Bobby Harrell and Hugh Leatherman biographies

March 7, 2010 

BOBBY HARRELL

The Charleston Republican has been speaker of the House since 2005

Age: 54; born in Orangeburg

Family: Wife, Cathy; two children

Occupation: State Farm Insurance agent; owner of Palmetto State Pharmaceuticals

Education: Bachelor's degree, University of South Carolina

Political experience: Elected to the House in 1992; House majority leader, 1997-1999; House Ways and Means chairman, 1999-2005; elected speaker 2005

HUGH LEATHERMAN

The Florence Republican has been Senate Finance chairman since 2001.

Age: 78; born in Lincoln County, North Carolina

Family: Wife, Jean; six children

Education: Bachelor's degree, North Carolina State University

Occupation: President of Leacon, a development company

Political experience: Elected to the S.C. Senate in 1980 as a Democrat; switched to the Republican Party in 1995; former chairman of the Republican Senate caucus

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service