Tuesday, the South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously elected Bobby Harrell to another term as House Speaker for the upcoming 120th session of the General Assembly. The Charleston Republican was first elected to the post in 2005.
Harrell says this session they will “talk about the economy a lot, the DOR breach and having to fix that, we’ll talk about the election debacle and having to fix that.”
The election of officers was one of the first actions taken by the newly elected House during its two-day organization session.
Harrell, in his acceptance speech, welcomed House members who won the election as petition candidates after controversial disqualifications over paperwork deadlines. The state Supreme Court and party officials eventually blocked about 250 candidates from running as party nominees in the General Election.
“I’m pleased for you that you were able to make it, and now that you are here, let’s work together to fix this election problem that hurt our democratic process, so that nothing like this ever happens again,” Harrell said to applause from House members.
Wednesday, Speaker Harrell appoints standing committee members.
The two independent House committees the speaker does not appoint are House Operations & Management Committee and the House Ethics Committee.