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.
House of Representatives
|South Carolina General Assembly|
New session started
|January 12, 2021|
Speaker pro tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, South Carolina Constitution|
|Salary||$10,400/year + per diem|
|November 2024 |
|House of Representatives Chamber|
South Carolina State House
Columbia, South Carolina
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
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.
In Colonial times, there was a Commons House of Assembly.
Qualifications and termsEdit
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. Representatives must be 21 years of age before they are eligible to become a representative.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Beginning of 2023-25 Session[a]||88||36||124||0|
|Expected voting share||71%||29%|
|South Carolina House of Representatives Officers|
|Majority Leader||Davey Hiott||Republican|
|Minority Leader||Todd Rutherford||Democratic|
|Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs||Bill Hixon (R-83)|
|Agriculture||Bill Chumley (R-35)|
|Environmental Affairs||Mike Burns (R-17)|
|Wildlife||Cal Forrest (R-39)|
|Education and Public Works||Shannon Erickson (R-124)|
|K-12||Jeff Bradley (R-123)|
|Higher Education||Tim McGinnis (R-56)|
|Early Childhood||Stewart Jones (R-14)|
|Public Safety||Paula Rawl Calhoon (R-87)|
|Transportation||Adam Morgan (R-20)|
|Motor Vehicles||Doug Gilliam (R-14)|
|Ethics||Jay Jordan (R-63)|
|Interstate Cooperation||Mark N. Willis (R-16)|
|Invitations and Memorial Resolutions||Dennis Moss (R-29)|
|Judiciary||Weston J. Newton (R-45)|
|Constitutional Laws||Jay Jordan (R-63)|
|Criminal Laws||Jeff Johnson (R-58)|
|General Laws||Jason Elliott (R-22)|
|Family, Business, and Probate Law||Beth Bernstein (D-78)|
|Special Laws||John R. McCravy III (R-13)|
|Labor, Commerce and Industry||Bill Sandifer III (R-2)|
|Banking And Consumer Affairs||Joseph H. Jefferson (D-63)|
|Real Estate||Anne Thayer (R-9)|
|Public Utilities||Jay West (R-7)|
|Insurance||Kevin Hardee (R-105)|
|Administration and Regulations||Carl Anderson (D-103)|
|Legislative Oversight||Jeff Johnson (R-58)|
|Economic Development, Transportation, and Natural Resources||Travis Moore (R-33)|
|Education and Cultural Affairs||Tim McGinnis (R-56)|
|Healthcare and Regulatory||Joseph H. Jefferson (D-102)|
|Law Enforcement, Criminal and Civil Justice||Chris Wooten (R-69)|
|Medical, Millitary, Public and Municipal Affairs||Sylleste Davis (R-100)|
|Medical and Health Affairs||Marvin Smith (R-99)|
|Military and Veterans Affairs||Bobby Cox (R-21)|
|Municipal and Public Affairs||Joe Bustos (R-112)|
|Operations and Management||Patrick Haddon (R-19)|
|Regulations and Administration Procedures||Jeff Bradley (R-123)|
|Business, Commerce, and Administration||Terry Alexander (D-59)|
|Education and Public Works||Max Hyde (R-32)|
|Environment and Natural Resources||Mike Burns (R-17)|
|Health and Healthcare Industries||Carl Anderson (R-103)|
|Rules||Anne Thayer (R-9)|
|Ways and Means||Bruce W. Bannister (R-24)|
|Constitutional Budget||Chris Murphy (R-98)|
|High Education Budget||Nathan Ballentine (R-71)|
|Public Education Budget||Bill Whitmire (R-1)|
|Business, Commerce, and Administration Budget||Bill Herbkersman (R-118)|
|Economic Development Budget||Leon Stavrinakis (D-119)|
|Criminal Justice Budget||Phillip Lowe (R-60)|
|Transportation and Regulatory Budget||Heather Ammons Crawford (R-68)|
|Proviso Budget||Dennis Moss (R-29)|
|Economic Development Legislative||Micah Caskey (R-89)|
|General Government Legislative||Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-95)|
|License, Fee and Other Taxes Legislative||Todd Rutherford (D-74)|
|Property Tax Legislative||Lee Hewitt (R-108)|
|Sales & Use Tax and Income Tax Legislative||Brandon Michael Newton (R-45)|
|Revenue Policy Legislative||Bruce W. Bannister (R-24)|
Party composition over timeEdit
(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.
- Members were sworn in December 6, 2022; session begins January 10, 2023.
- Effective January 2023
- "General Assembly".
- "South Carolina Legislature Online - House of Representatives". www.scstatehouse.gov. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "Candidate Qualifications - SCVotes". www.scvotes.org. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "South Carolina Legislature Online". SC Statehouse.gon. South Carolina Government. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
- Kropf, Schuyler (August 11, 2020). "Democrats flip SC state House seat with win on James Island". Post and Courier.
- "Standing Comittees of the South Carolina House of Representatives". Retrieved February 2, 2023.
- Republican Charles Evans Boineau Jr., who was elected in an August 1961 special election
- "University Libraries - University Libraries - University of South Carolina". library.sc.edu. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "South Carolina Election Results". New York Times. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
- South Carolina House of Representatives
- Project Vote Smart – State House of South Carolina links to each Representative