Mark Hammond (American politician)
|41st Secretary of State of South Carolina|
January 15, 2003
|Governor||Mark Sanford (2003–2011)
Nikki Haley (2011–present)
|Preceded by||Jim Miles|
|Spartanburg County, South Carolina Clerk of Courts|
1997 – January 15, 2003
|Preceded by||Ken Huckaby|
|Succeeded by||Marc Kitchens|
November 29, 1963 |
Lancaster, South Carolina
|Alma mater||Newberry College (B.A.)
Clemson University (M.A.)
Early life and career
Mark Hammond was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, and grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Following graduation from Dorman High School in Spartanburg, he attended Newberry College, graduating with a B.A. in political science in 1986. Two years later, he earned an M.A. in education from Clemson University. He began his professional career as a juvenile probation officer for the South Carolina Department of Youth Services. From 1990 to 1996, he served as a criminal investigator for the Spartanburg County, South Carolina-based 7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office. In 1996, he was elected as Clerk of Courts for Spartanburg County, and was the first Republican to serve in that post since Reconstruction. Hammond succeeded Democrat Ken Huckaby, who had served four terms since 1977. He was elected to a second term in 2000.
Secretary of State
In 2002, he was elected as South Carolina's 41st Secretary of State, after defeating two other candidates in the Republican primary, and winning over 600,000 votes in the general election. He was sworn in on January 15, 2003. Governor Mark Sanford appointed Marc Kitchens to succeed Hammond in the Spartanburg County clerk of courts office.
In addition to his duties as Secretary of State, he also serves as Co-Chairman of International Relations Committee on Business Services.
He was re-elected in 2006, winning 61% of the vote, the largest margin of victory in a contested statewide election in South Carolina history.
In 2010, Hammond defeated his opponent with 60.9% of the vote.
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- "Lt. Gov., state officers also sworn in Wednesday". WIS. January 16, 2003. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
- "Kitchens resigns, issues apology following arrest". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. February 3, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
- Reid, Charles F. (2011). South Carolina Legislative Manual. p. 338.
- "South Carolina Election Results". The New York Times.
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