South Carolina Senate

South Carolina Senate

The South Carolina Senate is the upper house of the South Carolina General Assembly, the lower house being the South Carolina House of Representatives. It consists of 46 senators elected from single member districts for four-year terms at the same time as United States Presidential elections.

The South Carolina Constitution of 1895 provided for each county to elect one senator for a four-year term. The election of senators was staggered so that half of the state Senate was elected every two years. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1964 for the case "Reynolds v. Sims", the state Senate was reapportioned in 1966 as a temporary measure into 27 districts with 50 members for two-year terms. In 1967, the state Senate was again reapportioned, this time into 20 districts with 46 members for four-year terms. The number of districts was reduced to 16 in 1972 and in 1984, they were eliminated with the creation of single member districts.

Make-up of South Carolina Senate


Lieutenant Governor André Bauer (R) is the President of the Senate, Glenn F. McConnell (R-Charleston) is the President Pro Tempore, and John W. Drummond (D-Greenwood County) is the President Pro Tempore Emeritus.

Members of the South Carolina Senate

Except as noted, all Senators were elected in November 2004. All terms expire in November 2008.

(1) Elected in 2006 special election.
(2) Elected in 2007 special election.
1Thomas C. AlexanderRepublicanWalhalla
2Larry A. MartinRepublicanPickens
3Kevin L. BryantRepublicanAnderson
4William H. O'DellRepublicanGreenwood
5Lewis R. Vaughn (1)RepublicanGreer
6Michael L. FairRepublicanGreenville
7Ralph AndersonDemocratGreenville
8David L. ThomasRepublicanGreenville
9Daniel B. Verdin IIIRepublicanLaurens
10John W. DrummondDemocratNinety Six
11Glenn G. ReeseDemocratInman
12John D. HawkinsRepublicanSpartanburg
13James H. Ritchie, Jr.RepublicanSpartanburg
14Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.RepublicanGaffney
15Robert W. Hayes, Jr.RepublicanRock Hill
16Chauncey K. GregoryRepublicanLancaster
17Linda H. ShortDemocratChester
18Ronnie W. CromerRepublicanProsperity
19Kay PattersonDemocratColumbia
20John E. CoursonRepublicanRichland County
21Darrell JacksonDemocratHopkins
22Joel LourieDemocratColumbia
23John M. Knotts, Jr.RepublicanWest Columbia
24W. Greg RybergRepublicanAiken
25A. Shane Massey (2)RepublicanEdgefield
26Nikki G. SetzlerDemocratWest Columbia
27Vincent A. SheheenDemocratCamden
28Dick ElliottDemocratNorth Myrtle Beach
29Gerald MalloyDemocratHartsville
30Kent M. WilliamsDemocratMarion
31Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr.RepublicanFlorence
32J. Yancey McGillDemocratKingstree
33Luke A. RankinRepublicanMyrtle Beach
34Raymond E. Cleary IIIRepublicanMurrells Inlet
35Phil P. LeventisDemocratSumter
36John C. Land IIIDemocratManning
37Lawrence K. GroomsRepublicanBonneau
38Randy ScottRepublicanSummerville
39John W. Matthews, Jr.DemocratBowman
40C. Bradley HuttoDemocratOrangeburg
41Glenn F. McConnellRepublicanCharleston
42Robert FordDemocratCharleston
43George E. Campsen IIIRepublicanIsle of Palms
44Paul G. Campbell, Jr. (2)RepublicanGoose Creek
45Clementa C. PinckneyDemocratRidgeland
46Catherine C. Ceips (2)RepublicanBeaufort

Past Make-up of the Senate

(a) The election of a Democrat from Abbeville was declared void and the seat remained vacant. (b) All 7 were members of the Conservative Party of South Carolina. (c) After the 2000 elections, the Senate was evenly split between 23 Democrats and 23 Republicans. A Democrat, J. Verne Smith of Greer, switched to the Republicans to break the tie. (d) Republicans gained an additional seat in a 2007 special election. The current party makeup is 27 Republicans and 19 Democrats.

External links

* [ South Carolina State House Online]
** [ South Carolina Legislative Information Tracking System] allows users to track legislative information via custom reports, tracking lists or subscription services. Services are provided via web search or Palm Pilot.
* [ The South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus]
* [ The South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus]
* [ Project Vote Smart - State Senate of South Carolina]

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