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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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