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SC House District 95

1976-1982 Bachelor of Arts Degree, SC State University

2001-2003 Master of Arts in Teaching, SC State University

2012-Present Education Specialist, Leadership & Administration (Candidate, Pending Completion), South Carolina State University

Volunteer history

political and  government experience

Military history

2008 Appointment (Major) Joint Services Detachment of the South Carolina Military Department

1980 Graduate, Officer Candidate School, United States Marine Corps

1978-1980 United States Marine Corps Reserves (Honorable Discharge


2006-Present Orangeburg County School Attendance Supervisor

Responsible for monitoring and enforcement of State’s Compulsory Attendance Law including serving as liaison with County School Districts, the Solicitor’s Office, Family Court and other agencies

2014-Present Exclusive Agent/Owner Horace Mann Companies, The Govan Insurance Agency

Small Business owner associated with a niche market company that provides insurance products and services in a five county area.

organizations & Memberships

Member South Carolina General Assembly (First elected November 1992)

1993-Present Senior Member, South Carolina House Representatives (Ranked 4th of 124)

2014-Present First Vice Chairman, Operations and Management Committee

2005-Present Senior Member, House Education & Public Works Committee

1992-2014 Senior Member, State House Committee

1998-2014 Senior Member, House Rules Committee

2007-Present Senior Member Higher Education Study Committee

2008-2010 Chairman, South Carolina Juvenile Justice Task Force

2004-2005 Member, House Medical, Military & Municipal Affairs Committee

2004-2006 Chairman, South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus

2002-2004 Chairman-Elect, South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus

1992-2004 Member, House Judiciary Committee

1994-1996 SC House Legislative Welfare Reform Task Force

1993-2003 Parliamentarian, South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus

Honors & recognitions

Epsilon Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated

Licensed Minister, Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church

2008 Appointment (Major) Joint Services Detachment of the South Carolina Military Department

1999 Alumnus, Fleming Fellows Leadership Institute

1992 Alumnus, Leadership South Carolina

1990 Alumnus, Leadership Orangeburg1980 Graduate, Officer Candidate School, United States Marine 

​​​​***2012 National Center for Dropout Prevention, Governor & Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award For Excellence In Dropout Prevention​​ 

***2010 South Carolina Association of School Administrators Excellence in Education Award

***2010 South Carolina Commission on Higher Education ,In Recognition and Support of Higher Education

***2006 South Carolina Commission on National & Community Service Recipient, Palmetto Passion and Public Service Award

***2006 South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice ,In recognition of Generous Support & Creation of Teen After -School Centers

***2005 National Black Caucus State Institute, for Outstanding, Service and Support of Financial Literacy Education

2005 Orangeburg Chapter, The Links Inc., National Trends and Services Facet In Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Orangeburg Community

2005 Orangeburg Chapter, American Business Women’s Association Business Associate of the Year

2005 Orangeburg Branch, NAACP In Recognition & Appreciation of Service to the Orangeburg Community

***2005 SC Alliance for After-School Programs , In Recognition of Service and Support of After-School Programs

***2003 Recognition A+ Legislator Award; South Carolina Education Association

***2002 Distinguished Service Award, South Carolina State University, “In recognition of extraordinary accomplishments in government and service to humanity”

***2001 Distinguished Service Award, Delta Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

***1999 Presidential Citation, Presented by Claflin College for “Outstanding Accomplishments In Drug Prevention, Service To The Community and Support of Higher Education”

1999 Outstanding Community Service Award, Edisto-Area Benedict Alumni Club.

***1998 Recognition; Mothers Against Drunk Driving for “Significant Contributions Towards Safe, Sober Roadways In South Carolina”

***1998 Legislator of the Year, SC Association of School Administrators Adult Education Directors Division, for “Continuous Support & Leadership In Adult Education”

1997 Living the Legacy Award, Columbia Section; National Council of Negro Women, Inc.,

1995 Omega Man of the Year, Epsilon Omega Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

***1994 Commendation, SC Association, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Directors for “Outstanding Contributions in the field of Substance Abuse Prevention”

***1994 TRIO Outstanding Achievement Award, Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunities (Upward Bound Alumnus)​​

2013-Present State Board of Directors, South Carolina First Steps

2013-Present South Carolina Financial Literacy Trust Board

2004 - 2005 Lt. Governor Division 21 Carolinas District, Kiwanis International,

2000- Present Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five Foundation

2002- Present Claflin University Board of Visitors,

2006- 2007 Executive Board, South Carolina SAEP II Project on Effective School Leadership

2003 - 2007 National Black Caucus Institute Financial Literacy Task Force.

1998 - 2006 Board of Directors of the Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE)

1998 - 2006 State Department of Education Early Childhood Family Literacy Advisory Committee

2000 – 2002 Governor’s Juvenile Justice Community Task Force Youth Council 1st Judicial Circuit

1991-Present The Kiwanis Club of Orangeburg (Past President, Board Member)

Current occupation


Full Name: Jerry Nelson Govan Jr.

​Birthdate: March 17, 1958 

Family Information: Married to the former Wanda E. Gibson,  father of four.

Political Party:  Democrat