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March 7, 2010

Bobby Harrell and Hugh Leatherman biographies

Age: 54; born in Orangeburg

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

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