South Carolina State Government - Other Key State Offices

The following key offices of the State of South Carolina are established by the State Constitution, and all are elected positions except for the Adjutant General, which is appointed by the Governor, with the consent of the Senate. Some of these offices were created very early in Colonial times by the Lords Proprietors or the Crown, and were considered to be so important that upon statehood South Carolina decided to continue them. Other offices were created much later, but were considered to be essential that they remain independent as specified in the State Constitution.

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Current Key State Offices

State
Office

Year
Established

Current
Leader

Current
Website

Notes /
Comments

Secretary of State

1776

J. Mark Hammond

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Position originally created by Lords Proprietors.

State Treasurer

1776

Curtis M. Loftis, Jr.

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Position originally created by Lords Proprietors. For quite a while, the State required two.

Attorney General

1776

Alan McCrory Wilson

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Position originally created by Lords Proprietors.

Adjutant General

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Major General
Robert E. Livingston, Jr.

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Position now appointed, but earlier was elected. 

Comptroller General

1868

Richard A. Eckstrom, CPA

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Moved up to State level in 1868. 

Superintendent of Education

1868

Molly Mitchell Spearman

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Singular position evolved into a large State Department.

Commissioner of Agriculture

1879

Hugh Ervin Weathers

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Singular position evolved into a large State Department.

Past Key State Offices That No Longer Exist

State
Office

Year
Established

Year
Abolished

Notes /
Comments

Powder Receiver

1776

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Register of Mesne Conveyances

1776

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State level abolished, but continued at the County level.

Customs Officer

1778

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Surveyor General

1778

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