President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman
Finance Committee Chairman
Hugh K. Leatherman was elected to the South Carolina Senate on November 4, 1980.
Hugh was born and raised on a farm in Lincoln County, North Carolina, where at a very early age he learned the value of a hard day’s work. After graduating from the area’s public high school, he enrolled at North Carolina State University. During his time at N.C. State, he learned the importance of science and mathematics, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. Following the completion of college, Hugh moved to Florence.
Hugh began his career in public service in 1967, when he was elected to the Quinby Town Council. From 1971-1976, Hugh served as Mayor Pro Tempore of the Town of Quinby.
Through his service in local and state office, Hugh is a valuable asset to the entire Pee Dee region, as he has served the Florence area for more than 30 years. Currently, Hugh serves as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, while also serving on the Senate Ethics, Interstate Cooperation, Labor, Commerce and Industry, Rules, State House and Transportation committees. Also, Hugh serves as one of the five members on the State Budget and Control Board, which oversees the state’s financial dealings on a monthly basis. He also serves on the South Carolina Research Authority board of directors. In each of these positions, Hugh has been very influential in securing various state funds for many infrastructure and economic development projects throughout the entire Pee Dee region–projects that are vital to the community.
For his many years of leadership, service and dedication to the people of the Pee Dee region and the entire state of South Carolina, numerous organizations and institutions have graciously honored him. Most notably, he has received an Honorary Doctorate from Francis Marion University, the College of Charleston, the Medical University of South Carolina, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina University, The University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Lander University, South Carolina State University, Wofford College and Winthrop University.
Hugh is married to Jean Leatherman, and he has six children and five grandchildren. Senator and Mrs. Leatherman are members of Central United Methodist Church in Florence.