Courtesy of the South Carolina Department of Commerce.  

A statesman with a steadfast commitment to South Carolina, Senator Hugh Leatherman played an instrumental role in many economic development projects within our borders over the course of decades. He leaves a legacy for helping shape South Carolina’s business community and the tremendous impact in communities statewide will continue.

“For half a century, Senator Hugh Leatherman has been synonymous with business in South Carolina. In working with him over 20 years, his leadership and commitment to improving the quality of life for all South Carolinians never faltered. While we are saddened to lose such a strong economic development proponent, businessman and statesman, the impact of his vision will carry forward,” commented Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III.

“Team South Carolina has lost one of its true economic champions with the passing of Senator Hugh Leatherman. His crowning achievement – he singlehandedly landed and negotiated Boeing coming to South Carolina. Senator Leatherman’s leadership, passion for progress and business acumen will leave a lasting legacy across the state. South Carolina is a better place because of Senator Leatherman, and we thank him for his many years of public service,” commented former Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“The time that Senator Leatherman spent working on the smaller deals throughout the state really positioned South Carolina to come out of the Great Recession so positively. He always came to every single meeting fully briefed and prepared and, most importantly, he thought strategically on how we could get things accomplished in ways that would benefit the entire state. His leadership and disciplined approach to governing will be greatly missed,” said former Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor.

Please join Team South Carolina in remembering Senator Leatherman’s incredible legacy and wishing his family peace during this difficult time.

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