Judiciary Committee, South Carolina State Senate

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The Judiciary Committee is a standing committee of the South Carolina State Senate.

Per Section 19 (d) of the Senate Rules, committees of the South Carolina State Senate are assigned through self-selection by Senate members. For committee selection, the Clerk of the Senate will make a list of all Senate members in the order of length of service and the members with the longest continuous service will select first. This process will continue until all members are assigned. Committees are assigned at the start of the new session following the election of Senate members.[1] The chairman of each standing committee will be the senior member of the majority party. If a vacancy were to occur in the chairmanship of a standing committee, then the next most senior member from the majority party would take over.[2]

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: Rules of the Senate of South Carolina


The Standing Committees of the Senate shall be as follows and shall have jurisdiction over legislation, appointments and other matters which fall within the title or titles of the Code of Laws as are herein below enumerated for the Judiciary Committee: Constitution, Titles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 through 8, 14 through 23, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33, 36, 39 (business and corporate matters), 42, 44 (drug related offenses), 53, 56 (criminal offenses), 58, 61, 62 and 63.[3][4]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Judiciary Committee Members, 2015
Democratic members (9)Republican members (14)
C. Bradley HuttoLarry A. Martin, Chair
Ronnie SabbA. Shane Massey
Creighton B. ColemanChauncey K. Gregory
Marlon KimpsonSean Bennett
J. Thomas McElveen, IIIGreg Hembree
Kevin L. JohnsonPaul Thurmond
Karl B. AllenTom Young, Jr.
John L. Scott, Jr.Ross Turner
Gerald MalloyKatrina Frye Shealy
Thomas D. "Tom" Corbin
Shane R. Martin
Lee Bright
George E. "Chip" Campsen, III
Luke A. Rankin




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