Former President Bill Clinton was in Columbia on Monday for an event honoring one of his longtime cabinet members and a former South Carolina governor.
Clinton spoke at the opening celebration for the Richard W. Riley Collection at the University of South Carolina. Riley served two terms as Clinton’s Secretary of Education — the only education secretary to do so for any president. Prior to being appointed to the post, Riley served as Clinton’s state campaign chairman.
Clinton explained how they got to know each other serving as governors.
“In 1980 the people of South Carolina thought so much of Dick, they changed the Constitution so he could get another term,” Clinton said. “And the people of Arkansas thought so little of me they denied me a second term!”
The Greenville native and lifelong Democrat served two consecutive terms as South Carolina’s governor from 1979 to 1987. Before that, Riley served in the state House and Senate from 1963 until 1977. Riley’s mission throughout his career was a dedication to education for all, including passage of the 1984 Education Improvement Act. [Read more…]