COLUMBIA, S.C. WCIV) -- Leon Stavrinakis was among five House Democrats elected to the House Ethics Committee on Tuesday.
Stavrinakis was joined by Reps. Ronnie Sabb of Williamsburg, David Weeks of Sumter, Chandra Dillard of Greenville, and Elizabeth Munnerlyn of Marlboro.
year, there were five Republicans and only one Democrat on the House Ethics
Committee. The full House voted to have an equal number of Democrats and
Republicans on the committee, and add two additional seats.
commend my colleagues for changing the partisan makeup of the House Ethics
Committee," said Representative Chandra Dillard, who chaired the House
Democratic Ethics Study Committee. "This is just one of a series of changes that
this body has to make up to regain the trust of the citizens of South
"We have to prove to the people of South Carolina
that this committee is fair but firm," said Representative Ronnie Sabb. "I
consider this a great honor to be elected to such an important committee. Ethics
is not a partisan issue, and I'm glad our Republican colleagues have finally
come to that realization."
"Restoring the public's confidence in this body
will be my number one priority," said Representative Leon Stavrinakis, a former
prosecutor and member of the House Democratic Ethics Study Committee. "I am
encouraged that this was the first order of business of the new session."
"This is a step in the right direction," said
Representative Elizabeth Munnerlyn. "A balanced and bipartisan ethics committee
should have happened a long time ago, but we're glad it's finally a reality. Now
it's time to get to work."
"Bringing balance to the Ethics Committee is a
victory for South Carolina," said Representative David Weeks. "This committee
should have never been partisan in the first place. Taking partisanship out of
the House Ethics Committee was a much needed step in the right direction."