Ralph Anderson (politician)

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Ralph Anderson
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 7th district
In office
1996 - 2013
Succeeded by Karl B. Allen
Personal details
Born (1927-11-02) November 2, 1927 (age 89)
Greenville, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Geraldine

Ralph Anderson (born November 11, 1927 in Greenville, South Carolina) was a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 7th District from 1997-2013. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Anderson served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1991-1997.


Ralph Anderson received his education from the following institutions:

  • BA, Allen University, 1949
  • Graduate Studies, Howard University[1]

Political Experience[edit]

Ralph Anderson has had the following political experience:

  • Senator, South Carolina State Senate, 1997–2013
  • Representative, South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1991-1997
  • Council Member, City of Greenville, 1983-1991
  • Board of Directors, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 1983-1985
  • City of Greenville Zoning Board, 1982-1983
  • Commissioner, Greenville Civil Service Commission, 1969-1973[1]

Current Legislative Committees[edit]

Ralph Anderson has been a member of the following committees:

  • Corrections and Penology, Member
  • Education, Member
  • Finance, Member
  • Medical Affairs, Member
  • Transportation, Member
  • Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees
  • Board Member, Community Planning Council
  • Member, Greenville Civil Service Commission
  • Representative of the City, Greenville Housing Authority Board[1]

Professional Experience[edit]

Ralph Anderson has had the following professional experience:

  • Retired
  • Postmaster, United States Postal Service, 1970-1983
  • Non-Commissioned Officer, United States Army, Fort Jackson/Germany, 1950-1952[1]


Ralph Anderson has been a member of the following organizations:

  • President, Board of Directors, Phyllis Wheatley Center, 1985-1991
  • Member, Municipal Association of South Carolina, 1986-1988
  • Staffer, Family Counseling Services, 1983-1986
  • Board Member, Greenville Young Men's Christian Association, 1969-1973
  • Executive Member, Appalachian Council of Governments
  • Member, Greenville Regional Board of Directors, BB&T Bank
  • Board Member, Community Foundation of Greater Greensville, Incorporated
  • Member, Freemasons
  • First Vice President, Greenville Chapter, NCAAP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Saint Anthony's Catholic School, Greenville
  • Board Member, Senior Action of Greenville County
  • Board Member, Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources[1]


On March 21, 2012, Anderson announced he would not seek re-election.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Senator Ralph Anderson's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Walton, E Richard (21 March 2012). "Sen. Ralph Anderson won't seek reelection". Greenville News. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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