Todd Rutherford, Minority Leader (District 74)
Rutherford received his B.A. degree from Howard University in 1992 and continued on to obtain his J.D. in 1996 from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and practiced at The Rutherford Law Firm, LLC from 1998-2011. He is a national board member of the NAACP Special Contributions Fund and is a member of the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee.
Russell L. Ott, Asst. Minority Leader (District 93)
Ott received his B.A. from Clemson University in 2000 and his M.P.A from the University of South Carolina in 2003. He is agriculture-businessman, and former Town Administrator for the towns of Elloree, North, and Neeses. He currently serves on the South Carolina House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee.
Chandra E. Dillard, Deputy Minority Leader (District 23)
Dillard received her B.S. from Winthrop University in 1987 and her M.P.A. from Walden University in 2008. She is serves as the Director of Community Relations for Furman University. She is a former President of the Conference of Black Municipal Elected Officials (2006-08), and President of the South Carolina General Assembly Women’s Caucus (2015-16). She is a member of the Epsilon Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Lay Leader at John Wesley United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the Secretary of the South Carolina House Ethics Committee, and Secretary of the South Carolina House Agriculture, Natural Resources & Environmental Affairs Committee.
James E. Smith, Jr., Chief Minority Whip (District 72)
Smith received both his B.A. in 1990 and J.D. in 1995 from the University of South Carolina. He is an attorney, veteran of the United States Army (service in Afghanistan), and is currently part of the South Carolina Army National Guard. He is a former South Carolina House Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Leader. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and Church of the Apostles. He currently serves as 1st Vice Chair of the South Carolina House Judiciary Committee, and on the South Carolina House Legislative Oversight Committee.
Mandy Powers Norrell, Treasurer (District 44)
Norrell is a 1995 cum laude graduate of Furman University and received her J.D. cum laude in 1997 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She has served as City Attorney for the town of Lancaster, Town Attorney for the Town of Kershaw and as Vice Chairwoman for Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault.
MaryGail K. Douglas, Secretary (District 41)
Douglas received her B.S. from the University of South Carolina. She is a retired healthcare professional and full-time legislator. She is a former President of the South Carolina Asson. Council on Aging (1988-89) and Charter Board Member of the Eldercare Trust Fund (1995). She has served as the pianist/organist for First Baptist Church. She currently serves as the Secretary of the South Carolina House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, and on the South Carolina House Legislative Oversight Committee.
David Weeks, Parliamentarian (District 51)
Weeks received his B.A. from Morris College (1975), J.D. from the University of South Carolina (1989), and M. Ed. From Howard University (1996). He works as an attorney. He is a former Chairman of the Sumter City-County Planning Commission (1998-00), Chairman of the Sumter County Voter Registration Board (1996-00), Municipal Court Judge, Timmonsville (1996-00), and Morris College Board of Trustees (2001-Present). He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the South Carolina Ethics Committee, and serves on the South Carolina Judiciary Committee.
Joseph H. “Joe” Jefferson, Chaplin (District 102)
Jefferson received his B.S. from Claflin University in 1970, and a graduate of the South Carolina Justice Academy Magistrate School (1999). He is a real estate investor and full-time legislator. He worked 32 years as a Federal Government Administrator. He is former South Carolina Department of Transportation Commissioner (1994-98), and Magistrate Judge for Berkeley County. He is a former Special Assistant to Congressman Mendel Davis (1972-80), and Chairman of the Berkeley County School Board. He currently serves on the South Carolina House Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee, and the South Carolina House Legislative Oversight Committee.