Following the South Carolina House of Representatives announcing the 2015-2016 Legislative Session Committee Appointments, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

"With new leadership of the South Carolina House of Representatives, much will change including legislative committee assignments. The new committee assignments bode well for the Myrtle Beach area. With the Grand Strand losing two seats on the all-important Ways and Means Committee, we needed local representation that would champion the Myrtle Beach area and ensure it receives adequate funding in state budgets. We are fortunate that Representatives Alan Clemmons and Nelson Hardwick agreed to step down from their prior committees in order to fill two vacant seats on the Ways and Means Committee. We are also very pleased that the Grand Strand delegation gained two seats on both the Labor Commerce and Industry Committee and the Education Committee. We applaud Speaker Lucas's efforts to assure the Grand Strand is well-represented on key House committees and the dedication of our entire legislative delegation who will proudly serve this region on their respective committees."

Below is a list of local representatives and the committees they will serve on:

• Rep. Carl L. Anderson - Labor, Commerce and Industry; and Regulations and Administrative Procedures
• Rep. Alan D. Clemmons - Ways and Means; and Rules
• Rep. Heather Ammons-Crawford - Labor, Commerce and Industry
• Rep. Gregory D. Duckworth - Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs
• Rep. J. Wayne George - Education and Public Works; and Regulations and Administrative Procedures
• Rep. Stephen Goldfinch, Jr. - Judiciary
• Rep. Kevin Hardee - Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs; and Interstate Cooperation
• Rep. Nelson L. Hardwick - Ways and Means
• Rep. Jackie E. "Coach" Hayes - Ways and Means; and Rules
• Rep. Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Johnson - Education and Public Works
• Rep. Mike Ryhal - Labor, Commerce and Industry