Former Lowcountry lawmaker David Mack III dies

Published: Sep. 21, 2023 at 10:57 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 12:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The man who served Charleston and Dorchester Counties for nearly a quarter-century in the State House has died.

Former Democratic State Rep. David Mack III has died, according to his widow, Sheryl.

Mack was 69 years old.

He served in the South Carolina House representing District 109, which covers parts of Charleston and Dorchester Counties. He served in that seat from 1996 to 2020 when he decided not to run for reelection.

In a statement posted to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Gov. Henry McMaster called Mack “a remarkable public servant and a true gentleman.”

“He demonstrated a genuine kindness to and compassion for all he encountered,” McMaster said.

The governor said he would order State House flags to be lowered to half-staff on the day of his funeral.

South Carolina House Democrats also posted a tribute to Mack.

“He made our state - and his community - a better place. We will miss him dearly,” the group said on X.

South Carolina House Speaker Murrell Smith (R-Sumter) also posted to X on Mack’s passing, calling the former lawmaker “a dear friend and colleague.”

“David represented civil service at its best, and Charleston and our state as a whole is better for it. He always had a kind word for everybody, regardless of who they were,” Smith wrote.

Rep. Deon Tedder, who was elected into Mack’s former House seat also posted on X, saying he was heartbroken to learn of Mack’s death.

“He was a beacon of integrity and had a deep love for all people,” Tedder said, calling him a mentor and a friend, “but above all, a man of unwavering faith.”

House Rep. Wendell Gilliard also released a statement calling Mack “a great visionary and a powerful public servant.”

“For decades, David used his radio program to educate and motivate people throughout South Carolina on political issues,” Gilliard said. “He was a longtime friend and brother to me early in life. We shared the same office suite and sat side by side for many years on the floor at the State House in Columbia. I say job well done, my brother. You will be missed!”

Born Dec. 13, 1953, in Charleston, Mack graduated with a bachelor of sciences degree from Howard University in 1975, according to his biography at the South Carolina State House website.

He also served with the North Charleston Branch of the NAACP and on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Coalition for Black Voter Participation and was co-chair of the Progressive Network, his bio states.

Mack was a businessman and also was the longtime host of a public affairs radio show on Saturdays.

He is survived by his wife and their three children.

Funeral plans were not immediately available.