John E. Courson

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John E. Courson
John E. Courson 2009.jpg
President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate[1]
In office
March 13, 2012 – June 4, 2014
Preceded byGlenn F. McConnell
Succeeded byJ. Yancey McGill
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 20th District
In office
December 15, 1985 – June 4, 2018
Succeeded byDick Harpootlian
Personal details
Born (1944-11-21) November 21, 1944 (age 74)
Columbia, South Carolina
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Exum

John E. Courson is a former American politician. He served as a Republican member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 20th District from 1985 to 2018. He resigned after pleading guilty to a common law misconduct charge in office. [2]

Career and Early Life[edit]

John Courson was born on November 21, 1944 and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1968.He has served as a Republican state senator for South Carolina from 1985-2018. He was elected President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate on March 13, 2012, [3] but resigned this office on June 4, 2014 to avoid becoming Lieutenant Governor, a weak position that needed to be filled for six months before a new Lieutenant Governor was elected in 2014.[4]

In March 2017, Courson was indicted on ethics charges for mishandling campaign funds and subsequently suspended from office.[5] He resigned June 4, 2018 after pleading guilty to such charges. [6]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Elizabeth Poinsett Exum, and they have three children: James Poinsett, Elizabeth Boykin, and Harris Russell. He is Episcopalian.


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