Laurie Lewis Barnhart was born and raised in North Carolina. Laurie grew up on a berry farm-Lewis Nursery & Farms, which her Dad founded in 1953 and her brother now operates. Her heart is near and dear to agriculture and rural North Carolina. Laurie graduated from Meredith College in Raleigh with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. Laurie is the North Carolina Executive Director for Conservatives for Clean Energy. Laurie also lobbies for the NC State Grange-an agriculture/rural based membership organization. Prior to this role she worked for Rep. Craig Horn at the NC General Assembly. Laurie is married to Jeff Barnhart, a Senior VP with McGuireWoods.