Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, D-Orangeburg, presided over the South Carolina House on Tuesday as the body’s longest-serving member.
The newly elected representatives gathered to organize for the 2019-2020 year.
During the session, the members re-elected Rep. Jay Lucas, R-Hartsville, as speaker of the House. He has led the House since 2014.
At the beginning of every new legislative session, tradition dictates that the member who is the longest tenured will preside over the first post-election session.
Cobb-Hunter, a member of the House since 1992, swore in the new members.
“Her seniority in the House is historic for our community,” said Rep. Wendy Brawley, D-Hopkins. This is the first time that an African-American member has been the longest-tenured representative in South Carolina, with Cobb-Hunter’s 27th year beginning in January.
Adding to her long list of accomplishments, Cobb-Hunter has recently been elected as the 13th president to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.