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Sheheen appointed to senate leadership positions

Posted: February 6, 2017 5:39 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, has been named co-chairman of the Senate Finance K-12 Education Subcommittee.

Senator Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, appointed Senator Sheheen as co-chairman of the subcommittee.

“Senator Sheheen is an experienced lawmaker and I appreciate his willingness to serve and bring his knowledge to this committee,” Leatherman said. “Education should be a bipartisan issue and I’m glad to have him in this leadership role.”

The Finance Committee has seven subcommittees that allow members to examine specific areas within the Committee's jurisdiction, including education funding and other budgetary matters.

“Education is one of the most vital functions of our state government and a building block for our future. I'm a proud parent of three children who attended public schools so I’m a firm believer in the value of public education and look forward to this meaningful opportunity,” Sheheen said. 

Leatherman also appointed Sheheen as co-chair to the Joint Committee on pensions.

“I appreciate Senator Sheheen’s willingness to serve in this role,” Leatherman said. “We have to get a handle on the problems facing our state’s pension system. These issues won’t be solved overnight, but through the efforts of this Joint Committee, we can begin to get the system to where it needs to be.”

The appointment follows former Senator and Joint Committee Co-Chairman Kevin Bryant’s ascension to the lieutenant governor’s position.

“The pension issue boils down to a math problem that needs to be solved with a long-term, common sense approach,” Sheheen said. “This is a meaningful opportunity for me to continue to lend my voice to this issue. Our number one priority is to make our retirement system sound and I’m proud to be a part of that effort.”



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