GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission will present the Greenwood SC Chamber’s annual Legislative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 4 at Piedmont Technical College, 620 N. Emerald Road in the Self Conference Center. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program and breakfast from 8-9:30 a.m. The breakfast will feature members of Greenwood’s legislative delegation and special guest speaker State Sen. Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin III.

Verdin will provide a legislative preview of several issues for the upcoming 2020 legislative session, including education reform, the fiscal budget, medical affairs, and an update on Santee Cooper. “All Greenwood delegation legislators have been confirmed to be in attendance,” said Angelle LaBorde, Chamber CEO. Delegation members include Sens. Mike Gambrell and Floyd Nicholson, and state Reps. John McCravy, Anne Parks and Stewart Jones. Legislators will share their thoughts about the upcoming legislative session and discuss legislation pertinent to Greenwood and the state. Attendees are encouraged to present their concerns during a Q&A session at the end of the meeting.

Verdin was first elected to the SC Senate in 2000 and represents Laurens and Greenville counties. He serves as chairman of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee and previously served as chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee from 2007-18.

Verdin owns and operates Verdin’s Farm and Garden Center in Laurens, a family-run business he founded in 1991. Prior to establishing his own business, he served in Gov. Carroll Campbell’s administration as an agricultural and natural resources policy advisor.

He is a resident of South Carolina and is married to the former Kim Owens of Charleston. They have four children and two grandchildren.

According to LaBorde, everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to interact directly with their state senators and representatives. “Important political issues are debated in Columbia almost daily. Legislation and regulations that will impact citizens across our state are being enacted. This venue provides business owners a chance to listen to, and ask questions of the people making decisions on our behalf.”

The cost to attend the meeting is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required to guarantee seating and seating is limited. Registration is available at GreenwoodSCchamber.org or call 864-889-9313.

Submitted by Angelle LaBorde