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Harrell re-elected S.C. House speaker

Staff Report
Published Dec. 5, 2012

Members of the South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously re-elected Bobby Harrell, a Charleston Republican, to another term as House speaker.

Bobby Harrell
Bobby Harrell
The election of officers was one of the first actions taken by the newly elected House during its two-day organization session.

All of the previous session's officers sought re-election, and were returned to office.

First elected House speaker in 2005, Harrell has been a member of the House representing District 114 in Charleston and Dorchester counties since 1992.

"I tell folks all the time, I have two of the best jobs on the planet — and it just so happens that they are both jobs that require a pretty rigorous re-application process every two years,” Harrell said in a statement released by his office.

"Giving a voice to our friends and neighbors as their representative while also being allowed to serve my fellow House members as their speaker are two positions I am extremely honored and humbled to hold,” he said.

The House also elected the following officers:

  • Speaker Pro Tempore James H. “Jay” Lucas, representing District 65 in Chesterfield, Darlington, Kershaw and Lancaster counties
  • Clerk Charles F. Reid
  • Sergeant-at-Arms Mitchell G. Dorman
  • Reading Clerk James L. M. Cromer Jr.
  • Chaplin Charles E. Seastrunk Jr.
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