Horry’s Fry picked for top role in leg­is­la­ture

The Sun News - - Front Page - BY TYLER FLEM­ING tflem­[email protected]­sun­news.com

Horry County’s del­e­ga­tion to Columbia has a lot on its plate when the South Carolina Gen­eral Assem­bly con­venes in Jan­uary. But when the Repub­li­can lo­cal leg­is­la­tors re­turn to the state house, they’ll have one of their own in a lead­er­ship po­si­tion.

Rus­sell Fry, who rep­re­sents Dis­trict 106 in the S.C. House of Representatives, will be the ma­jor­ity se­nior whip for the up­com­ing leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

Each party has whips who as­sist in lead­ing the leg­is­la­tors and keep­ing counts on where representatives stand. Fry’s ap­point­ment to the se­nior whip po­si­tion for the ma­jor­ity party means one of Horry County’s del­e­ga­tion to Columbia will be serv­ing in a high-up, in­flu­en­tial role in the com­ing ses­sion.

“I am ex­tremely hon­ored and hum­bled to be se­lected for this job,” he told The Sun News.

Rep­re­sent­ing ar­eas in and around Surf­side Beach, Fry, 33, is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the House of Representatives. In 2015, he ran and won a spe­cial elec­tion for the 106 seat. He was then re-elected in 2016 and 2018. In the most re­cent elec­tion, he took over 60 per­cent of the vote.

In the past he has served in var­i­ous roles, in­clud­ing the S.C. House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee and on the House Opi­oid Abuse Preven­tion Study Com­mit­tee.

Even though he is a younger mem­ber of the House, the lead­er­ship in the Repub­li­can party is work­ing hard to pro­mote peo­ple who maybe haven’t had as much ex­pe­ri­ence but who are still well equipped for the role, he said.

“They’re very in­clu­sive of all view­points no mat­ter how long you’ve served in that body,” he said.

He was se­lected for the role by Gary Sim­rill, the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity leader in the House. Fry said that he is hon­ored to serve in this new lead­er­ship po­si­tion and looks for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing Horry County and the Grand Strand.

“My role is to poll mem­bers about about their thoughts on leg­is­la­tion, work with peo­ple to build con­sen­sus, count votes and ar­tic­u­late of­ten com­plex is­sues to rank and file mem­bers,” Fry said about his new post.

In ad­di­tion, he will help iden­tify new junior whips to help him. For him, a good whip is able to work with other leg­is­la­tors and is able to process com­plex is­sues, he said.

As the ma­jor­ity whip, Fry hopes to “push for­ward a con­ser­va­tive agenda” and to work hard mak­ing South Carolina a bet­ter place to live for ev­ery­one.

“I do my best ev­ery day to work hard and study the is­sues,” he said.

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