Elected in November 2012, Senator Shealy serves as the only female in the South Carolina Senate and brings her wealth of business experience to our state’s upper chamber.
As the Vice President of Production for Allied Insurance Solution Inc. in Columbia, overseeing the Forestry and Hunting Division, Senator Shealy helps other job-creating individuals and businesses overcome government red-tape daily. Her experience and expertise with our state’s natural resources has led to her active involvement with the South Carolina Forestry Association.
Senator Shealy’s strong work ethic and understanding of small businesses were instilled from a young age by her mother and father, who owned and operated the Leesville Piggly Wiggly, where she worked as a cashier starting at the age of 13. Her family went through the ups and downs of owning and growing a business when they built another grocery store in Batesburg. Not only did she learn how to deal with government regulations and the challenges that come with creating jobs, making payroll and adhering to a budget; but, she also learned the importance of treating all customers and neighbors with utmost respect.
Now, as the wife of a small business owner, Sen. Shealy knows firsthand the difficulties businesses face in this poor economy.
Senator Shealy is one of the most active Republican leaders in our area, where she has worked tirelessly to elect real conservatives to office. The former Chairman of the Lexington County Republican Party, she led the area’s GOP Victory efforts in 2004 and 2006, while raising a tremendous amount of money to advance reforms at all levels of government.
Seeking to get more neighbors involved in the political process, Senator Shealy helped start the West Metro Republican Women’s group, of which she has served as president for two years. Her desire to get more citizens involved in the cause of smaller government and fiscal responsibility has led to her active participation in the TEA Party movement to help fix our nation’s debt problem.
Committed to our youth, Sen. Shealy is an active member of the Advisory Board and the former Chairman of the Board of the South Carolina Friends of Juvenile Justice. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lexington County Department of Social Services and the Girl Scouts of the Congaree.
With a strong interest in our local healthcare, Senator Shealy serves on the Advisory Board of the Women of Hope, an outreach of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation. Her work has been recognized by receiving the Lexington Medical Foundation’s Mission Achiever Award and being named a Foundation Ambassador. She and her husband, Jimmy, also are regular contributors to the American Cancer Society.
Senator Shealy was recognized by Glamour Magazine as one of the 15 Political Women of the Year for 2012 and one of South Carolina Midland’s top 50 Most Influential People for 2012. Senator Shealy was also 2013 Recipent of Lexington County Republican Party Stateswomen of the Year Award and 2013 Recipient of SC Republican Party Terry Haskins Award .
A lifelong resident of our area and graduate of Batesburg-Leesville High School, Sen. Shealy and her husband have raised their family of three children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren here. The Shealys are active members of St. James Lutheran Church of Lexington, where they both sing in the choir and serve on several committees.