The Charleston Republican has been speaker of the House since 2005
Age: 54; born in Orangeburg
Family: Wife, Cathy; two children
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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
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