House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas named House Speaker

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Following the formal suspension of House Speaker Bobby Harrell, House Speaker Pro Tempore Jay Lucas takes responsibilities of the seat temporarily.

Jay Lucas, of Darlington County, was elected Speaker Pro Tempore in 2010. He resides in Hartsville and works as an attorney, according to the South Carolina State House.

He served as the financial director for the City of Bennettsville in the 1980s. For four years, he served as the Darlington County Attorney, beginning in 1990.

Shortly after, Lucas served as the city judge for Hartsville.

He served on various boards including: South Carolina House Rural Caucus, Darlington County Republican Party and Darlington County Coordinating Council.

A formal vote will take place in November during the election.

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