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​Larry and Carol used their small savings and started their first business, a gas station and convenience store in the town of St. Stephen. They took a risk, worked hard, and maintained an entreprenurial spirit. Over time, they grew their modest investment into a chain of successful convenience stores and restuarants. 

As business grew, Larry became more frustrated with government red tape and overreaching regulation and decided to do something about it. In 1997, Larry decided to run for the state senate and was told that he would never win. He persisted and believed in his message of limited government, individual liberties, and personal responsibility. The voters agreed and Larry was elected.

Larry represents district 37, which includes parts of Charleston and Berkeley counties. He is the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and a member of the Agricultural and Natural Resources, and Finance Committees. He is the founder and chairman of the South Carolina Legislative Prayer Caucus. 

Larry is a leader in the Senate who gets things done. His accomplishments have earned him the title "Conservative's Conservative" by the State Newspaper. 

Larry met his wife, Carol, while the two were students at Clemson University. Having a strong love for their families, and deepy-held faith, the two married soon after graduation. Larry and Carol live in Daniel Island and have three boys, Taylor, Hayden, and Jack.