Two S. C. businessmen may serve as Gov. Henry McMaster’s appointees to the state’s Transportation Department’s Commission.
Veteran commissioner, Woody Willard and former lawmaker, John H. Burriss are now before the state Senate for confirmation.
“My DOT nominees will provide conservative leadership for the agency to ensure taxpayer money is not wasted and that it is used to repair and maintain our state’s roads and bridges,” said the Richland Republican in a statement.
McMaster did not re-nominate second district commissioner, John Hardee, son-in-law to Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman.
Libertarian-leaning activists in February opposed the prospect of Hardee’s nomination, calling on McMaster to “drain the swamp” in Columbia in a social media campaign.
If confirmed, Willard would represent the fourth congressional district. The Spartanburg County realtor was first appointed in 2014.
Burris would represent the second congressional district. The Lexington construction company owner served in the General Assembly in the 1980s.
“They are successful private business owners with excellent records of public service, and I am confident they are well suited to lead the agency and contribute to our state’s economic success and prosperity,” said McMaster, who is running for governor.