Columbia Address

613 Gressette Bldg.
Columbia 29201

Business Phone (803) 212-6056

Home Address

P.O. Box 142
Columbia 29202

Home Phone (803) 829-2383

Senator John W. Matthews, Jr.

Democratic Leader District 26 Aiken, Calhoun, Lexington & Saluda

Democrat - Orangeburg

District 39 - Berkeley, Calhoun, Colleton, Dorchester & Orangeburg Counties - Map

Personal Information


  • Businessman & Retired Elementary School Principal
  • Residing in Bowman, R-1
  • Born April 21, 1940 in Bowman
  • Son of the late John Wesley, Sr. and the late Victoria (Williams) Matthews
  • Graduate of South Carolina State College
  • Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, 1970-71
  • Lincoln Elec. Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, 1972
  • Honorary Ph.D., College of Charleston
  • Honorary Ph.D., South Carolina State University
  • February 5, 1961 married Geraldine Hillard, 5 children, Cynthia John, Michael Andre, Stephanie Renata, John Wesley III, and Brian DeReef
  • Member, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
  • Former Chairman, South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus
  • Chairman, Orangeburg County Legislative Delegation
  • Southern Regional Education Board
  • Governor's Middle Grades Task Force
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, South Carolina State University
  • Orangeburg County Democrat of the Year
  • Minority Business Advocate of the Year, United States Small Business Administration
  • Induction in the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame
  • South Carolina Primary Health Care Legislator of the Year
  • Member, Pineville United Methodist Church

Service In Public Office House of Representatives, 1975 - 1984 Senate, 1985 - Present

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