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Joel Lourie is a businessman who resides in Columbia with his wife Becky and two children. Joel has been a SC State Senator since 2004. Prior to that, he served six years in the SC House of Representatives. He is a Board member of the National Federation of the Blind, Reconnecting Communities and Schools Coalition, March of Dimes - Midlands Chapter, and the SC Safe Kids Coalition. He received his BA from the University of South Carolina.