Columbia – Senator Greg Hembree has been appointed to serve as the newest member of the SC Education Oversight Committee (EOC). Hembree, who represents thecitizens of Horry and Dillon Counties in Senate District 28, has replaced Sen. Wes Hayes on the EOC. He serves as the designee of Senate Education Chairman John Courson.
Hembree received his B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Memphis in 1982 and his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1986, and has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Hembree was elected to represent Senate District 28 in November 2012 with 67 percent of the vote and was re-elected in 2016. Prior to his election to the South Carolina Senate, he served 14 years as Solicitor for Horry and Georgetown Counties. He was first elected Solicitor in 1998.
In the Senate, Hembree serves on the following committees: Education, Transportation, Agriculture, Judiciary, and Fish, Game and Forestry. In addition to his regular committee assignments, Hembree serves as Chairman of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and serves on the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. He also serves as a majority whip.
Hembree and his wife Renee have three children, two sons-in-law, and one grandson; live in Little River, South Carolina; and are active members of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church.
The SC Education Oversight Committee is an independent, non-partisan group made up of 18 educators, business persons, and elected leaders. Created in 1998, the committee is dedicated to reporting facts, measuring change, and promoting progress within South Carolina’s education system.