Governor of South Carolina

Governor of South Carolina
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Henry McMaster

since January 24, 2017
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceSouth Carolina Governor's Mansion
Term lengthFour years, renewable once consecutively; afterwards, the officeholder must sit out for one term before being eligible again
Inaugural holder

John Rutledge,
(as State, 1776)

William Sayle
(as Colony, 1670)
FormationConstitution of South Carolina
Salary$106,078 (2013)[1]
Outer part of the governor's office in the South Carolina State House in Columbia

The Governor of the State of South Carolina is the head of state for the state of South Carolina. Under the South Carolina Constitution, the governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the South Carolina executive branch. The governor is the ex officio commander-in-chief of the National Guard when not called into federal use. The governor's responsibilities include making yearly "State of the State" addresses to the South Carolina General Assembly, submitting an executive budget and ensuring that state laws are enforced.

The 117th and current Governor of South Carolina is Henry McMaster, who is serving the remainder of Nikki Haley's second term after she resigned as governor on January 24, 2017 to assume office as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.[2]

Requirements to hold office

There are three legal requirements set forth in Section 2 of Article IV of the South Carolina Constitution. (1) Be at least 30 years of age. (2) Citizen of the United States and a resident of South Carolina for 5 years preceding the day of election.[3][4] The final requirement, (3) "No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor who denies the existence of the Supreme Being," is of extremely doubtful validity in light of the 1961 Supreme Court decision Torcaso v. Watkins, which reaffirmed that religious tests for public offices violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. This requirement, however, has still not been removed from the Constitution of South Carolina.[5]