Limehouse steps down as aviation chairman to focus on run for Congress

Race for S.C. House getting crowded with candidates
Rep. Limehouse, pictured with his daughters. (Source:
Rep. Limehouse, pictured with his daughters. (Source:

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - State Rep. Chip Limehouse says he is stepping down from his role as chairman of the Charleston County Aviation Authority board so he can focus on his run in for Tim Scott's vacant Congressional seat.

"I will focus ever fiber of my being into this run for Congress," Limehouse told Reporter Mark Davenport.

Limehouse said he would be nominating Andy Savage, a well-known Charleston defense attorney, to take his place at the head of the board at the next meeting this Thursday at 2 p.m.

Other board members are able to nominate other candidates, and Limehouse said he "would welcome [other nominations]."

Limehouse, who represents portions of Berkeley and Charleston counties, announced his intention to run for the Congressional 1st District last week.  That seat was vacated by Tim Scott, who moved to the US Senate in early January to take the place of Jim DeMint.

The field for the seat becomes more crowded by the day.  On Tuesday, former Governor Mark Sanford, former Dorchester County Sheriff Ray Nash, and Charleston attorney Curtis Bostic announced their candidacies.

State Senator Larry Grooms, who represents District 37, also announced his intention to run for the seat.

Limehouse is a Charleston native, and was first elected to the S.C. General Assembly in 1995 and has served continuously since then.