Richard Riley

  • Fall 1990

Richard W. Riley was the 81st Governor of South Carolina, serving from January 1979 to January 1987. In 1962, Governor Riley was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he served four years before being elected to the State Senate in 1966. He was elected Governor in 1978 and re-elected in 1982, becoming the first Governor in modern South Carolina history to succeed himself in office. Governor Riley is now a senior partner with the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough and is a Distinguished Lecturer at Furman University in the Political Science Department on a volunteer basis.