Tommy Pope (politician)

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Tommy Pope
Speaker pro tempore of the South Carolina House of Representatives
Assumed office
December 2, 2014
Preceded by Jay Lucas
Member of the South CarolinaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 47th district
Assumed office
2010
Preceded by Herb Kirsh
Solicitor for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of South Carolina
In office
1993–2006
Preceded bySara W. Wade [1]
Succeeded byKevin Brackett [2]
Personal details
Born (1962-07-24) July 24, 1962 (age 58)
Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of South Carolina (BS, JD)

Thomas E. Pope (born July 24, 1962) is an American politician. He currently serves as Pro Tempore within the South Carolina House of Representatives [3] and has served as a South Carolina House Member, from the 47th District, since 2010.

As a member of the Republican Party. Pope previously served as Solicitor (County District Attorney) of the 16th Judicial Circuit in South Carolina, representing the people of Union and York counties from 1993 to 2006. Pope is best known nationally for his prosecution of Susan Smith in 1995 for the drowning death of her two children. He is currently a managing partner of Elrod Pope Law Firm in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

On February 6, 2017, Pope announced his intention to seek South Carolina's 5th congressional district seat in the upcoming special election, due to the resignation of Mick Mulvaney to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

On May 2, 2017, Pope narrowly won the Republican Primary for the U.S. congressional seat, leading by only .3%. [4] On May 16, 2017, Pope lost the runoff against Ralph Norman by 200 votes, or 0.6%. [5] [6]

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References

  1. https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=273096
  2. https://www.countyofunion.org/site/cpage.asp?cpage_id=180008518&sec_id=180003405
  3. "South Carolina Legislature Online - Member Biography".
  4. "South Carolina Election Results: Two Republicans Advance, Democrat Wins in U.S. House Primaries". nytimes.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  5. "Live Election Results: South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District". nytimes.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  6. "Thomas E. "Tommy" Pope - Elrod Pope Law Firm". Elrod Pope Law Firm.
South Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jay Lucas
Speaker pro tempore of the South Carolina House of Representatives
2014–present
Incumbent