July 30
H.B. “Buck” Limehouse, Jr. Nominated as First Secretary of Transportation

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Governor Mark Sanford announced Monday afternoon his nomination of Harry Bancroft “Buck” Limehouse, Jr. as Secretary of Transportation for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Limehouse is the first person in the history of South Carolina nominated for this post, which is part of the Governor’s Cabinet.


Limehouse had been appointed to the position of Executive Director by the SCDOT Commission on May 1. He became “Chief Administrative Officer” on June 27 when Governor Sanford signed the DOT Reform Act into law.

In his statement, the Governor said; “Buck Limehouse’s wealth of institutional knowledge made him the right person for the job.”


Limehouse has much experience in the transportation arena in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast. His experience includes service on the SCDOT Commission where he was elected as the Commissioner from the 1st Congressional District in 1993.


After state government was reorganized in 1994, Limehouse was appointed SCDOT Commission Chairman by Governor Carroll Campbell in that same year. He was reappointed Commission Chairman by Governor David Beasley in 1995, serving until 1999.


Mr. Limehouse has been involved in many efforts to improve the quality of transportation in South Carolina. During his tenure as SCDOT Commission Chairman, and as a member of the State Infrastructure Bank Board, he initiated several major transportation projects that totaled in the billions of dollars in value. Some of those projects include the Cross Island Parkway, the Southern Connector, the Conway Bypass and the Carolina Bays Parkway.


After learning of his nomination on Monday afternoon, Limehouse said, “I’d like to thank Governor Sanford for his trust and confidence in me to serve as South Carolina’s first Secretary of Transportation. I believe my previous experience with highway initiatives on the state and federal level resulted in the completion of many projects large and small. This experience will allow me to get SCDOT on the right track, and get this state moving forward again to maintain and expand our state highway system,” he added.


Limehouse also said, “South Carolina’s highway system is the infrastructure for economic development, and our state’s future depends on our ability to have a first-class transportation system.”Moreover, we must redouble our efforts to make our highways as safe as possible,” said Limehouse. “Reducing deaths and injuries will be a top priority,” he added.


Following his tenure on the SCDOT Commission, Mr. Limehouse served as a consultant to the Georgia DOT in 2002. His focus was the Northern Arc project, a 60-mile high-speed, limited access freeway north of Atlanta.


Following his service with Georgia DOT, Limehouse was nominated by the entire Florida DOT Commission for the post of Secretary of Transportation in that state. He was one of three finalists for the position out of over 80 candidates that were considered.


Limehouse is a native of Charleston and a 1960 graduate of The Citadel. Among his numerous honors, he was named “Transportation Advocate of the Year” in 1995 by the SC Transportation Policy Council, and he received the Order of the Palmetto from Governor Campbell in 1995 and a second Order of the Palmetto from Governor Beasley in 1999. He is listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World.”


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