Election Changes Makeup of SC Legislature

Date: November 05, 2020

Before the election, Republicans held a 27-19 edge in the state Senate. On Tuesday, the GOP picked up three seats.

In Senate District 10, Republican Billy Garrett unseated incumbent Democrat Floyd Nicholson, and in District 11, Republican Josh Kimbrell defeated incumbent Democrat Glenn Reese. Republican Penry Gustafson defeated Democrat Senator and former candidate for Governor Vincent Sheheen in District 27.

The previous 27-19 edge in the SC Senate is now 30-16.

In the House of Representatives, Republicans held a 78-46 advantage but made several gains in 2020.

In House District 44, Republican Sandy McGarry upended 2018 Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee and state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell, and in House District 52, Republican Vic Dabney defeated Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk. 

The House is now 80 Republicans and 44 Democrats.

Six seats will be open on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, thus opening six seats on Senate Judiciary (all senators must serve on one or the other). In the House, three Ways and Means seats, four Labor, Commerce, and Industry seats, and five judiciary seats are open including that of the chairman. 


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