House Minority Leader Representative 

Todd Rutherford

"Together we can build a stronger South Carolina"

A former prosecutor for the Richland County Solicitor’s office Todd practices in the area of criminal defense and has represented persons charged with criminal activity in the Federal, State, and Municipal Courts of South Carolina. He has successfully defended those charged with a variety of crimes including major drug offenses, White-collar crimes, DUI, Armed Robbery, Burglary and Criminal Sexual Conduct.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Todd graduated from W.J. Keenan High School in 1988. He received his B.A. from Howard University in 1992 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1996. He was Legislative Assistant to Congressman Robin Tallon in 1992-1993 and an Assistant Solicitor/Special Prosecutor of Narcotic and Drug cases, Fifth Solicitor’s office from 1996-1998.

Rutherford was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1998 to represent House District 74. From 1998-2002 he sat on the house Military, Medical and Municipal Affairs Commission, in 2002 he was a member of the House Judiciary Commission Criminal Laws Sub-committee, and in 2018 was appointed to Ways and Means.  He was elected in January 2013 and currently is House Minority Leader. He was named Young Democrat of the year in 1999 and has continued to receive numerous accolades and awards during his twenty years in the South Carolina General Assembly.

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