Laura Russell graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. degree and a Certificate in Special Event Planning. Upon graduation, she started her career in public service by working for the Florida Senate serving Senate President Jeff Atwater and Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff. She currently works with her family's company, Cheney Brothers, an independent food distribution company. Laura is the immediate past president of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches and serves on the National Board of Directors for the FSU Alumni Association. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Laura now lives in Jupiter with her husband, Byron and step daughters Skyler and Regan.