A S.C. House member is resigning to become a magistrate in his home county.
State Rep. Seth Whipper, D-Charleston, says he will step down in August to become a Charleston County magistrate.
Whipper said he would miss working with his colleagues at the State House but is looking forward to hearing cases at the local level.
Whipper has been in the House since 1995.
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A special election will be held to fill the remaining year on his House term.
S.C. Democratic Party chairman Trav Robertson praised Whipper for his desire to serve the people of the state.