FMU's SGA President elected governor of S.C. Student Legislature
Cody Simpson, a senior from the Home Branch community of Clarendon County, will follow in the footsteps of former S.C. Gov. Robert McNair, Lee Atwater, U.S. Rep. Liz Patterson and S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster and other notable leaders, serving as governor of the S.C. Student Legislature (SCSL).
Simpson, who is the president of the FMU Student Government Association (SGA), was elected governor by delegates across the state and will take office in January. During his term he will administer the budget, have the authority to sign or veto bills, appoint members of the cabinet and administration and present this session’s bill to the governor of South Carolina at a legislative reception in February.
Simpson is a political science major who has always been interested in politics. He graduated in 2009 from Clarendon Hall High School in Summerton where he served as president. Upon graduation he enrolled at FMU and served as the SGA treasurer and president pro-tempore of the SGA Senate during his sophomore and freshman years, respectively. He is a member of the Delta Tau Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order and works for his family at W.R. Simpson Farms LLC and in the FMU Foundation Office. He most recently served as the SCSL secretary of state.
The SCSL is a student-run mock legislature. Colleges and universities in the State of South Carolina send delegations to two annual sessions to debate bills and further their knowledge about parliamentary procedure and state government. Dr. Douglas Carlisle founded SCSL in 1956. The organization drafted a constitution and incorporated itself under the motto of "Our Freedom, Our Liberty, and Our Responsibility."
The organization exists to teach its members critical legislative and social skills that propel them to excellence in business, and government. SCSL creates an environment that is uniquely able to educate its members about legislative processes and working with one another to accomplish individual goals.