Mandy Powers Norrell was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, the daughter of the late Beverly B. and Carl R. Powers. She was educated in Lancaster County public schools, and paid for college by working in her local textile mill. Mandy is a graduate of Furman University, cum laude, and the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, cum laude. Mandy always knew that her calling was to represent the people of her hometown and surrounding areas and that is what she has been doing since she finished law school in 1997. She practices law at Norrell & Powers Norrell in Lancaster, along with her husband, Mitch. She was the Democratic Candidate for SC Lt Governor in 2018 and has served in the SC House of Representatives since 2012 – 2020, where she served as First Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus, Treasurer of the SC Legislative Women’s Caucus, as well as on the Legislative Oversight Committee.
Mandy is a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina Bar Associations, Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. She has also been a municipal attorney for such towns as Lancaster, Kershaw, and Heath Springs for the past 21 years.
Affiliations include: South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association 1999-present; Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, Vice-Chairman, 2008-present; University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Board of Directors, 2003-2012. She is member of the Order of the Coif and the order of the Wig and Robe. She is a past Legislator of the Year for the SC Sierra Club, the Lancaster County NAACP, the the SC Social Workers Association. And she has recently been named Woman of the Year by Emerge SC and was the 2019 Green Tie Honoree of Conservation Voters of SC.
In 1995 Mandy married Mitchell A. Norrell, who is her best friend and law partner. Mandy and Mitch have two children, Powers Thaddeus (a Junior at Duke University) and Emma Ross Isabella (a high school senior at the SC Governors School for the Arts).