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James (Jim) Howarth Ritchie, Jr., is a South Carolina state senator representing District 13 and majority whip, serving on the Senate Banking and Insurance, Judiciary, Medical Affairs, Rules, and General committees, and is also Chairman of the Judicial Merit Selection Commission. He is also partner at Ritchie and Associates, LLC. He was previously a shareholder with Holcombe Bomar, PA in Spartanburg, focusing on business law, strategic planning, healthcare and regulatory matters. Jim received the 2007 South Carolina Chapter of the US Green Building Council Individual Leadership Award and the Home Builders Association of South Carolina Hammer and Trowel Award. He was named 2005 Public Servant of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. Jim serves as a director of the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg; the Peace Center for the Performing Arts; the Urban League of the Upstate; the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of the Carolinas; and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. He is a former director of the Spartanburg Development Council and Little Theatre. He has served as general counsel to the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Spartanburg and Leadership South Carolina. Jim received his law degree from Wake Forest University after graduating from West Virginia University with a BA in political science. He is also a graduate of Georgetown University's Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.