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James Todd Rutherford (born October 10, 1970 in Columbia, South Carolina) is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 74th District since 1999. He is the Minority Leader of the House.[1]

Todd Rutherford
Minority Leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives
Assumed office
January 8, 2013
Preceded byHarry L. Ott Jr.
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 74th district
Assumed office
December 1, 1998
Preceded byAlma W. Byrd
Personal details
James Todd Rutherford

(1970-10-10) October 10, 1970 (age 48)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Naida Harris
(m. 2008; div. 2017)
EducationHoward University (BA)
University of South Carolina, Columbia (JD)


Early life and educationEdit

Rutherford graduated from W.J. Keenan High School in 1988. Rutherford earned his bachelor's degree from Howard University and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Before attending law school, Rutherford worked as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Robin Tallon in 1992–1993. After passing the bar, he worked as an assistant solicitor and special prosecutor of narcotic and drug cases in the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's office.

South Carolina General AssemblyEdit

He was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1998 to represent House District 74. In 2004 he was reelected to his fourth term in that position. From 1998–2002 he sat on the house Military, Medical and Municipal Affairs Commission and in 2002 he was moved to the House Judiciary Commission where he now sits on the Criminal Laws Sub-committee. He was named Young Democrat of the year in 1999. As of the 2015–2016 session he is the Minority Leader of the state House of Representatives.

In 2007 Rutherford introduced a bill to replace the Confederate battle flag with the South Carolina state flag, except for May 10 which is Confederate Memorial Day. However, the bill never received a hearing.[2] In June 2015 he said he would reintroduce a bill to remove the flag from the Capitol grounds.[3] However, the version of the bill that was ultimately passed originated in the Senate.[4]


  1. ^ "Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford". South Carolina Legislature online. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  2. ^ Adcox, Seanna (June 20, 2015). "South Carolina legislator: Take down Confederate flag". AP. WoodTV8. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ Warner, Kelsey (June 20, 2015). "Mitt Romney joins call for South Carolina to remove Confederate flag". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Bills: S897". South Carolina General Assembly, 121st Session, 2015–2016. Retrieved 10 July 2015.

External linksEdit

  • [1] official SC House website]
  • Follow the Money – J. Todd Rutherford
South Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harry L. Ott Jr.
Minority Leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives