Summary: South Carolina Senator Mia McLeod represents Senate District 22 (Richland and Kershaw Counties) and is the first woman and the first African American to represent that district. She serves on the following Senate committees: Judiciary, Medical Affairs, Rules, Corrections and Penology, and Family and … read more.
Speaker: Mia McLeod
Mia S. McLeod was born and raised in South Carolina, where she attended public schools along the infamous “Corridor of Shame.” With the support and guidance of her parents (a public school teacher and small business owner), she was able to get a quality education…something she believes every child deserves, regardless of where they happen to live.
During college, she served as a Page for then-Representative David Beasley, who later became Governor of South Carolina. This experience introduced her to the legislative process and South Carolina politics. After graduating, she worked in Human Resources at the SC Chamber of Commerce before earning her Juris Doctorate at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Since then, Mia has worked in and through state government, advocating for important issues like public education, economic development, Medicaid expansion, pro-small business initiatives, tougher domestic violence laws, common sense gun reforms, better race relations and more diversity and inclusion. She’s a strong voice, working across party lines to achieve progress for the people of SC.
During the mid-90s, when South Carolina was number one in the nation for domestic violence homicides, Mia successfully launched a statewide initiative for former SC Attorney General Charlie Condon, that developed multidisciplinary protocols, curricula and training for law enforcement, solicitors and judges when investigating, prosecuting and adjudicating cases of violence against women.
Mia was later appointed by former Governor Jim Hodges to direct the State Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA) and while serving, was recognized by the National Crime Victim Compensation Program for creating satellite offices in rural, underserved counties to help broaden service outreach and access, ultimately easing the process for crime victims. Her innovative management practices brought national attention to South Carolina’s Crime Victim Compensation Program, which became a model for other states.
Prior to serving in the SC House, Mia served on the SC Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and was an active participant on the small business, education, diversity, and public relations committees. In 2010, Mia became the first woman to represent House District 79 and the only Democrat elected to the House that year in a “swing” district. She is a community leader who was recognized as one of South Carolina’s “Top 20 Under 40” and later, Governing Magazine, as a woman leader who is among a small group of women across the country to be selected to participate in Governing Women’s inaugural Leadership Class. At the state level, Mia is a Liberty Fellow, SC Education Policy Fellow and SC Diversity Fellow. Nationally, she has earned distinction as a New Deal Leader and Aspen Rodel Fellow.
In 2016, Mia introduced a “Viagra” bill that ignited a national conversation about why government shouldn’t interfere in our healthcare decisions. Subscribers rave about her candid communications.
A proud mother of two sons, Mia represents Senate District 22 (Richland &Kershaw Counties) and serves on Senate Judiciary, Medical Affairs, Rules, Corrections & Penology, Family & Veterans` Services Committees. Mia is the first woman and first African-American to represent SC Senate District 22. Follow Mia on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at “MiaforSC” or visit her website, www.miaforSC.com.
In honor Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10, Senator McLeod will speak on the issues of education reform.