Mia (Mia) S. McLeod (D-22)

State Senator Mia McLeod

Mia (Mia) S. McLeod (D-22)
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Capitol: 803.212.6016
FAX: 803.212.6299
District: 803.237.9375
Senator
South Carolina State Senate
Room 613 Gressette Building 1101 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
PO Box 290692
Columbia, SC 29229
Residence:Columbia, SC

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Bio

Mia McLeod was born and raised right here in South Carolina, in the city of Bennettsville. She has lived in this state all of her life and her love and support for public education began when she attended the public schools of Marlboro County, along the infamous 'Corridor of Shame.' With the support and guidance of her parents, Mia was able to get a quality educationsomething she believes every child deserves, regardless of where they happen to live or the resources their families may or may not have. When Mia came to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina, she served as a Page at the State House and began to learn about the legislative process. After graduating from USC, she worked in the private sector and learned about government's connection to and impact on the state's business climate, business community and economic development opportunities. She then decided that a legal education would help her 'connect the dots' even more and in 1992, enrolled in the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduating law school, Mia chose to advocate for those who needed a voice in government, but didn't have one. Her legal education and training helped prepare her to advocate for important issues like education, economic development, healthcare, public safety, community development and victims' rights. Now a very proud Mom of two amazing sons, Mia and her family have lived in House District 79 for over 15 years. She loves and fully supports Richland School District Two, and has been actively involved in and with the school district since her sons first enrolled at Rice Creek Elementary, and later Kelly Mill Middle and Ridge View High Schools. An avid writer, Mia has consistently communicated with her constituents through her bold, no-nonsense e-blasts that give subscribers a very different and candid inside view of what's really happening (and what's not) at the State House. She believes that it's important for voters to understand the issues and what's going on behind the scenes. That way, the 'power' is in the hands of the people to elect legislators who truly represent their interests and to hold those legislators accountable. Her communications have become increasingly popular, as citizens across South Carolina grow more frustrated than ever with 'politics as usual.' Never one to shy away from the tough issues, Mia is fighting hard for the people of House District 79 and is determined to be an agent of positive and progressive change, so that our entire state can begin to move forward in a better direction. Mia is a leader who has been recognized as one of South Carolina's 'Top 20 Under 40.' She has actively served on Small Business, Public Relations, Education and Diversity Committees while on the SC Chamber of Commerce's Board and in 2010, earned the distinction of Liberty Fellow, which is affiliated with the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2011, she became a New Deal Leader and in 2012, completed the CALS Leadership Program and the Diversity Leaders Initiative with the Riley Institute at Furman University. She is the first woman to represent House District 79 and the only Democrat to have been elected to the House in 2010 in a 'swing' District. Mia proudly represents House District 79 (Richland County) and lives in Northeast Columbia.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2016    Next Election: 2024
Counties Representing
Kershaw
Richland