John E. Courson

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John E. Courson
John E. Courson 2009.jpg
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 20th District
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1944-11-21) November 21, 1944 (age 72)
Columbia, South Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth
Profession insurance
Religion Episcopalian

John E. Courson is an American politician. He serves as a Republican member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 20th District since 1985.[1]


Early life[edit]

John Courson was born on November 21, 1944.[1] He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1968.[1]


He served as Senior Vice President of Keenan & Suggs.[1]

He has served as a Republican state senator for South Carolina since 1985.[1] He was elected President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate on March 13, 2012.[1][2] He 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.[3] He was indicted on ethics charges for mishandling campaign funds.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Elizabeth Poinsett Exum, and they have three children: James Poinsett, Elizabeth Boykin, and Harris Russell.[1] He is Episcopalian.[1]


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