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Mandy Powers Norrell
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Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 44th district
In office
December 4, 2012 – December 31, 2020
Preceded byJames Neal
Succeeded bySandy McGarry
Personal details
Mandy Powers

(1973-07-12) July 12, 1973 (age 49)
Lancaster, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mitchell Norrell (1995–present)
EducationFurman University (BA)
University of South Carolina, Columbia (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

Mandy Powers Norrell (born July 12, 1973) is an American lawyer, politician and former Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Norrell formerly represented House District 44, which comprises the southern portion of Lancaster County. Norrell is an attorney and licensed to practice in both North and South Carolina, in South Carolina State and Federal Courts, and in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to her election into the South Carolina House of Representatives Norrell was the city attorney for the City of Lancaster from 1999 through 2012, and Town Attorney for the Town of Kershaw, South Carolina from 2010 through 2012.

Early life, education and career

Mandy Powers Norrell was born in 1973 in Lancaster, South Carolina, the daughter of Beverly B. and the late Carl R. Powers. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Furman University in 1995. Powers Norrell received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1997, from which she also graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Wig and Robe. Norrell has been a practicing attorney since 1997. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Lancaster, South Carolina, and a partner at Norrell and Powers Norrell, LLC.[1]

South Carolina House of Representatives

Mandy Powers Norrell was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives on November 6, 2012, to succeed James M. Neal.[2] She was sworn into office on December 4, 2012.[3]

Committee assignments

• Agricultural, Natural Resources, and Environmental Affairs Committee

In 2016 she gave the official Democratic response to Governor Nikki Haley's State of the State address.[4]

On May 5, 2018, James Smith selected her as his Lieutenant Governor running mate in his bid for Governor of South Carolina in the 2018 election, but they were defeated by Governor Henry McMaster and his running mate, Pamela Evette, on November 6, 2018.

Norell was defeated for reelection in November 2020.

Personal life

Mandy Powers Norrell married fellow attorney Mitchell A. Norrell on March 18, 1995. Together they have two children; Powers Thaddeus and Emma Ross.[5] Norrell and her family reside in Lancaster, South Carolina.

Controversial Army–Navy Game remark

Following the Army–Navy Game on December 14, 2019, Norrell sent a tweet accusing players of making "white power" hand gestures. Officials from the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy investigated the incident and cleared the accused cadets and midshipmen of wrongdoing. Norrell deleted the tweet and apologized.[6][7]

Notes/further reading


  1. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography".
  2. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography".
  3. ^ "Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Statewide Session". Journal of the House of Representatives. Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina General Assembly. December 4, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
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  5. ^ "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography".
  6. ^ Calicchio, Dom (2019-12-25). "South Carolina Democrat apologizes for 'white power' remarks after Army, Navy personnel cleared of racist intent". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  7. ^ Schechter, Maayan (2019-12-24). "SC Lawmaker Apologizes to Military Cadets Over Use of 'OK' Hand Sign". Retrieved 2020-03-03.