Speaker Spotlight: Sen. Shane Massey
Senator Shane Massey will be the keynote speaker at the Chamber's breakfast meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 a.m. at RADIUS Church. The senator will be addressing the various things that did and did not happen in the legislature this session. This breakfast is
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Shane Massey is the State Senator for District 25 – Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda Counties. First elected in a 2007 special election, Shane ran for the Senate with a promise to work as hard as possible to shake up the status quo in Columbia. He’s kept that commitment by holding more than 130 town hall meetings across the district, providing weekly legislative updates, and constantly fighting the Columbia establishment with his speeches and votes.
Energetic and passionate about public service, Shane has worked hard to hold state government accountable:
- Shane was among a small group of senators that pushed successfully for recorded votes on all legislation in 2011.
- Shane helped push a new law to require voters to show photo ID at the polls in order to ensure the integrity of our elections.
- Shane spoke out forcefully – and often – about deficits at several government agencies and South Carolina State University. That leadership led to a change in the law to prevent deficit spending in the future.
- Shane has been the Senate’s primary voice for regulatory reform, demanding that state agencies follow the law and making sure that regulations protect the public without burdening business and people.
- Shane was the only Senator to speak out against the concentration of too much power in one individual when he opposed the election of Sen. Hugh Leatherman as Senate President Pro Tempore.
Shane believes that working to improve his community is a requirement of citizenship. He has served as Chairman of Edgefield County’s First Steps Board and as a mentor and tutor at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School. He and Blair are attorney coaches for the award-winning mock trial team at Strom Thurmond High School. Additionally, Shane is an active member of the Aiken SERTOMA Club, the Edgefield Lions Club, the Edgefield County United Way, the Johnston Development Board, and the Upper Savannah Council of Government’s Board of Directors.
Shane was selected as a Liberty Fellow in 2009 and a Rodel Fellow in 2015. In 2014, the Washington Post selected Shane as one of the top 40 rising stars among state-level elected officials under the age of 40 across the county.
A graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, Clemson University, and the USC School of Law, Shane and works as an attorney in Edgefield. He and his wife, Blair, have two children and live in Edgefield. They attend Providence Baptist Church in Johnston, where Blair is active with children’s ministry and Shane has taught several Sunday School classes and has served his church as a Deacon.