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  • Patsy Knight was born in Conway, the daughter of a minister, Rev. B.C. Gleaton and his wife. Because of her father’s ministry, her family lived in many parts of South Carolina and Patsy attended schools in: Loris; Charleston; Fort Mill; Harleyville. Patsy learned many things from her father including the importance of service and respecting others.
    Patsy married Roy Alton Knight of Dorchester County where they lived, worked and raised their family.

    Patsy remains committed to her district, throughout the communities and region she understands that government must be limited and focused on the needs of the people, and not any personal ambitions or wants. She learned these lessons from her parents, and they are lessons that she has passed down to her family.
    Patsy lives by her motto, “We must all work together to move District 97 forward as well as South Carolina”.

  • Patsy Knight was the owner-operator of Knight’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service where she learned the importance of budgeting and being fiscally responsible. She brought this sound and commonsense business approach to the operations of their convenience store located outside of Harleyville off I-26. She helped establish and operate that business, while at the same time managing their family farm. During these ownership and management experiences she learned how to manage and deal with crises small businesses face. She also learned the impact of having a job and providing job opportunities for individuals within the communities.
    With these past experiences Patsy gained first-hand knowledge of small business challenges and developing solutions needed to succeed. Patsy is an advocate for the needs of the small business communities.

  • Patsy Knight currently serves District 97, as a full-time legislator, committed to the families and people living in Dorchester and Colleton counties. Her understanding of the political process and her ability to solve problems stemming from her current position, and as Dorchester County Treasurer has served her well. During her tenure as County Treasurer, she took the innovative steps to move the office from manual to a digital electronic process, which ultimately saved taxpayers’ time and money thus a more efficient system. Her innovative thinking became a model for County Treasurers across the state.

    Upon the request of Governor Mark Sanford, Patsy worked with South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles Director, Marcia Adams, to bring successful effort to modernize both offices and make it more efficient and effective for all South Carolinians. Their efforts created a one-stop-shop ability for residents to pay vehicles taxes, receive their county tax receipt and DMV decal and registration in an efficient process.

    Patsy remains a humbled and committed public servant, who understands that leaders must put the needs of people above anything else. Her views on public service are grounded in her commitment to family, church, and community. She continues to take a commonsense and practical approach to find the solutions to our challenges.

    Patsy remains committed to her district, throughout the communities and region she understands that government must be limited and focused on the needs of the people, and not any personal ambitions or wants. She learned these lessons from her parents, and they are lessons that she has passed down to her family.

    Patsy lives by her motto, “We must all work together to move District 97 forward as well as South Carolina”.

  • Legislative Organizations
    • House Democratic Caucus 2007-present (Treasurer, 2007)
    • South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus (GAWC)
    • Women in Government
    • House Arts Caucus
    • Rural Caucus
    • Sportsman Caucus
    • Honorary Member, Civil Air Patrol
    • Member, House- Education and Public Works (EPW) Committee 2017-

    Sub Committee-Higher Education 2017-

    Sub Committee-Motor Vehicle 2017-

    Ad Hoc Committee on Competency Based Education and Education Reform 2017-

    • Joint Legislative Committee to Study Services, Programs and Facilities for Aging 2017 – present
    • House Operations and Management Committee (Blatt Building)

    Sub Committee: Legislative Aide (Blatt Building)

    • Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee 2007-2016

    Sub Committee: Wildlife 2007-2012

    Sub Committee: Environmental Affairs II 2013-2016


    Other

    Local and Governmental Associations and Awards

    • Member of Indian Field United Methodist Church
    • Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce
    • Tri-County Chamber Commerce
    • Dorchester County Chapter Outstanding Female State Employee, 1988
    •  Clemson University Palmetto Leadership Graduate 1988
    • Local Government Records Advisory Council
    • South Carolina Association of Counties Member (SCAC), 1981-2006

    South Carolina Association of Counties Member (SCAC), Executive Board member and Treasurer, 1984-2006

    • South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) Member 1981-2006

    South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) Vice President 2000-2001

    South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) President 2001-2002

    • Prestigious South Carolina Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors (SCATT) L.H. “Sonny” Siau” Award of Excellence 2004
    • Charter Member, St. George Rotary International District #7770
    • Charter Member, American Business Women’s Association of St. George Chapter
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