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Hugh Leatherman
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President pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate
Assumed office
January 25, 2017
Preceded by Kevin L. Bryant
In office
June 18, 2014 – January 23, 2017
Preceded by Yancey McGill
Succeeded byKevin L. Bryant
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 31st district
Assumed office
January 1981
Preceded by John Waller
Personal details
Born (1931-04-14) April 14, 1931 (age 87)
Lincoln County, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education North Carolina State University ( BS)

Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. (born April 14, 1931) is a Republican member of the South Carolina Senate, serving since 1981. The 31st District, which he currently represents, is anchored in Florence, South Carolina. As Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Leatherman also sits on the state's Budget and Control Board.

He has served as President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate for all but one day since 2014.

Early life

Leatherman was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina. He studied at North Carolina State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree.


Leatherman began his political career after his election in 1967 to the Town Council in Quinby, South Carolina. He served as a Councilman until 1976. From 1971–1976, Leatherman also served as the Mayor Pro Tempore. In 1981, he was elected to the South Carolina Senate.

In November 2016, President-Elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Governor Nikki Haley to be the next United States Ambassador to the United Nations. As President Pro Tempore, Leatherman would have been next in line to become Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina upon Haley's confirmation and the ascension of Henry McMaster to the governorship. Leatherman, however, stated that he would refuse the position. [1]

On January 24, 2017, when Haley was sworn in as U.N. Ambassador and McMaster became the 117th Governor of South Carolina, Leatherman resigned from his leadership position in the South Carolina Senate in order to avoid ascending to the Office of Lieutenant Governor. [2] He was succeeded as President Pro Tempore by Kevin L. Bryant, who then became the 92nd Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. [3] The position of President Pro Tempore was then made vacant again.

On January 25, 2017, Leatherman was re-elected as President Pro Tempore on a 28–16 vote. [4]


  1. ^ "Hugh Leatherman will not take lieutenant governor job". Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Senate leader Leatherman resigns to avoid becoming lieutenant governor". thestate. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  3. ^ Phillips, Jennifer. "South Carolina has a new Lt. Governor". Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  4. ^, Andrew Knittle. "Hugh Leatherman re-elected as president pro tem of S.C. Senate in close vote". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2017-01-26.

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South Carolina Senate
Preceded by
Kevin L. Bryant
President pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate