Phone: (803) 851-4884
Term expires: 2018
into office in January 2011, Seth Rose represents Richland County Council
District Five, which includes Five Points, the Vista, the campuses of the
University of South Carolina, Allen University and Benedict College as well as
surrounding areas and neighborhoods. As a Councilman, Mr. Rose's highest
priorities are to improve the transparency of local government, spur
responsible economic development, improve public safety, and be a good steward
of the county's resources by voting for sound financial budgeting.
During his first year on County Council, Seth was responsible for the
"biggest act of transparency in Richland County history" when he
wrote the measure to publicly broadcast Council meetings. He followed
this measure up four years later when he led the effort to establish roll-call
voting procedures on Council, which requires each council member to be
on-the-record when they vote.
Seth has been publicly recognized for his community leadership on County Council and is
the 2011 recipient of the "Courage in Leadership Award" from the LGBT
community for his work to eliminate all types of discrimination
in Richland County. In addition to being named a Rising Star in 2012 by the
S.C. New Democrats he was most recently named the 2015 "Green Elected
Official of the Year" by Keep the Midlands Beautiful, becoming the first
local elected official to ever receive the award.
Rose attended the University of South Carolina where he was a First Team
All-America singles tennis player for the Gamecocks. In 2014 he was elected to
the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame for his athletic
accomplishments as a Gamecock men’s tennis player. Upon completing his
undergraduate studies, he obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of
South Carolina School of Law. A former Richland County Prosecutor, Mr. Rose is
currently a trial attorney in Columbia for the Law Office of Seth Rose.
Councilman Rose is an active community volunteer and has served for several
years as a tennis coach for the Special Olympics of South Carolina.
He and his wife Anna, a pharmacist, reside in Columbia and attend
Downtown Church of Columbia.
Mr. Rose and Mrs. Rose are the proud parents of their three children Cole, Luke and Matilda.