Articles and Speeches
Nelson Mullins’ David Wilkins recognized as one of Greenville Business Magazine's Hall of Fame 50 Most Influential People of 2014
January 23, 2015
Reprinted with permission from the Greenville Business Magazine
David Wilkins made the inaugural list of 50 Most Influential with a surprisingly short entry given the fact he was at the time Speaker of the House. "This Greenville attorney and State Representative is the most powerful member of the South Carolina House. And what he does or doesn't do impacts Greenville virtually every day." Wilkins was not just Speaker of the House, he was the first Republican Speaker since Reconstruction and served for 11 years. In his 25 years in the Legislature, Wilkins was involved in several high-profile issues, including passage of a major ethics bill and Education Accountability Act. Wilkins was also a central figure in the relocation of the Confederate battle flag from atop the State Capitol Building to its present location behind the Confederate Memorial and championed the adoption of the Martin Luther Kind holiday.