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  Riley, Richard W.
NameRichard W. Riley
Greenville, South Carolina , United States
Born January 02, 1933 (88 years)
Last ModifedRBH
May 25, 2016 04:00pm
Tags Navy - Methodist -
InfoFurman University - cum laude, 1954
University of South Carolina - law degree, 1959

US Navy - served on a minesweeper

Major Events and Accomplishments - 1st term - 1979-1983
South Carolina's Nuclear Advisory Council was created to control the shipment of nuclear waste into the state following the nuclear reactor accident at Three Mile Island, PA - 1979
Camden native Lane Kirkland was elected second president of the AFL-CIO - November 19, 1979
The Catawba Indians filed a suit claiming title to 140,000 acres in York and Lancaster counties - October 28, 1980
Voters approved an amendment to the state constitution allowing governors to serve two consecutive terms - November 4, 1980
University of South Carolina running back George Rogers won the Heisman trophy - December 1, 1980
Governor Riley received the Special Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation - 1981

Major Events and Accomplishments - 2nd term - 1983-1987
The Reverend I. DeQuincy Newman became the first black South Carolina state senator to be elected in the 20th century - October 25, 1983
Governor Riley signed the Education Improvement Act, increasing the state sales tax by 1% in order to raise $250 million to fund public school reform - 1984
Ernest A. Finney, Jr. became the first black South Carolina Supreme Court justice to be elected since Reconstruction - July 12, 1985
Lake City native Ronald E. McNair was one of the astronauts killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger - January 28, 1986
After ninety-five years of local ownership by the Hampton family, The State announced its sale to giant newspaper chain Knight-Ridder - October 1986
By the end of Governor Riley's second term, he had visited each of the state's ninety-one school districts - 1979-1987
Over the course of Governor Riley's years in office, South Carolina's per student spending on education rose from 49th in the nation to 41st - 1979-1987

Other Government Positions
South Carolina House of Representatives - 1963-1966
South Carolina Senate - 1967-1976
US Secretary of Education - 1993-2000

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions, etc.
Received Indiana University's first Urban University Medal - 1998


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  01/21/1993 Secretary of Education Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/02/1982 SC Governor Won 69.78% (+39.59%)
  11/07/1978 SC Governor Won 61.30% (+23.56%)
  06/27/1978 SC Governor - D Runoff Won 53.27% (+6.55%)
  06/13/1978 SC Governor - D Primary Won 32.88% (+0.00%)
SC US President - D Primary - Feb 29, 2020 D Joe Biden
SC District 04 - D Primary - Jun 12, 2018 D Eric Graben
DNC Party Chair - Feb 25, 2017 D Jaime Harrison
MD District 08 - D Primary - Apr 26, 2016 D David Trone
SC US President - D Primary - Feb 27, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
SC State House 024 - Special Election - Oct 04, 2005 D Michelle R. Shain
US President - D Primaries - Jul 01, 1988 D Richard "Dick" Gephardt