South Carolina House of Representatives

Last updated
South Carolina
House of Representatives
South Carolina General Assembly
Seal of the House of Representatives of South Carolina.jpg
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 12, 2021
Leadership
Jay Lucas (R)
since December 2, 2014
Speaker Pro Tempore
Tommy Pope (R)
since December 2, 2014
Majority Leader
Gary Simrill (R)
since December 6, 2016
Minority Leader
J. Todd Rutherford (D)
since January 8, 2013
Structure
Seats124
SC House of Reps Seating by Party.svg
Political groups
Majority
  •    Republican (81)

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle III, South Carolina Constitution
Salary$10,400/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2018
(124 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
South Carolina House chamber, Columbia, SC IMG 4755.JPG
House of Representatives Chamber
South Carolina State House
Columbia, South Carolina
Website
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.

Contents

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.

History

In Colonial times, there was a Commons House of Assembly. [1]

Qualifications and terms

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. [2] Representatives must be 21 years of age before they are eligible to become a representative. [3]

Composition

AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
Beginning of 2021-22 Session81431240
Latest voting share

Leadership

South Carolina House of Representatives Officers
PositionNameParty
Speaker Jay Lucas Republican
Majority Leader Gary Simrill Republican
Minority Leader Todd Rutherford Democratic

Current members

DistrictRepresentative [4] PartyResidence
1 Bill Whitmire Rep Walhalla
2 Bill Sandifer III Rep Seneca
3Jerry T. CarterRep Central
4 Davey Hiott Rep Pickens
5 Neal Collins Rep Easley
6 W. Brian White Rep Anderson
7 Jay West Rep Belton
8 Jonathon D. Hill Rep Townville
9 Anne Thayer Rep Belton
10 West Cox Rep Piedmont
11 Craig A. Gagnon Rep Abbeville
12 J. Anne Parks Dem Greenwood
13 John R. McCravy III Rep Hodges
14 Stewart Jones Rep Laurens
15 JA Moore Dem Goose Creek
16 Mark N. Willis Rep Fountain Inn
17 Mike Burns Rep Taylors
18 Tommy Stringer Rep Greer
19 Patrick Haddon Rep Greenville
20 Adam Morgan Rep Greenville
21 Bobby Cox Rep Greer
22 Jason Elliott Rep Greenville
23 Chandra Dillard Dem Greenville
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
28 Ashley Trantham Rep Mauldin
29 Dennis Moss Rep Gaffney
30 Steve Moss Rep Blacksburg
31 Rosalyn Henderson-Myers Dem Spartanburg
32 Max Hyde Rep Spartanburg
33Travis A. MooreRep Spartanburg
34Roger A. NuttRep Spartanburg
35 Bill Chumley Rep Woodruff
36 Merita Ann Allison Rep Lyman
37 Steven Wayne Long Rep Boiling Springs
38 Josiah Magnuson Rep Campobello
39 Cal Forrest Rep Monetta
40 Rick Martin Rep Newberry
41 Annie McDaniel Dem Winnsboro
42 Doug Gilliam Rep Union
43 Randy Ligon Rep Chester
44Sandy N. McGarryRep Lancaster
45 Brandon Michael Newton Rep Lancaster
46 Gary Simrill Rep Rock Hill
47 Tommy Pope Rep York
48 Bruce Bryant Rep Rock Hill
49 John Richard C. King Dem Rock Hill
50 Will Wheeler Dem Bishopville
51 J. David Weeks Dem Sumter
52Victor M. DabneyRep Camden
53 Richie Yow Rep Chesterfield
54 Pat Henegan Dem Bennettsville
55 Jackie E. Hayes Dem Dillon
56 Tim McGinnis Rep Myrtle Beach
57 Lucas Atkinson Dem Marion
58 Jeff Johnson Rep Conway
59 Terry Alexander Dem Florence
60 Phillip Lowe Rep Florence
61 Roger K. Kirby Dem Lake City
62 Robert Q. Williams Dem Darlington
63 Jay Jordan Rep Florence
64Kimberly O. JohnsonDem Manning
65 Jay Lucas Rep Hartsville
66 Gilda Cobb-Hunter Dem Orangeburg
67 G. Murrell Smith Jr. Rep Sumter
68 Heather Ammons Crawford Rep Myrtle Beach
69 Chris Wooten Rep Lexington
70 Wendy Brawley Dem Sumter
71 Nathan Ballentine Rep Chapin
72 Seth Rose Dem Columbia
73 Christopher R. Hart Dem Columbia
74 Todd Rutherford Dem Columbia
75 Kirkman Finlay III Rep Columbia
76 Leon Howard Dem Columbia
77 Kambrell Garvin Dem Columbia
78 Beth Bernstein Dem Columbia
79 Ivory Torrey Thigpen Dem Columbia
80Jermaine JohnsonDem Eastover
81 Bart T. Blackwell Rep Aiken
82 Bill Clyburn Dem Aiken
83 Bill Hixon Rep North Augusta
84 Melissa Lackey Oremus Rep Aiken County
85 Chip Huggins Rep Columbia
86 Bill Taylor Rep Aiken
87 Paula Rawl Calhoon Rep Lexington
88Robert MayRep West Columbia
89 Micah Caskey Rep West Columbia
90 Justin Bamberg Dem Bamberg
91 Lonnie Hosey Dem Barnwell
92 Joseph Daning Rep Goose Creek
93 Russell Ott Dem St. Matthews
94Gil GatchRep Summerville
95 Jerry Govan Jr. Dem Orangeburg
96Donald McCabeRep Pelion
97 Mandy Kimmons Rep St. George
98 Chris Murphy Rep North Charleston
99 Marvin Smith Rep Charleston
100 Sylleste Davis Rep Moncks Corner
101 Cezar McKnight Dem Kingstree
102 Joseph H. Jefferson Dem Pineville
103 Carl Anderson Dem Georgetown
104 William Bailey Rep North Myrtle Beach
105 Kevin Hardee Rep Loris
106 Russell Fry Rep Surfside Beach
107Thomas BrittianRep Myrtle Beach
108 Lee Hewitt Rep Murrells Inlet
109Deon TedderDem North Charleston
110 William S. Cogswell Jr. Rep Charleston
111 Wendell Gilliard Dem Charleston
112Joseph BustosRep Isle of Palms
113 Marvin R. Pendarvis Dem North Charleston
114 Lin Bennett Rep Charleston
115 Spencer Wetmore [5] Dem Folly Beach
116Chardale MurrayDem Hollywood
117 Krystle Matthews Dem North Charleston
118 Bill Herbkersman Rep Bluffton
119 Leon Stavrinakis Dem 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
124 Shannon Erickson Rep Beaufort

Party composition over time

Year Democratic
Party
Republican
Party
Independent
/ Other
Majority
186500124124
186814110096
1870010024(a)76
187222102080
187409133(b)58
1876646004
187812130118
188012040116
188211860112
188411950114
188612040116
188812130118
189011590106
189212040116
1894104317(c)87
1896–
1900
12310122
1902–
1960
12400124
19611231 [6] [7] 0122
196212400124
196412310122
196610717090
196811950114
1970113110102
197210321082
197410816092
1976112120100
197810816092
198010816092
198210519086
19849628068
19869232060
19888836052
19908044036
19927450024
19945470016
19965371018
19985767010
20005371018
20025173022
20045074024
20065173022
20085173022
20104876028
20124678032
20144678032
20164480036
20184480035
2020 [8] 4281039

(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.

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