Nick Theodore

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Nick Theodore
Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore of SC.jpg
85th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 14, 1987 – January 11, 1995
Governor Carroll Campbell
Preceded by Michael Daniel
Succeeded by Bob Peeler
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 6th district
In office
January 8, 1985 – January 14, 1987
Preceded by Proportional representation
Succeeded by Sam Stilwell
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 13, 1981 – January 8, 1985
Preceded by Charles Garrett
Succeeded by Nell Smith
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 10, 1967 – January 14, 1969
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Charles Garrett
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 21st district
In office
January 14, 1975 – January 11, 1977
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Philip Bradley
Personal details
Born (1928-09-16) September 16, 1928 (age 88)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Emilie Demosthenes
Children Drew
Stephanie
Alma mater University of Georgia
Furman University
Religion Greek Orthodoxy

Nick Andrew Theodore (born September 16, 1928) is a former politician from South Carolina. He was a State representative from 1963 to 1966 and 1970 to 1978, a South Carolina state senator from 1967 to 1968 and 1981 to 1986, and the 85th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 1987 to 1995. He is a member of the Democratic Party.[1]

Theodore attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 1952 from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts. He spent a total of 24 years serving in the South Carolina state legislature before being elected in 1986 to the office of Lieutenant Governor having beaten Republican Congressman Thomas F. Hartnett to the position. He served two full terms in that post under Republican Governor Carroll Campbell.

Ironically, it was fellow Greenville resident Campbell who, in 1978, had defeated Theodore in an election to the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th congressional district, one of famed political strategist Lee Atwater's first major triumphs. Despite this history, and the differences in their political philosophies and party affiliations, Campbell and Theodore worked together quite effectively during their two terms in office, and remained friendly with each other.

At the conclusion of Campbell's two terms in office, Theodore ran for Governor in 1994, defeating Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. to secure the Democratic nomination. Theodore lost to Campbell's protégé David Beasley, however, in the general election.

Four years later in 1998 he tried to regain his former post as Lt. Governor but lost in the general election to incumbent Bob Peeler (R).

In 2002, Theodore came out of a quasi-retirement to accept an interim appointment to the South Carolina Public Service Commission, ending in 2004. In 2006, his son, Drew Theodore, became the Democratic nominee for the statewide office of Comptroller General.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bailey, N. Louise, Morgan, Mary L., and Taylor, Carolyn R., Biographical Directory of the South Carolina State Senate: 1776-1985, v. III (1986). pp. 1589-1591, University of South Carolina Press, ISBN 0-87249-489-6.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Daniel
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
1986, 1990
Succeeded by
Liz Patterson
Preceded by
Theo Mitchell
Democratic nominee for Governor of South Carolina
1994
Succeeded by
Jim Hodges
Preceded by
Liz Patterson
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
1998
Succeeded by
Phil Leventis
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Daniel
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
1987–1995
Succeeded by
Bob Peeler