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Cathy Harvin

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Cathy Harvin
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South Carolina House District 64
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Cathy Harvin (b. December 31, 1953) was a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 64. She was elected by special election in 2006 to fill the seat of her late husband. She died December 4, 2010 after a long battle with breast cancer, shortly after being re-elected to her third term.[1][2]


Harvin earned her B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1975.

Professional experience

Harvin worked for the Sea Pines Plantation Company from 1975 to 1977. She then worked as Director of Sales for Servico, Inc. from 1977 to 1979. From 1979 to 1988, she was a senior account executive for International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. She also worked as National Association Marketing Manager/Marketing Director for New York/New England X from 1986 to 1989. Harvin then worked as Director/Program Manager for the Dupont Center of Central Carolina Technical College Continuing Education from 1989 to 1995. She was a K-12 major accounts manager for Dell Computers from 1995 to 2010.

Political experience

Harvin won a special election to the South Carolina State House of Representatives in February of 2006, representing the 64th District. She ran for special election that year after husband Alex Harvin III, who had held the same seat for nearly 30 years, died from his own battle with cancer in November 2005. Harvin always maintained that her political life was her husband's last wish.[3]

Committee assignments

The following were Harvin's final committee assignments:

Subcommittee on Health and Environmental Affairs, Chair



Harvin ran unopposed in the June 8 Democratic primary for District 64 of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Harvin won unopposed in the general election on November 2[4].

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 64 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Cathy Harvin (D) 8,814 99.31%
Write-In 61 0.69%


On November 4, 2008, Cathy Harvin won re-election to the 64th District seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives, defeating Britton Pruett (R).

Harvin raised $25,949 for his campaign, while Pruett raised $231.[5]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 64 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cathy Harvin (D) 11,311
Britton Pruett (R) 3,684

Campaign donors


Harvin raised $25,949 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[6]

Donor Amount
South Carolina Trucking Association $1,500
South Carolina Trials Lawyers Association $1,500
11 different donors each donated: $1,000


Harvin was widowed and had one child.

Possible replacements

The 10-day filing period to file for a special primary and election to fill Harvin's seat opens at 12 p.m. Christmas Eve, December 24, and closes that same time January 3, 2011.[7] Two candidates have announced their intentions to run as Democrats in the February 15, 2011 special primary: Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart Jr.[8] and Manning Mayor Kevin Johnson.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina House of Representatives District 64
Succeeded by
Kevin Johnson (D)