Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sean Bennett took the oath of office Monday to become the new state senator for District 38. The oath was given by Judge Maite Murphy at Town Council chambers. Mayor Bill Collins served as master of ceremonies. Among those attending were Bennett’s wife and daughters, mother, grandparents and other family and friends.
S.C. State Senator Paul Campbell, whose District 44 includes a portion of downtown Summerville, attended with his wife Vicki. Campbell said he looked forward to working with Bennett.
“He’s a dynamic young man who will do a great job. He will add a much-needed spark to our delegation,” Campbell said.
He said he sees this as a wonderful opportunity to have a delegation who can work together for the good of the people.
The state Constitution specifies that senators’ and representatives’ terms begin the Monday after the general election, and Bennett indicated he’s ready to get started.
There’s a caucus meeting this week in Columbia, he said, and after meeting on the party’s goals he’ll need to plan what he wants to do individually.
“It’s just nice to finally have some clarity … and get to work,” Bennett said.
In remarks to the crowd filling council chambers, Bennett reiterated his dedication to comprehensive tax reform for South Carolina in order to spur economic development.
“We need good, high-paying jobs,” he said.
Bennett won the Republican primary in June over incumbent Senator Mike Rose, but became embroiled in a lawsuit questioning the legitimacy of his and other non-incumbents’ status as candidates.
His status was confirmed in September by a state Supreme Court ruling.
“I am ready to work with every other senator in the General Assembly,” Bennett said.
The ceremony included the Pledge of Allegiance led by members of Boy Scout Troop 730, and an opening prayer by Rev. Christopher A Oranyeli. A reception followed across the street at Montreux.
Bennett was the only candidate on the general election ballot for the Senate 38 seat.