Building a Better South Carolina
Laurie Funderburk is a Kershaw native fighting to make our community stronger
A life-long resident of Kershaw County, Laurie Slade Funderburk was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, District No. 52 – Kershaw County, in June 2004, to fill the unexpired term of Vincent A. Sheheen. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and as the First Vice Chair of the House Legislative Oversight Committee. Rep. Funderburk is past Chair of the General Assembly Women’s Caucus, past Treasurer of the House Ethics Committee, and past Chair of the SC Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, and is Secretary of the SC House Rural Caucus.
Rep. Funderburk 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 is past President of the Kershaw County Bar Association and a former law clerk for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Funderburk was selected as a member of the Liberty Fellowship Class of 2008, a statewide values-based leadership initiative. In 2007, she traveled to Australia as a Delegate with the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 2008, Rep. Funderburk was honored to be selected for the Toll Fellowship Program which seeks to develop the next generation of leaders from all three branches of state government and from around the country. She currently serves on the Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators.
Rep. Funderburk has been recognized as a Business Advocate by the SC Chamber of Commerce, Green Tie recipient by the Conservation Voters of SC, Pro-Family Legislative Champion by the Palmetto Family Council, SC 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 has served on the board of directors for the United Way of Kershaw County, the Carolina Cup Racing Association, and the National Steeplechase Museum. She is a board member of the Santee-Lynches Regional Council of Governments and a former State Director for Women in Government. Rep. Funderburk served on the steering committee that created the SC Food Policy Council. She is also a member of the South Carolina Women Lawyer’s Association, the Camden Rotary Club, the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce, and the Kershaw County Forest Landowners Association. She is a Kershaw County Master Gardener and a recipient of the Silver Shovel Award.
Rep. Funderburk’s Work
Rep. Funderburk works tirelessly to make South Carolina and Kershaw County a better place to live, work, and get ahead. As a small business owner, Rep. Funderburk knows the challenges, and opportunities, of owning your own business. She has fought to create a climate to allow small businesses to thrive and bring new economic development opportunities to Kershaw County, including major funding for the Central Carolina Technical College Kershaw County campus, as a member of the team that advanced the SC Equine Park, and as a founder of the Kershaw County Farmers Market.
Rep. Funderburk has been a leader in working to modernize and restore integrity to our election systems so voters know their vote counts. Rep. Funderburk has always been willing to stand up for citizens’ interests over special interests; she was one of only 6 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.
Rep. Funderburk is invested in our community and our future here in Kershaw County. She especially believes that we must invest in the youth of our community. That’s why since 2009 she has annually awarded the Laurie Slade Funderburk Leadership Scholarship to a student from Lugoff-Elgin, Camden, and North Central High Schools. It’s also why she founded the Kids’ Fourth of July Parade, an opportunity for our community to encourage our youth to share in our love of country, our nation’s history, and American values.