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Ralph Anderson (politician)

Ralph Anderson (November 2, 1927 – November 30, 2019) was a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 7th District from 1997–2013. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, Anderson served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1991–1997.

Ralph Anderson
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 7th district
In office
Succeeded byKarl B. Allen
Personal details
Born(1927-11-02)November 2, 1927
Greenville, South Carolina
DiedNovember 30, 2019(2019-11-30) (aged 92)
Greenville, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
EducationAllen University
Howard University


Ralph Anderson received his education from the following institutions:

  • BA, Allen University, 1949
  • Graduate Studies, Howard University[1]

Political ExperienceEdit

Ralph Anderson had the following political experience:

  • Senator, South Carolina State Senate, 1997–2013
  • Representative, South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1991–1997
  • Council Member, City of Greenville, 1983–1991
  • Board of Directors, Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, 1983–1985
  • City of Greenville Zoning Board, 1982–1983
  • Commissioner, Greenville Civil Service Commission, 1969–1973[1]

Legislative CommitteesEdit

Ralph Anderson was a member of the following committees:

  • Corrections and Penology, Member
  • Education, Member
  • Finance, Member
  • Medical Affairs, Member
  • Transportation, Member
  • Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees
  • Board Member, Community Planning Council
  • Member, Greenville Civil Service Commission
  • Representative of the City, Greenville Housing Authority Board[1]

Professional ExperienceEdit

Ralph Anderson had the following professional experience:

  • Retired
  • Postmaster, United States Postal Service, 1970–1983
  • Non-Commissioned Officer, United States Army, Fort Jackson/Germany, 1950–1952[1]


Ralph Anderson was a member of the following organizations:

  • President, Board of Directors, Phyllis Wheatley Center, 1985–1991
  • Member, Municipal Association of South Carolina, 1986–1988
  • Staffer, Family Counseling Services, 1983–1986
  • Board Member, Greenville Young Men's Christian Association, 1969–1973
  • Executive Member, Appalachian Council of Governments
  • Member, Greenville Regional Board of Directors, BB&T Bank
  • Board Member, Community Foundation of Greater Greensville, Incorporated
  • Member, Freemasons
  • First Vice President, Greenville Chapter, NCAAP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Saint Anthony's Catholic School, Greenville
  • Board Member, Senior Action of Greenville County
  • Board Member, Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources[1]


On March 21, 2012, Anderson announced he would not seek re-election.[2] He died on November 30, 2019, at age 92.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Senator Ralph Anderson's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  2. ^ Walton, E Richard (March 21, 2012). "Sen. Ralph Anderson won't seek reelection". Greenville News. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  3. ^ "Former State Sen. Ralph Anderson passes away". WYFF. November 30, 2019. Retrieved November 30, 2019.

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