Joyce Dickerson

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Joyce Dickerson
Joyce Dickerson.jpg
Chair of the Richland County Council
Assumed office
January 2017
Preceded byTorrey Rush
Member of the Richland County Council
Assumed office
January 2005
Personal details
Born (1945-06-14) June 14, 1945 (age 74)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMidlands Technical College
Benedict College (BA)

Joyce Dickerson (born June 14, 1945) is an American author and politician from the U.S. state of South Carolina. She is currently serving her third term as a Richland County Councilwoman.

Early life and career[edit]

Dickerson originally from Savannah, Georgia, moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1975 after her husband retired from the United States Air Force. After moving to South Carolina, she attended Benedict College, graduating cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration, and Midlands Technical College, graduating with an Associate's degree in Psychology. She worked as a compliance auditor, retiring in 2006.

Dickerson has been active in Democratic politics since the 1980s. She ran unsuccessfully for the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. She was elected to the Richland County Council in 2004, and has also served as State and Regional Director of the National Federation of Women Legislators, becoming Chair of NFWL in 2011. She currently serves on the National Order for Women Legislators (NOWL) Telecommunication and Technology Task Force. Dickerson has also been active as a representative of Richland County on the National Multi Modal Transportation Steering Committee (NMMTSC), and served a two-year term on the Federal Communications Commission's Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. She is also a past President of the Women of the National Association of Counties and is a former Chairwoman of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

U.S. Senate Campaign[edit]

In October 2013, Dickerson announced that she would challenge Senator Tim Scott for his seat in the November 2014 election. Dickerson defeated her primary opponents with 67% of the vote before losing the race to Scott in the General Election.[7]

Writings by Joyce Dickerson[edit]

  • Dickerson, Joyce (2010). A Tribute to 101 Incredible Women of Distinction Who Influenced My Life from My House to the White House. Xlibris. ISBN 978-1450094511.[self-published source]


  1. ^ "Joyce Dickerson". Richland Online. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson running for U.S. Senate seat". Columbia Daily. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ "Candidates- U.S. Senate". Word 106.3. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ "Senator Allen Installed as Chair of National Foundation for Women Legislators". Senate NJ. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  5. ^ "3 Democrats seek chance at Senate seat". Greenville Online. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson (SC)- Immediate Past Chair, NFWL and Immediate Past President, NOWL". Women Legislators. Archived from the original on June 15, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  7. ^ "Joyce Dickerson wins Democratic primary, to face Tim Scott in November". June 10, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2013.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Alvin Greene
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from South Carolina
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Thomas Dixon