Mandy comes from a long line of farmers and share croppers in the Lancaster area, and both of her parents worked for Springs Mills. Mandy was the first in her family to go to college, but that almost didn’t happen when her mom became disabled when she was a teenager. But Mandy got a job at the mill and used that money and student loans to pay for her own education. She worked hard in college, graduated with honors and received a partial scholarship to law school, where she graduated near the top of her class. She married her husband, Mitch, and they came home to Lancaster to practice law and raise their family. Mandy’s children attended the same public schools that she did — Teddy (19, now a freshman at Duke University), and Emma (16, a sophomore at Lancaster High School).
Mandy first ran for office in 2008, in a race for State Senate against Mick Mulvaney. It was during this campaign that she met James Smith, who sent volunteers to Lancaster to help her organize her campaign. She was unsuccessful in that race, but learned a lot and was elected to the SC House in 2012.
She was the City Attorney for the City of Lancaster from 1999 until 2012, and the Town Attorney for the Town of Kershaw from 2010 to 2012. In her private law practice, she practices in the areas of bankruptcy and litigation.