House of Representatives
|South Carolina General Assembly|
New session started
|January 8, 2019|
Speaker Pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article III, South Carolina Constitution|
|Salary||$10,400/year + per diem|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
South Carolina State House
Columbia, South Carolina
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
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.
Unlike many legislatures, seating on the floor is not divided by party, but is arranged by county delegation. This is 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 terms
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 2019-20 Session||78||45||123||1|
|Latest voting share||62.9%||36.29%|
|South Carolina House of Representatives Officers|
|Majority Leader||Gary Simrill||Republican|
|Minority Leader||Todd Rutherford||Democratic|
(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.
- As of August 2020, Democrats flipped district 115 in a special election and there is one vacancy.
- "South Carolina Legislature Online - House of Representatives". www.scstatehouse.gov. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- "Candidate Qualifications - SCVotes". www.scvotes.org. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
- Kropf, Schuyler (August 11, 2020). "Democrats flip SC state House seat with win on James Island". Post and Courier.
- 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.
- Reynolds, John S. (1969). Reconstruction in South Carolina. Negro University Press. ISBN 0-8371-1638-4.
- Kalk, Bruce H. (2001). The origins of the southern strategy: two-party competition in South Carolina, 1950–1972. Lexington Books. ISBN 0-7391-0242-7.
- South Carolina House of Representatives
- Project Vote Smart – State House of South Carolina links to each Representative