Stephen K. Benjamin

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Stephen K. Benjamin
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36th Mayor of Columbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 2010
Preceded byBob Coble
Personal details
Born(1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 44)
Spouse(s)DeAndrea Gist Benjamin
 
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Stephen K. Benjamin
Benjamin021.jpg
36th Mayor of Columbia
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 2010
Preceded byBob Coble
Personal details
Born(1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 44)
Spouse(s)DeAndrea Gist Benjamin

Stephen 'Steve' K. Benjamin (born December 1, 1969) is the Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. He started his first term in July 2010, and is the first African-American mayor in the city's history. Before serving as mayor, he worked in the Columbia metropolitan area as an attorney and served on various charitable organizations. On November 5, 2013, Benjamin won re-election for mayor with 64% of the vote.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Benjamin's parents are from Orangeburg, South Carolina but he was born in Queens, New York during the 1960s when many African-Americans decided to relocate to the North for better economic opportunities. Benjamin spent his childhood growing up in New York City where his parents, Sam and Maggie Benjamin, worked numerous jobs to support Steve and his elder brother Samuel. After a stable adolescence in New York, Benjamin relocated back to Columbia where he was admitted into the University of South Carolina to study Political Science.

During his studies, Benjamin became active in many student organizations that influenced his career path. He was actively involved in the student chapter of NAACP, eventually becoming president. Benjamin was also elected as student body president during his undergraduate career and went on to become president of the University of South Carolina School of Law student bar association during his third year. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. fraternity.

Previous positions and works[edit]

Benjamin was the principal of the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, in Columbia, SC where his practice emphasized governmental strategic planning, administrative and regulatory work, municipal finance and general business matters.

On March 2, 1999, Benjamin was appointed to the Governor's Cabinet by Governor Jim Hodges serving as the Director of the South Carolina Probation, Pardon, and Parole Services. Benjamin has also served as the Regional Manager of Public Affairs for International Paper Company, Manager of Corporate Affairs at Carolina Power & Light Company. He additionally worked as an Associate in the Administrative and Regulatory practice of the prominent McNair Law Firm in Columbia, South Carolina.

Personal life[edit]

Benjamin is married to DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, who serves as a Judge in South Carolina's Fifth Judicial Circuit. Together they have two daughters, Bethany and Jordan Grace.[2]

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