ABOUT KATRINA SHEALY

Katrina Shealy

State Senator Katrina Shealy

State Senator Katrina Shealy is a lifelong conservative leader and business manager with a proven record of creating jobs, managing businesses, and promoting good government in South Carolina.

Elected in November 2012, Senator Shealy serves as one of only four female members in the South Carolina Senate and offers her wealth of business experience to our state’s upper chamber. Senator Shealy also is the first Republican female to ever chair a South Carolina Senate Committee. While serving as the Chairman of the General Committee, Senator Shealy also serves on the Judiciary, Banking and Insurance, Medical Affairs, and Corrections and Penology Committees. She is also a member of the Child Fatality Review Board, the State Domestic Violence Advisory Committee, and the State Suicide Prevention Committee.

In the Senate, she has led efforts to eliminate the state income tax; and, for her efforts, Shealy received the South Carolina Friend of the Taxpayer Award in 2013. She has also led efforts to reform the South Carolina’s Department of Social Services to truly protect our most vulnerable children; and, for her efforts, Shealy was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2015. With fellow legislators, Senator Shealy fought hard to strengthen the penalties for those who are convicted of domestic violence crimes.  Senator Shealy even stood before her peers and shared her sister’s own story of domestic violence – one that almost cost her sister her life. Senator Shealy’s efforts paid off, with the passage of legislation enforcing stronger penalties for criminal domestic violence in South Carolina. For her efforts, Senator Shealy was recognized as the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

An insurance executive, Senator Shealy has been in the insurance industry for the past 40 years. She is a licensed Life, Accident and Health Insurance Agent and has held a Property and Casualty Insurance License since 1976 and a South Carolina Brokers License since 1993. Senator Shealy works as an insurance consultant for Keenan Suggs in Columbia, helping other job-creating individuals and businesses daily.

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Sen. Shealy and her husband, Jimmy

Senator Shealy and her husband, Jimmy, have raised their family of three daughters and five grandsons in the Midlands. The Shealys are active members of St. James Lutheran Church in Red Bank, where Senator Shealy serves on the the Church Council.

Senator Shealy has been involved with and recognized and honored by multiple local, state and national organizations and media outlets for her work. A list of memberships and accomplishments be viewed below.

 

 


MEMBERSHIPS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS


  • Founder, Katrina’s Kids – 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization to provide “every chance for every child” in foster and group homes
  • Advisory Board Member and Former Chairman of Board, South Carolina Friends of Juvenile Justice
  • Ambassador and Mission Achiever Award Recipient, Lexington Medical Foundation
  • Advisory Board Member, Women of Hope – an Outreach of the Lexington Medical Center Foundation
  • District Director and Board Member, National Foundation of Women Legislators
  • Vice Chair of the Human Services and Public Safety Committee, Southeastern Legislative Conference
  • Former Children Services Panelist, National Conference of State Legislators
  • Past Board of Directors Member, Lexington County Department of Social Services
  • Past Board Member, Girl Scouts of the Congaree
  • Annual Host, South Carolina Fallen Soldiers Honor Luncheon
  • Featured Speaker – University of South Carolina Honors College, Columbia College, Coastal Carolina University, Clemson University’s Empowering Girls Program, and Girls State
  • Former 1st Vice Chair, South Carolina Republican Party
  • Former Chair, Lexington County Republican Party
  • Education Policy Fellow, University of South Carolina (2013-2014)
  • Participant, Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business

2017

  • Special Legislative Award Recipient, American Legion Department of South Carolina

2016

  • Common Good Award for Volunteerism Recipient, United Way
  • President’s Award Recipient, South Carolina Foster Parent’s Association
  • Champion for Children Award Recipient, Foundation for Government Accountability
  • Champion for Children Award Recipient, South Carolina Network for Children’s Advocacy Centers
  • Trail Blazer Award for Domestic Violence Prevention Recipient, North Columbia Business Association
  • Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Speech Hearing Language Association
  • Legislative Appreciation Award Recipient, South Carolina Association of Conservation Districts

2015

  • Champion for Children Award Recipient, The Institute for Child Success
  • TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award Recipient, Palmetto Center for Women
  • Outstanding Legislator Award Recipient, National Association of Social Workers – South Carolina Chapter
  • Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Hyman Rubin Award Recipient, The Greater Columbia Community Relations Council
  • Elected Women of Excellence Award Winner, National Foundation for Women Legislators
  • 40 Most Interesting Women in Politics, The Fix (Washington Post)
  • Best Local Politician, Batesburg-Leesville

2014

  • 15 National Political Women of the Year, Glamour Magazine
  • Legislative Conservationist of the Year, South Carolina Wildlife Federation
  • Conservationist of the Year Award, Saluda River Trout Unlimited
  • Green Elected Official Award Recipient, Keep the Midlands Beautiful
  • Community Leadership Award, Woodmen of the World
  • Best Local Politician, Free Times
  • South Carolina Midlands’ 50 Most Influential People, Columbia Business Monthly

2013

  • Terry Haskins Award Recipient, South Carolina Republican Party
  • Strom Thurmond Award Recipient for Government and Public Services, South Carolina Federation of Republican Women
  • Woman of the Year Award Recipient, South Carolina Federation of Republican Women
  • Stateswoman of the Year Award Recipient, Lexington County Republican Party
  • Taxpayer Hero Award Recipient, South Carolina Club for Growth
  • Friend of the Taxpayer Award Recipient, South Carolina Association of Taxpayers
  • 93% Pro Business Score, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • South Carolina Midlands’ 50 Most Influential People, Columbia Business Monthly

2012

  • 1 of 15 National Political Women of the Year, Glamour Magazine
  • South Carolina Midlands’ 50 Most Influential People, Columbia Business Monthly