House of Representatives
|South Carolina General Assembly|
New session started
|January 12, 2021|
Speaker Pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, South Carolina Constitution|
|Salary||$10,400/year + per diem|
| November 3, 2018 |
|November 5, 2024|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
South Carolina State House
Columbia, South Carolina
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
The South Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Carolina General Assembly. It consists of 124 representatives elected to two year terms at the same time as U.S. congressional elections.
Unlike many legislatures, seating on the floor is not divided by party, but is arranged by county delegation. This is a legacy of the original apportionment of the chamber. Until 1964, each of South Carolina's counties was a legislative district, with the number of representatives determined by the county's population. It meets from the second week of January into May.
In Colonial times, there was a Commons House of Assembly.
Representatives are considered part-time citizen legislators who serve two-year terms. Representatives are elected at-large by their district, and there are no term limits.Representatives must be 21 years of age before they are eligible to become a representative.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Beginning of 2021-22 Session||81||43||124||0|
|Latest voting share||65.32%||34.68%|
|South Carolina House of Representatives Officers|
|Majority Leader||Gary Simrill||Republican|
|Minority Leader||Todd Rutherford||Democratic|
|2||Bill Sandifer III||Rep||Seneca|
|3||Jerry T. Carter||Rep||Central|
|6||W. Brian White||Rep||Anderson|
|8||Jonathon D. Hill||Rep||Townville|
|11||Craig A. Gagnon||Rep||Abbeville|
|12||J. Anne Parks||Dem||Greenwood|
|13||John R. McCravy III||Rep||Hodges|
|15||JA Moore||Dem||Goose Creek|
|16||Mark N. Willis||Rep||Fountain Inn|
|24||Bruce W. Bannister||Rep||Greenville|
|25||Leola C. Robinson-Simpson||Dem||Greenville|
|26||Raye Felder||Rep||Fort Mill|
|27||Garry R. Smith||Rep||Simpsonville|
|33||Travis A. Moore||Rep||Spartanburg|
|34||Roger A. Nutt||Rep||Spartanburg|
|36||Merita Ann Allison||Rep||Lyman|
|37||Steven Wayne Long||Rep||Boiling Springs|
|44||Sandy N. McGarry||Rep||Lancaster|
|45||Brandon Michael Newton||Rep||Lancaster|
|46||Gary Simrill||Rep||Rock Hill|
|48||Bruce Bryant||Rep||Rock Hill|
|49||John Richard C. King||Dem||Rock Hill|
|51||J. David Weeks||Dem||Sumter|
|52||Victor M. Dabney||Rep||Camden|
|55||Jackie E. Hayes||Dem||Dillon|
|56||Tim McGinnis||Rep||Myrtle Beach|
|61||Roger K. Kirby||Dem||Lake City|
|62||Robert Q. Williams||Dem||Darlington|
|64||Kimberly O. Johnson||Dem||Manning|
|67||G. Murrell Smith Jr.||Rep||Sumter|
|68||Heather Ammons Crawford||Rep||Myrtle Beach|
|73||Christopher R. Hart||Dem||Columbia|
|75||Kirkman Finlay III||Rep||Columbia|
|79||Ivory Torrey Thigpen||Dem||Columbia|
|81||Bart T. Blackwell||Rep||Aiken|
|83||Bill Hixon||Rep||North Augusta|
|84||Melissa Lackey Oremus||Rep||Aiken County|
|87||Paula Rawl Calhoon||Rep||Lexington|
|88||Robert May||Rep||West Columbia|
|89||Micah Caskey||Rep||West Columbia|
|92||Joseph Daning||Rep||Goose Creek|
|93||Russell Ott||Dem||St. Matthews|
|95||Jerry Govan Jr.||Dem||Orangeburg|
|97||Mandy Kimmons||Rep||St. George|
|98||Chris Murphy||Rep||North Charleston|
|100||Sylleste Davis||Rep||Moncks Corner|
|102||Joseph H. Jefferson||Dem||Pineville|
|104||William Bailey||Rep||North Myrtle Beach|
|106||Russell Fry||Rep||Surfside Beach|
|107||Thomas Brittian||Rep||Myrtle Beach|
|108||Lee Hewitt||Rep||Murrells Inlet|
|109||Deon Tedder||Dem||North Charleston|
|110||William S. Cogswell Jr.||Rep||Charleston|
|112||Joseph Bustos||Rep||Isle of Palms|
|113||Marvin R. Pendarvis||Dem||North Charleston|
|115||Spencer Wetmore||Dem||Folly Beach|
|117||Krystle Matthews||Dem||North Charleston|
|120||Weston J. Newton||Rep||Bluffton|
|121||Michael F. Rivers Sr.||Dem||St. Helena Island|
|122||Shedron D. Williams||Dem||Hampton|
|123||Jeff Bradley||Rep||Hilton Head Island|
| Independent |
(a) 21 were members of the Union Reform Party of South Carolina and the other 3 were Independents from Anderson. Two of the Union Reform members from Chesterfield were later replaced by Republicans from a resolution passed in the House.
(b) All 33 were members of the Conservative Party of South Carolina.
(c) All 17 were Independent Democrats.
The United Citizens Party (UCP) was first organized in 1969 in the U.S. state of South Carolina in response to the state Democratic Party's opposition to nominating black candidates. The party's objective was to elect blacks to the legislature and local offices in counties with black majority populations. The party ran candidates in 1970 and 1972; as a result in 1970 the first three black candidates were elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives since Reconstruction.
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The South Carolina Republican Party is the affiliate of the national Republican Party in South Carolina. It is one of the two major political parties within the state, along with the South Carolina Democratic Party.
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Ivory Torrey Thigpen is an American politician. He is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 79th District, serving since 2016. He is a member of the Democratic party.
Russell W. Fry is an American politician. He is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 106th District, serving since 2015. He is a member of the Republican party.
Lee Hewitt is an American politician. He is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 108th District, serving since 2018. He is a member of the Republican party.
William Scott Cogswell Jr. is an American politician. He is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 110th District, serving since 2016. He is a member of the Republican party.
Jeffrey A. Bradley is an American politician. He is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 123rd District, serving since 2014. He is a member of the Republican party.
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