Bingham awarded South Carolina's highest civilian honor


Kenneth Bingham received the award Jan. 11 from Gov. Nikki Haley at the South Carolina Statehouse.   Contributed photo

Former South Carolina House Majority Leader Kenneth "Kenny" Bingham has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, in recognition of his work and dedication to his constituents.

Bingham received the award Jan. 11 from Gov. Nikki Haley at the South Carolina Statehouse.

"Through your exceptional leadership in the South Carolina General Assembly since 2001, you have served your constituency with integrity and demonstrated your strong commitment to the Palmetto State," Haley wrote in a letter to Bingham. "You have proven yourself an effective leader, and your countless contributions will have a lasting impact on our state for years to come."

Bingham, a businessman from Cayce, served as House majority leader from 2008-12. He recently joined the Adams and Reese Columbia office as a government affairs adviser following his retirement from the legislature.

The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina's highest civilian honor awarded to citizens of South Carolina for extraordinary lifetime service and achievements of national or statewide significance. Given solely at the discretion of the governor, the award was established by former Gov. John West in 1971.

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