Senator Floyd Nicholson Named Legislator of the Year
The South Carolina Human Service Providers Association named Senator Floyd Nicholson Legislator of the Year. Each year the SCHSPA recognizes a member of the Senate and House of Representatives for their support of people with disabilities and special needs in South Carolina.
Members of the SCHSPA Upstate presented Senator Nicholson the award Monday. Jimmy Burton, legislative committee member of the SCHSPA, stated, “Senator Nicholson’s relationship with people with disabilities and special needs goes back to the 70’s and he has been involved most of his life. He has clearly demonstrated his commitment to people with disabilities. It is with sincere appreciation that we acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of this champion for South Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens. We appreciate all that he has done over the years to enhance the quality of life for these individuals in the State of South Carolina.”
The South Carolina Human Services Provider Association (SCHSPA) consists of a network of 45 providers who support individuals with intellectual, head and spinal cord injuries and autism throughout South Carolina. The SCHSPA represents over 25,000 individuals and their families who receive services and support through members of SCHSPA. In addition, these providers employ 7,000 highly skilled and dedicated staff who are committed to improving the quality of life of each person receiving services.
Senator Nicholson, a native of Greenwood, has served in the South Carolina Senate representing District 10 (Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick and Saluda Counties) since 2008. He serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Corrections & Penology Committee, the Education Committee, Invitations Committee, Medical Affairs Committee and Rules Committee.
Senator Nicholson is a retired educator and served as Mayor of Greenwood for 14 years. He is a graduate of South Carolina State College and did graduate work at Clemson University. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Government and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Lander University.
Senator Nicholson is a member and past Chairman of the Upper Savannah Council of Governments, a former member of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance Board, the Piedmont Technical College Foundation Board of Directors, Self Regional Healthcare Foundation, past president of the South Carolina Municipal Association and former board member, and past campaign chair for United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties. He is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Deacons. He and his wife, Mamie, have three sons Antonio, Anthony and Floyd Michael and two daughters-in-law, Nancie and Tameka.
“Most of all I want to thank you for what you do for people with special needs. As a community and nation we need to do everything we can to make sure they have the best quality of life. They are our responsibility and I am happy they are here at Burton Center and other programs across the state. I commend you all for what you have done in the past, what you are doing now and in the future,” stated Senator Nicholson.
Pictured: L to R: Jimmy Burton, Executive Director of Burton Center Board for Disabilities and Special Needs; Senator Nicholson; Elaine Thena, Executive Director of Pickens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board; Jerrel Lynn King, Executive Director of Anderson County Disabilities and Special Needs Board; and Laurie Cordell, Deputy Director of Burton Center.