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 – 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
RepublicanDemocraticVacant
Beginning of 2021-22 Session81431240
Latest voting share65.32%34.68%

Leadership

South Carolina House of Representatives Officers
PositionNameParty
SpeakerMurrell SmithRepublican
Majority LeaderDavey HiottRepublican
Minority LeaderTodd RutherfordDemocratic

Current members

DistrictRepresentative[4]PartyResidence
1Bill WhitmireRepWalhalla
2Bill Sandifer IIIRepSeneca
3Jerry CarterRepCentral
4Davey HiottRepPickens
5Neal CollinsRepEasley
6W. Brian WhiteRepAnderson
7Jay WestRepBelton
8Jonathon D. HillRepTownville
9Anne ThayerRepBelton
10West CoxRepPiedmont
11Craig A. GagnonRepAbbeville
12J. Anne ParksDemGreenwood
13John R. McCravy IIIRepHodges
14Stewart JonesRepLaurens
15JA MooreDemGoose Creek
16Mark N. WillisRepFountain Inn
17Mike BurnsRepTaylors
18Alan MorganRepGreer
19Patrick HaddonRepGreenville
20Adam MorganRepGreenville
21Bobby CoxRepGreer
22Jason ElliottRepGreenville
23Chandra DillardDemGreenville
24Bruce W. BannisterRepGreenville
25Leola C. Robinson-SimpsonDemGreenville
26Raye FelderRepFort Mill
27Garry R. SmithRepSimpsonville
28Ashley TranthamRepMauldin
29Dennis MossRepGaffney
30Steve MossRepBlacksburg
31Rosalyn Henderson-MyersDemSpartanburg
32Max HydeRepSpartanburg
33Travis MooreRepSpartanburg
34Roger NuttRepSpartanburg
35Bill ChumleyRepWoodruff
36Merita Ann AllisonRepLyman
37Steven Wayne LongRepBoiling Springs
38Josiah MagnusonRepCampobello
39Cal ForrestRepMonetta
40Rick MartinRepNewberry
41Annie McDanielDemWinnsboro
42Doug GilliamRepUnion
43Randy LigonRepChester
44Sandy McGarryRepLancaster
45Brandon Michael NewtonRepLancaster
46Gary SimrillRepRock Hill
47Tommy PopeRepYork
48Bruce BryantRepRock Hill
49John Richard C. KingDemRock Hill
50Will WheelerDemBishopville
51J. David WeeksDemSumter
52Vic DabneyRepCamden
53Richie YowRepChesterfield
54Pat HeneganDemBennettsville
55Jackie E. HayesDemDillon
56Tim McGinnisRepMyrtle Beach
57Lucas AtkinsonDemMarion
58Jeff JohnsonRepConway
59Terry AlexanderDemFlorence
60Phillip LoweRepFlorence
61Roger K. KirbyDemLake City
62Robert Q. WilliamsDemDarlington
63Jay JordanRepFlorence
64Kimberly JohnsonDemManning
65Jay LucasRepHartsville
66Gilda Cobb-HunterDemOrangeburg
67G. Murrell Smith Jr.RepSumter
68Heather Ammons CrawfordRepMyrtle Beach
69Chris WootenRepLexington
70Wendy BrawleyDemSumter
71Nathan BallentineRepChapin
72Seth RoseDemColumbia
73Christopher R. HartDemColumbia
74Todd RutherfordDemColumbia
75Kirkman Finlay IIIRepColumbia
76Leon HowardDemColumbia
77Kambrell GarvinDemColumbia
78Beth BernsteinDemColumbia
79Ivory Torrey ThigpenDemColumbia
80Jermaine JohnsonDemEastover
81Bart T. BlackwellRepAiken
82Bill ClyburnDemAiken
83Bill HixonRepNorth Augusta
84Melissa Lackey OremusRepAiken County
85Chip HugginsRepColumbia
86Bill TaylorRepAiken
87Paula Rawl CalhoonRepLexington
88RJ MayRepWest Columbia
89Micah CaskeyRepWest Columbia
90Justin BambergDemBamberg
91Lonnie HoseyDemBarnwell
92Joseph DaningRepGoose Creek
93Russell OttDemSt. Matthews
94Gil GatchRepSummerville
95Jerry Govan Jr.DemOrangeburg
96Ryan McCabeRepPelion
97Robby RobinsRepSt. George
98Chris MurphyRepNorth Charleston
99Marvin SmithRepCharleston
100Sylleste DavisRepMoncks Corner
101Cezar McKnightDemKingstree
102Joseph H. JeffersonDemPineville
103Carl AndersonDemGeorgetown
104William BaileyRepNorth Myrtle Beach
105Kevin HardeeRepLoris
106Russell FryRepSurfside Beach
107Case BrittainRepMyrtle Beach
108Lee HewittRepMurrells Inlet
109Deon TedderDemNorth Charleston
110William S. Cogswell Jr.RepCharleston
111Wendell GilliardDemCharleston
112Joe BustosRepIsle of Palms
113Marvin R. PendarvisDemNorth Charleston
114Lin BennettRepCharleston
115Spencer Wetmore[5]DemFolly Beach
116Chardale MurrayDemHollywood
117Krystle MatthewsDemNorth Charleston
118Bill HerbkersmanRepBluffton
119Leon StavrinakisDemCharleston
120Weston J. NewtonRepBluffton
121Michael F. Rivers Sr.DemSt. Helena Island
122Shedron D. WilliamsDemHampton
123Jeff BradleyRepHilton Head Island
124Shannon EricksonRepBeaufort

Party composition over time

YearDemocratic
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]4381038

(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.

References

  1. ^ “General Assembly”.
  2. ^ “South Carolina Legislature Online – House of Representatives”. www.scstatehouse.gov. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  3. ^ “Candidate Qualifications – SCVotes”. www.scvotes.org. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  4. ^ “South Carolina Legislature Online”. SC Statehouse.gon. South Carolina Government. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  5. ^ Kropf, Schuyler (August 11, 2020). “Democrats flip SC state House seat with win on James Island”. Post and Courier.
  6. ^ Republican Charles Evans Boineau Jr., who was elected in an August 1961 special election
  7. ^ “University Libraries – University Libraries – University of South Carolina”. library.sc.edu. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  8. ^ “South Carolina Election Results”. New York Times. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2020.

Additional sources

  • Reynolds, John S. (1969). Reconstruction in South Carolina. Negro University Press. ISBN 0-8371-1638-4.
  • Kalk, Bruce H. (2001). The origins of the southern strategy: two-party competition in South Carolina, 1950–1972. Lexington Books. ISBN 0-7391-0242-7.

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