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Stephen (Steve) K. Benjamin was elected mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, in a record turnout in April of 2010. He has worked very actively in community initiatives with numerous public and private organizations dating back to his years at the University of South Carolina where he served as president of the student government and as Student Bar Association president at the USC School of Law. He has continued to serve to the present on numerous boards for nonprofit organizations. In 1999, at age 29, Steve was appointed to Governor Jim Hodges' cabinet as director of the state's second largest law enforcement agency, the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services. In addition to his work as mayor, Steve practices law with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. He is married to the Honorable DeAndrea Gist Benjamin, a circuit court judge in South Carolina's Fifth Judicial Circuit. They are the proud parents of two daughters. He is a Fellow of the second class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.