Since November 2018, Chris Shefelton has worked as a research aide assisting Mr. Harpootlian with his service in the South Carolina Senate. Chris is a native of Jonesboro, Arkansas. He received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in Community Development from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Richard A. Harpootlian, Chris worked in state and local politics in Arkansas and Tennessee on partisan and nonpartisan elections. More recently, he worked for a nonpartisan nonprofit organization educating college students in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia about the importance of voting and registering them to do the same. He volunteers as the outreach director for the Young Democrats of the Central Midlands. Chris was recently engaged to his wonderful fiancée, Rachel Cole, a mental health counselor at Hammond School. They look forward to making Columbia their new home.