House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, shakes hands with state Representative Leonidas Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, after being elected speaker during a session at the South Carolina State House Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbia, SC.
House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, shakes hands with state Representative Leonidas Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, after being elected speaker during a session at the South Carolina State House Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbia, SC. Gavin McIntyre gmcintyre@thestate.com
House Speaker Jay Lucas, R-Darlington, shakes hands with state Representative Leonidas Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, after being elected speaker during a session at the South Carolina State House Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbia, SC. Gavin McIntyre gmcintyre@thestate.com

Avery G. Wilks covers the S.C. State House and politics at The State, focusing on the most important problems facing South Carolina and her people. He grew up in Chester, S.C., and graduated from the University of South Carolina’s top-ranked Honors College in 2015.