Amelia was born and raised in Lancaster, SC, and graduated from Lancaster High School. She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg VA with a BA in American History and American Politics, and then received a JD degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA where she was a member of the Moot Court Society.
Following law school, she returned to South Carolina in 1988 and was in private practice in Columbia for several years with a general practice litigation firm. After taking a few years off from the practice of law to engage in the practice of raising children, Amelia returned to work for RBMG as a loan reviewer. She then worked at the SC Administrative Law Court as a law clerk to Judge Carolyn Matthews from 2002—2007.
In March 2007, Amelia moved to the SC Department of Revenue in the Litigation section. Her litigation experience was varied in that she tried tax matters including property, sales and admissions tax cases, as well as regulatory matters such as bingo and alcohol applications and violations.
In October 2011, Amelia took a job in the Local Government/Property section of SC Department of Revenue as the Coordinator of Training and Research, with the responsibility of advising counties on questions which arise from property tax and the administrative process, as well as helping to plan the annually required training for county officials.
She is a member of the SC Women’s Lawyer Association, the SC Association of Assessing Officials, and is a licensed instructor for the SC Real Estate Appraisers Board through LLR.
She is married with three children: Anna graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur GA and Kennesaw State University and is teaching high school in Leroy, Alabama. Macy is a graduate of Winthrop University and is attending Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and Thomas is graduate of Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina and is living in New York City “experiencing life” and preparing for graduate school. In her “spare time,” Amelia enjoys travelling, cooking and reading, as well as lying on the couch with her dog.