David Wilkins. South Carolina’s Speaker of the House. Ellison John. David Horton Wilkins. Biography. Born on October 12, 1946. Graduated from Clemson University in 1968 with a bachelors degree. Graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law 1971 with a juris doctor degree.
South Carolina’s Speaker of the House
The most important issues we face as a community and as a state remain constant. Improving our schools, relieving the tax burden on families, bettering infrastructure, and reducing crime are all top priorities.
The High death toll on our highways and explosion of growth in our towns and cities also make these front burner issues.
But I want to address one specific issue vitally important to all South Carolina and one in which I will be directly involved over the next few months and that’s developing the legislation for a state-run lottery.
The people of South Carolina have spoken and they support a lottery. But they approved a concept, not a specific plan. The General Assembly will not rubber-stamp any one proposal but rather will pass lottery legislation only after thoughtful debate and scrutiny. That’s what democracy is all about.
On the heels of releasing our state from the scourge of video gambling, I think there is nothing more important than pressing the most accountable, most responsible lottery legislation in the nation. That should be our goal, pure and simple.
If we’re not careful, we could substitute one form of gambling influence for another. That’s why we must be diligent in crafting a lottery bill that honors the promises made to South Carolina school children. Most importantly, the majority of lottery dollars must pour into the coffers of education and not the pockets of highly paid consultants. Lottery funds must supplement education funding, not become a substitute for it.
Advertising should be limited. We must avoid preying on those who can least afford it.
And we must keep video gambling dead and buried by prohibiting the use of lottery video terminals or other high stakes machines that could resurrect the poker industry. We should push for legislation that prohibits anyone with financial ties to the lottery from contributing to political parties or candidates.
But these are just a few of many worthy ideas to be considered.
I urge all who care about the future of our state to carefully watch the lottery debate in the Legislature and speak with your elected representatives about your ideas and concerns.
Working together, we can make a lottery work for South Carolina students by keeping only their interests at heart and the special interests at bay.
InterviewDavid Wilkins had not responded to our interview questions by the time that this project was due, but we were able to make contact with his next door neighbor, Richard Furman. This is an interview of Richard Furman about David Wilkins.
Q: Why did he choose the career path that he did?
A: He was is a lawyer, his father was involved in politics, and his brother is a judge.
Q: Describe what he might do on a typical day at his job?
A: He is primarily a domestic lawyer, which means he handles many divorce cases, and he has a reputation as one of the top divorce attorneys in the county. On an average day, he would probably meet with some clients and do other things associated with his divorce-based law practice.
Q: What might he do for his job as Speaker of the House?
A: That job involves a great deal of negotiation with all sorts of people. He has many appointments to make, meetings to attend to, negotiations with the general assembly, meetings with the constituents, and fundraising efforts.
A. Casually, but pleasantly. He is not home very often as a result of his political schedule, so I do not get to see him often. But I have thoroughly enjoyed the little time that I have spent with him.
“David H Wilkins” Caroll’s State Directory. Caroll Publishing, 2003.
Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: The Gale Group. 2003. http://galenet.galegroup.com/se
This source included a brief biography of David Wilkins.
Hammond, James T. “David Wilkins: His life is anchored in family and tradition.” The Greenville News 1 Jan. 2001: B3.
This source had an article about his life and accomplishments and some interesting facts.
“Speaker David H. Wilkins” South Carolina Legislature Online. 15 Nov. 2002 http://www.lpitr.state.sc.us/members/bios/1927272496.html. 10 November 2003.
This source has biographical information about David Wilkins.
Wilkins, David H. “Keeping Students’ Interests First Key to Lottery’s Success: In his own words.” The Greenville News 1 Jan. 2001: B3.
This source had a speech by David Wilkins.