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John Richard C. King is the South Carolina State Representative for District 49 in York County. He has served since 2009. A native of Chester, SC, Rep. King currently resides in Rock Hill, SC where he is a licenced funeral home director and works with his family’s business, Christopher King’s Funeral Home. Rep. King is a Professor in the History Department at Clinton Junior College and he has also taught at York Technical College both in Rock Hill, SC. He is the only black elected to a state seat in York County and one of only two Democrats out of a 13 member delegation. He is a graduate of Morehouse College, Strayer University and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services. Rep King presently is a currency student at Charlotte School of Law.

He is the Chair-Elect for the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and holds a national office as Chairman of Region V for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators which includes North and South Carolina he is also the Chief Minority Whip for the South Carolina Democratic House Caucus. Rep. King was first elected in 1999 to the Chester City Council and was the youngest ever elected to the Council. Later in 2000, he was elected to the Chester County Council also again being the youngest elected in history and third only black at that time ever being elected to county council.

His civic affiliations include Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Burning Bush Masonic Lodge 186, York County Optimist Club and Rock Hill Branch NAACP. Rep. King is a member of Freedom Temple Ministries in Rock Hill,SC.

He is the son of Margie Buckson King and the late Honorable Mayor Chris C. King, Sr. He is the brother of William King, II, Nelson King, Robbie King-Boyd, Pansy King-Reid, Margie King-Delk and Marty King. The proud uncle of 23 nieces and nephews and 24 great nieces and nephews. Rep. King has been a strong voice on Equality issues, sickle cell, HIV and AIDS, Educational issues and voter suppression issues. Rep. King has grown to be one of the most impactful legislators in the State of South Carolina and has gained the respect of his colleagues in the General Assembly. Rep. King is a true voice not only for his district but for all the people of South Carolina.

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