Shannon Erickson, an educator and business owner, was first elected to the SC House of Representatives, District 124, in 2007. Shannon believes in building consensus and coalitions through grassroots citizen involvement and smaller, more accountable government. Representative Erickson serves on the House Ways & Means Committee, where she chairs the Transportation and Regulatory Budget Subcommittee. Shannon previously served on Labor, Commerce & Industry Committee as the Regulation Subcommittee Chair and on the Medical, Military & Municipal Committee. She is a pro-business & pro-environment leader and has been endorsed by NFIB, SC Builders Association, the Electric Cooperative Help Organization, SC Citizens for Life, the Beaufort County & Hilton Head Area Realtors Associations, the NRA, the Conservation Voters of South Carolina and the 2016 SC Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate Award.
A member of the Sportsman's Caucus, the Affordable Housing Caucus, and the General Assembly's Arts Caucus, Representative Erickson is a member and Past Chair of the General Assembly's Women's Caucus and Past Chair of the Republican Women's Leadership Caucus. She served as Chair of the SC House Domestic Violence Reform Task Force which authored, sponsored and passed major reform legislation in 2015. Shannon is proud to have served on the House Sales Tax Reform Committee, the Abstinence Education Study Committee, and has attended the National Governor's Associations Early Childhood Policy Retreat as its legislative delegate. Additionally, she was appointed to the Education Funding Act Task Force and served on the SC Joint Citizen and Legislative Committee on Children appointed by the Speaker of the House for 8 years, serving as Chair and Vice-Chair. Representative Erickson has also been appointed to the bi-partisan SC House Tax Policy Review Committee and has been a Republican Whip for her entire tenure in the House.
Shannon grew up in Florence, SC and graduated from USC-Beaufort with a BA in Early Childhood Education. She and her husband, Kendall F. Erickson, CPA, live in Beaufort. Their daughter & son-in-law, Mariah and Randall Owen, along with their grandsons, Wilson & Smith, reside in the West Ashley area of Charleston. Their son, Joshua Erickson, resides in Mount Pleasant. Shannon is President of Lowcountry Building Blocks, Inc. which owns and operates three Beaufort preschool and child development centers. She is a member and supporter of many local organizations such as the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Lady’s Island Business & Professional Association, the SC Association of Early Care and Education and Beaufort AMI Kids. Shannon and her family are members of St. Peter's Catholic Church.