On Wednesday, Governor Henry McMaster recommended former Lexington lawmaker John Burriss to serve on the SCDOT Commission for District 2.
Burriss is the president and owner of the real-estate and construction Burriss Corp. firm. The 2nd District includes Aiken, Barnwell, Lexington, Orangeburg and Richland counties.
The District 2 seat was formerly held by John Hardee whose term expired last week. Hardee could not be re-nominated to the seat because he had exceeded the 12 years a member can by law sit on the commission.
McMaster has also re-nominated Commissioner Woody Willard for his 4th District seat on commission. Willard first was appointed to that seat in 2014 and served as Chairman 2017-2018.
The 4th District includes Greenville and Spartanburg counties.
McMaster said his nominees will provide conservative leadership and ensure taxpayer money is not wasted but used to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. “They are successful private business owners with excellent records of public service, and I am confident they are well suited to lead the agency and contribute to our state’s economic success and prosperity,” he said in a statement.
Burriss and Willard must now head to the Senate where they must be approved by their respective legislative delegations.