State Senator Kevin L. Johnson has served in the South Carolina State Senate since 2013, representing District 36. His district includes Clarendon, Darlington, Florence, and Sumter Counties.


Senator Johnson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, Class of 1982. As a proud resident of Manning, he began his career in public service representing Clarendon County School District 2. He went on to serve on the Manning City Council, and was elected Mayor in 2000. In 2012, after eleven years serving as Mayor of his city, Johnson was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 2013, he was elected to his current seat in the State Senate. He is the Chairman of the Clarendon County Legislative Delegation.

During his time in the State Legislature, Senator Johnson has established himself as a leading voice on access to affordable healthcare, fighting for equality for every citizen, and improving public education for children across South Carolina. He serves on the Family and Veterans’ Services; Finance; Labor, Commerce and Industry; Medical Affairs; and Transportation Committees.


Senator Johnson prides himself in the deep connection he has with the community he represents— he’s an active member of his church, a tireless advocate for his constituents, and a dedicated public servant. During his time in office, he has earned the following honors,  recognitions, and memberships:


  • Chairman, Black River Healthcare, Inc. 1988-04

  • Leadership South Carolina, 1995

  • National Conference of Black Mayors, 2003-2009

  • President, South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors 2004-10

  • South Carolina Executive Institute 2006

  • Santee-Lynches Council of Government

  • South Carolina Association of Regional Councils, 2002-11

  • Diversity Leaders Initiative, 2011

  • Regional Counter-Terrorism Coordinating Council

  • Member and Chairman Board of Trustees, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Kevin Johnson is married to his wife of over 30 years, Gloria. They have three children, Kimberly, Kenneth, and Kyndra.





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