Representatives to vote against the 2007 Base Load Review Act that shifted the financial risk to ratepayers for SCE&G’s failed nuclear project.

As a small business owner, Funderburk knows the importance of creating a climate that allows small businesses to thrive and brings new economic development opportunities to Kershaw County.  Funderburk said she is proud of her efforts that helped to secure major funding for the Central Carolina Technical College Kershaw County campus that is providing education and training opportunities necessary to have a job-ready workforce.

“The new CCTC campus is a game-changer. It will be an important catalyst for growth and prosperity in Kershaw County and will give our citizens greater opportunities for the future,” Funderburk said.

Whether it is being part of the team that advanced the S.C. Equine Park, a founder of the Kershaw County Farmers Market, or an advocate for the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County and LiveWell Kershaw, Funderburk said she is working hard to help Kershaw County reach its fullest potential.

Funderburk has been a leader in working to modernize and restore integrity to our election system.

“Voters need to know their vote counts,” Funderburk said.

She currently serves on the Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators, and is sponsoring legislation to create an independent redistricting commission which would reduce the power legislators have to select their voters and restore greater trust in elections.

Rep. Funderburk serves on the House Judiciary Committee and as the first vice chair of the House Legislative Oversight Committee. She is past chair of the General Assembly Women’s Caucus, past treasurer of the House Ethics Committee, and past chair of the S.C. Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Funderburk has been recognized as a Business Advocate by the S.C. Chamber of Commerce, Green Tie recipient by the Conservation Voters of S.C., Pro-Family Legislative Champion by the Palmetto Family Council, S.C. Political Leader of the Year by the Carolina Recycling Association, Conservationist of the Year by the Kershaw County Soil and Water Conservation District, and, with her family, Kershaw County Agribusiness Family of the Year. She was presented with the Harriett Phelps Service Award for outstanding service and commitment to the arts by the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and a Red Service Ribbon for 10 Years of Service to the South Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol.

Rep. Funderburk grew up in Lugoff and on the family farm north of Camden. She is a 1993 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School, a 1997 graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College and a 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. Rep. Funderburk, her husband, Bill, and their sons, Slade (11 years old) and Burch (7 years old), reside in Camden and attend Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, where she is a Sunday School teacher. She is co-owner of Books on Broad, an independent bookstore and coffee shop located in downtown historic Camden.

“Serving the citizens of Kershaw County in the SC House of Representatives is a high honor for me, and one that I strive to live up to each and every day,” Funderburk said.  “I am a lifelong resident of Kershaw County and I am passionate about Kershaw County as a great place to live, raise a family, worship and conduct business both now and on into the future. That is why I am excited to file for re-election as your state representative!”

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