South Carolina State Senate
|South Carolina General Assembly|
New session started
|January 12, 2021|
President of the Senate
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, South Carolina Constitution|
|Salary||$10,400/year + per diem|
|November 3, 2020|
|November 5, 2024|
|State Senate Chamber|
South Carolina State House
Columbia, South Carolina
|South Carolina State Senate|
The South Carolina Senate is the upper house of the South Carolina General Assembly, the lower house being the South Carolina House of Representatives. It consists of 46 senators elected from single member districts for four-year terms at the same time as United States presidential elections.
The South Carolina Constitution of 1895 provided for each county to elect one senator for a four-year term. The election of senators was staggered so that half of the state Senate was elected every two years. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1964 for the case Reynolds v. Sims , the state Senate was reapportioned in 1966 as a temporary measure into 27 districts with 50 members for two-year terms. In 1967, the state Senate was again reapportioned, this time into 20 districts with 46 members for four-year terms. The number of districts was reduced to 16 in 1972 and in 1984, they were eliminated with the creation of single member districts.
The annual session of the General Assembly convenes at the State Capitol Building in Columbia on the second Tuesday of January of each year. However, after convening, either the House or the Senate may call for itself a 30-day recess by a majority vote, or a longer recess by a two-thirds vote.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Latest voting share||65.2%||34.8%||100%|
Except as noted, all Senators were elected in November 2020 and terms began on January 12, 2021. All terms expire in January 2025.
|1||Thomas C. Alexander||Republican||Walhalla|
|4||Michael Gambrell||Republican||Honea Path|
|5||Thomas D. Corbin||Republican||Travelers Rest|
|7||Karl B. Allen||Democratic||Greenville|
|14||Harvey S. Peeler Jr.||Republican||Gaffney|
|15||Wes Climer||Republican||Rock Hill|
|17||Mike Fanning||Democratic||Great Falls|
|19||John L. Scott Jr.||Democratic||Columbia|
|24||Tom Young Jr.||Republican||Aiken|
|25||A. Shane Massey||Republican||Edgefield|
|26||Nikki G. Setzler||Democratic||West Columbia|
|28||Greg Hembree||Republican||North Myrtle Beach|
|30||Kent M. Williams||Democratic||Marion|
|32||Ronnie A. Sabb||Democratic||Greeleyville|
|33||Luke A. Rankin||Republican||Myrtle Beach|
|34||Stephen Goldfinch||Republican||Murrells Inlet|
|36||Kevin L. Johnson||Democratic||Manning|
|43||Chip Campsen||Republican||Isle of Palms|
|44||Brian Adams||Republican||Goose Creek|
|45||Margie Bright Matthews||Democratic||Charleston|
| Independent |
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