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State Senator Margie Bright Matthews has served in the South Carolina State Senate since 2016, representing District 45. Her district includes Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.



Senator Bright Matthews is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Class of 1985, as well as a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, Class of 1989.


As a proud lifelong resident of Walterboro, she opened her own law firm in her hometown where she still practices.


In 2015, she was elected to her current seat in the State Senate in a special election.


During her time in the State Legislature, Senator Bright Matthews has established herself as a leading voice on women’s rights, fighting for criminal justice reform, and improving public education for children across South Carolina.


She serves on the Corrections and Penology, Family and Veterans' Services, Judiciary, Medical Affairs, and Transportation Committees.


Margie Bright Matthews is married to her husband of over 20 years, Patrick. She has four daughters, Jessica, Patrice, Meredith, and Mattison.

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