Terry Haskins

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Terry Edward Haskins (January 31, 1955 – October 24, 2000) was a South Carolina Republican politician and Speaker pro-tempore of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1995 until his death.

Haskins was the second of four children born in Pontiac, Michigan, to Charles "Ed" and Dorothy Haskins, who were evangelical Christians. As a high school student, Haskins developed his musical and dramatic talents and was elected president of his class.

In 1972, he entered fundamentalist Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina and received a bachelor of arts in speech in 1976 and a master of arts in public speaking in 1978. His graduate speech recital described his plan to become President of the United States. While still a graduate student at BJU, Haskins became chairman of the Greenville Young Republicans.

Haskins graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in Columbia in 1981 and returned to Greenville to begin his legal practice. In 1983, he became the youngest member ever elected to the Greenville City Council. In 1984, he was elected as a conservative Republican to the state legislature from the district that contained Bob Jones University and held that seat until his death. In 1990, he lost a race for the United States House of Representatives to Democrat Liz Patterson.Who Was Who, 14th ed.

Although he continued to...
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