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Our collections include records of South Carolina’s leaders in Congress and the General Assembly, the state’s political parties, and other individuals and organizations playing substantive roles in politics and government.

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Martschink, Sherry Shealy (b. 1949)

Currrently closed.  Martschink served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975. She was a junior at the University of South Carolina when elected in November 1970 to represent Lexington County, becoming the nation's youngest lawmaker. In 1986, after serving five years on a local school board, she was elected to the South Carolina Senate from Charleston County in a special election and in 1988 was elected to a full term. Martschink was appointed to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission in 1992 and served as commissioner until 2004, including one term as vice chair of the commission.