- South Carolina General Assembly
name = South Carolina General Assembly
coa_pic = SouthCarolinastateseal.jpg
session_room = SC State House at evening.jpg
house_type = Bicameral
houses = Senate
House of Representatives
President of the Senate
party1 = (R)
January 15, 2003
Speaker of the House
Robert W. Harrell, Jr.
party2 = (R)
June 21, 2005
members = 170
p_groups = Democratic Party
November 7, 2006
South Carolina State House, Columbia
website = http://www.scstatehouse.net/
The South Carolina General Assembly, also called the "South Carolina Legislature", is the state legislature of the
U.S. stateof South Carolina. The legislature consists of the lower South Carolina House of Representativesand the upper South Carolina Senate. Altogether, the General Assembly consists of 170 members. The legislature convenes at the State House in Columbia.
Prior to the federal "
Reynolds v. Sims" decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the House of Representatives was apportioned so that each county had a number of representatives based on population, with each county guaranteed at least one Representative, while each county had one Senator. Moreover, each county's General Assembly delegation also doubled as its county council.
"Reynolds v. Sims" caused district lines to cross county lines, causing legislators to be on multiple county councils. This led to the passage of the Home Rule Act of 1975, which created county councils that were independent of the General Assembly. However, some functions that in many other states are performed by county governments are still handled by county legislative delegations in South Carolina.
There are 124 members of the South Carolina House of Representatives, who are elected every two years, and the South Carolina Senate has 46 members, elected every four years concurrent to the Presidential election. For both houses, there are no term limits. The General Assembly meets in joint session to elect judges, with all 170 members having an equal vote in such elections.
House of Representatives
*Speaker: Rep. Bobby Harrell (R-
*Speaker "Pro Tempore" : Rep. Doug Smith (R-
*Majority Leader: Rep. Jim Merrill (R-
*Minority Leader: Rep. Harry Ott (D-
St. Matthews, SC)
*President: Lt. Gov.
*President "Pro Tempore" : Sen. Glenn F. McConnell (R-
*President "Pro Tempore Emeritus" : Sen. John W. Drummond (D-
*Majority Leader: Sen. Harvey Peeler (R-
*Minority Leader: Sen. John Land (D-
South Carolina State House
South Carolina House of Representatives
South Carolina Senate
* [http://www.scstatehouse.net/ South Carolina Legislature Online]
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