A longtime Charleston legislator who has represented parts of the peninsula in the South Carolina House of Representatives for more than two decades says next year will be his last.
State Rep. Harry “Chip” Limehouse, R-Charleston, revealed earlier this week that he will not seek reelection in 2016. “It’ll be 22 years at the end of this term and I’ve got several successful businesses that are doing well but needing my support,” he told South Carolina Radio Network. “I’ve given it a 110 percent effort for what will be 22 years at the end of this term and I’m just ready to turn the page and go on to whatever the next chapter is in my life.”
The 53-year-old Limehouse held a powerful position on the House budget committee and for years was responsible for overseeing the needs of higher education during the House budgeting process. He was also active in floor debates and sponsored dozens of bills over the year that passed the chamber, including polarizing legislation and less-controversial ones.