South Carolina House of Representatives

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South Carolina
House of Representatives
South Carolina General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 8, 2013
Leadership
Vacant
since October 23, 2014
Speaker pro Tempore
Jay Lucas (R)
since November 17, 2010
Majority Leader
Bruce W. Bannister (R)
since December 4, 2012
Minority Leader
J. Todd Rutherford (D)
since January 8, 2013
Structure
Seats 124
Composition of the South Carolina House of Representatives
Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article III, South Carolina Constitution
Salary $10,400/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 6, 2014
(124 seats)
Next election
November 4, 2012
(124 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
South Carolina House chamber, Columbia, SC IMG_4755.JPG
House of Representatives Chamber
South Carolina State House
Columbia, South Carolina
Website
South Carolina House of Representatives

The South Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Carolina General Assembly, the upper house being the South Carolina Senate. It consists of 124 Representatives elected to two year terms at the same time as US Congressional elections.

Unlike many legislatures, seating on the floor is not divided by party, but is arranged by county delegation. This is a legacy of the original apportionment of the chamber. Until 1964, each county was a legislative district, with the number of representatives determined by the county's population.

Composition[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
Previous Legislature (2009–2011) 72 51 123 1
Begin[1] 75 47 122 2
December 14, 2010[2] 76 123 1
April 6, 2011[3] 48 124 0
May 29, 2011[4] 75 123 1
September 27, 2011[5] 76 124 0
January 8, 2013[6] 78 46 124 0
Latest voting share 62.90% 37.10%

Leadership[edit]

South Carolina House of Representatives Officers
Position Name Party
Speaker Vacant none
Majority Leader Bruce W. Bannister Republican
Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford Democratic

Current members[edit]

District Representative Party Residence
1 Bill Whitmire Rep Walhalla
2 Bill Sandifer, III Rep Seneca
3 B. R. Skelton Rep Six Mile
4 Davey Hiott Rep Pickens
5 Phillip Owens Rep Easley
6 W. Brian White Rep Anderson
7 Michael Gambrell Rep Honea Path
8 Don Bowen Rep Anderson
9 Anne Thayer Rep Belton
10 Joshua A. Putnam Rep Piedmont
11 Craig A. Gagnon Rep Abbeville
12 J. Anne Parks Dem Greenwood
13 R. Shannon Riley Rep Hodges
14 Michael Pitts Rep Laurens
15 Samuel Rivers, Jr. Rep Goose Creek
16 Mark N. Willis Rep Fountain Inn
17 Mike Burns Rep Taylors
18 Tommy Stringer Rep Greer
19 Dwight Loftis Rep Greenville
20 Dan Hamilton Rep Greenville
21 Phyllis Henderson Rep Greer
22 Wendy Nanney Rep Greenville
23 Chandra Dillard Dem Greenville
24 Bruce W. Bannister Rep Greenville
25 Leola C. Robinson-Simpson Dem Greenville
26 Raye Felder Rep Fort Mill
27 Garry R. Smith Rep Simpsonville
28 Eric Bedingfield Rep Mauldin
29 Dennis Moss Rep Gaffney
30 Steve R. Moss Rep Blacksburg
31 Harold Mitchell, Jr. Dem Spartanburg
32 Derham Cole Rep Spartanburg
33 Eddie Tallon Rep Spartanburg
34 Michael Forrester Rep Spartanburg
35 Bill Chumley Rep Woodruff
36 Merita Ann Allison Rep Lyman
37 Donna H. Wood Rep Boiling Springs
38 Doug Brannon Rep Landrum
39 Ralph Shealy Kennedy, Jr. Rep Leesville
40 Walton McLeod Dem Little Mountain
41 MaryGail K. Douglas Dem Winnsboro
42 Michael A. Anthony Dem Union
43 Greg Delleney Rep Chester
44 Mandy Powers Norrell Dem Lancaster
45 Deborah Long Rep Indian Land
46 Gary Simrill Rep Rock Hill
47 Tommy Pope Rep York
48 Ralph Norman Rep Rock Hill
49 John Richard C. King Dem Rock Hill
50 Grady Brown Dem Bishopville
51 J. David Weeks Dem Sumter
52 Laurie Funderburk Dem Camden
53 Ted Vick Dem Chesterfield
54 Elizabeth Munnerlyn Dem Bennettsville
55 Jackie E. Hayes Dem Dillon
56 Mike Ryhal Rep Myrtle Beach
57 J. Wayne George Dem Mullins
58 Liston Barfield Rep Conway
59 Terry Alexander Dem Florence
60 Phillip Lowe Rep Florence
61 Lester Branham, Jr. Dem Lake City
62 Robert Q. Williams Dem Darlington
63 Kristopher Crawford Rep Florence
64 Robert L. Ridgeway, III Dem Manning
65 Jay Lucas Rep Hartsville
66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Dem Orangeburg
67 George Smith, Jr. Rep Sumter
68 Heather Ammons Crawford Rep Myrtle Beach
69 Rick Quinn Rep Lexington
70 Joseph Neal Dem Hopkins
71 Nathan Ballentine Rep Chapin
72 James E. Smith, Jr. Dem Columbia
73 Christopher R. Hart Dem Columbia
74 J. Todd Rutherford Dem Columbia
75 Kirkman Finlay, III Rep Columbia
76 Leon Howard Dem Columbia
77 Joe McEachern Dem Columbia
78 Beth E. Bernstein Dem Columbia
79 Mia S. McLeod Dem Columbia
80 Jimmy Bales Dem Eastover
81 Don L. Wells Rep Aiken
82 Bill Clyburn Dem Aiken
83 Bill Hixon Rep North Augusta
84 J. Roland Smith Rep Warrenville
85 Chip Huggins Rep Columbia
86 Bill Taylor Rep Aiken
87 Todd Atwater Rep Lexington
88 McLain Toole Rep West Columbia
89 Kenneth Bingham Rep Cayce
90 Bakari Sellers Dem Denmark
91 Lonnie Hosey Dem Barnwell
92 Joseph Daning Rep Goose Creek
93 Russell Ott Dem St. Matthews
94 Jenny Horne Rep Summerville
95 Jerry Govan, Jr. Dem Orangeburg
96 Lawrence Spires Rep Pelion
97 Patsy Knight Dem St. George
98 Chris Murphy Rep North Charleston
99 James Merrill Rep Charleston
100 Edward Southard Rep Moncks Corner
101 Ronnie Sabb Dem Greeleyville
102 Joseph H. Jefferson Dem Pineville
103 Carl Anderson Dem Georgetown
104 Tracy Edge Rep Myrtle Beach
105 Kevin Hardee Rep Loris
106 Nelson Hardwick Rep Surfside Beach
107 Alan D. Clemmons Rep Myrtle Beach
108 Stephen Goldfinch, Jr. Rep Murrells Inlet
109 David Mack Dem North Charleston
110 Chip Limehouse Rep Charleston
111 Wendell Gilliard Dem Charleston
112 Mike Sottile Rep Isle of Palms
113 Seth Whipper Dem North Charleston
114 Vacant Charleston
115 Peter McCoy Rep Charleston
116 Robert Brown Dem Hollywood
117 Bill Crosby Rep North Charleston
118 Bill Herbkersman Rep Bluffton
119 Leon Stavrinakis Dem Charleston
120 Weston J. Newton Rep Bluffton
121 Kenneth Hodges Dem Green Pond
122 William K. Bowers Dem Hampton
123 Andy Patrick Rep Hilton Head Island
124 Shannon Erickson Rep Beaufort

Past compositions[edit]

Year Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Independent
/ Other
Majority
1865 0 0 124 124
1868 14 110 0 96
1870 0 100 24(a) 76
1872 22 102 0 80
1874 0 91 33(b) 58
1876 64 60 0 4
1878 121 3 0 118
1880 120 4 0 116
1902–
1962
124 0 0 124
1964 123 1[7][8] 0 122
1966 107 17 0 90
1968 119 5 0 114
1970 115 9 0 109
1972 107 17 0 90
1974 110 14 0 96
1976 114 10 0 104
1978 111 13 0 98
1980 110 14 0 96
1982 108 16 0 92
1984 102 22 0 80
1986 98 26 0 72
1988 94 30 0 64
1990 89 35 0 54
1992 84 40 0 44
1994 72 52 0 20
1996 54 70 0 16
1998 58 66 0 12
2000 55 69 0 14
2002 51 73 0 22
2004 50 74 0 24
2006 51 73 0 22
2008 52 72 0 20
2010 47 76 0 29
2012 45 78 0 30

(a) 21 were members of the Union Reform Party of South Carolina and the other 3 were Independents from Anderson. Two of the Union Reform members from Chesterfield were later replaced by Republicans from a resolution passed in the House.
(b) All 33 were members of the Conservative Party of South Carolina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Districts 21 and 64 vacant due to the deaths of Bill Wylie and Cathy Harvin, respectively.
  2. ^ http://www.thestate.com/2010/12/14/1605364/voters-pick-sc-house-member.html/ Republican Phyllis Henderson elected to succeed Rep. Bill Wyllie.
  3. ^ Democrat Kevin L. Johnson (District 64) elected to succeed Cathy Harvin (D) [1]
  4. ^ Republican C. David Umphlett, Jr. (District 100) died.
  5. ^ Republican Edward Southard elected to succeed Umphlett.
  6. ^ Beginning of the new legislative session after 2012 elections<.
  7. ^ Republican Charles Evans Boineau, Jr., who was elected in an August 1961 special election
  8. ^ http://library.sc.edu/file/220

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°00′01″N 81°01′59″W / 34.0003°N 81.0331°W / 34.0003; -81.0331