WASHINGTON – Representative Tom Rice honored former South Carolina State Senator Hugh Leatherman on the floor of the U.S. House Tuesday evening. 

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Hugh Leatherman Floor Speech

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“Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor former South Carolina State Senator Hugh Leatherman. Senator Leatherman represented Florence and I was proud to join him in many opportunities to serve our constituents in the Pee Dee. 

Senator Leatherman passed away recently at age 90, while still holding office. He worked on behalf of South Carolinians nearly half his life, right up until his passing. I’ve been told he even took next year’s budget briefing from his hospital bed, exemplifying his true dedication to our state. 

Senator Leatherman didn’t hesitate to work across the aisle to get things done for the 7th District and all South Carolinians. I’ve always known him to pursue smart, reasonable solutions and work hard to fix problems.   

Senator Leatherman was the epitome of a public servant. He will be dearly missed in the halls of the South Carolina statehouse and we will remember him as an accomplished and honorable man.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Chairman.”