Murrell Smith
61st Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
Assumed office
May 12, 2022
Preceded byJay Lucas
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 67th district
Assumed office
2001
Personal details
Born (1968-05-15) May 15, 1968 (age 54)
Florence, South Carolina, United States
Political partyRepublican
EducationWofford College (B.A.), University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D.)

George Murrell Smith Jr. (born May 15, 1968) is an American politician and the 61st Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Born in Florence, South Carolina, Smith spent the majority of his childhood Sumter, South Carolina, where he attended Wilson Hall School. He graduated in 1986 and then enrolled at Wofford College, where he completed his B.A. in Forms of Government in 1990. After subsequently earning his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993, Smith began practicing law in his hometown of Sumter: first as a public defender and later as partner at Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith, LLC. He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 67th District in 2001, and has held this seat continuously ever since. He is a member of the Republican party.[1] On December 5, 2018, Smith was appointed by Speaker of the House Jay Lucas as Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Smith previously served as Chairman of the Health and Human Services Subcommittee and has sat on the House Ways and Means Committee since 2009.

In April 2022, he was elected unanimously by the House to succeed Jay Lucas as Speaker of the House of Representatives. He assumed office on May 12, 2022.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Murrel Smith". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Greene, Mary. "SC House unanimously elects next Speaker". WISTV. WISTV. Retrieved 29 April 2022.