G. Murrell Smith, Jr.
Chairman, SC House Ways and Means Committee
Murrell Smith was born in Florence, South Carolina in 1968 to Jody and Murrell Smith. He moved to Sumter at the age of nine and has called Sumter home ever since. He chose Sumter to live, work, and begin his family. Murrell constantly strives to improve Sumter County and is committed to protecting the values and quality of life that makes Sumter everyone’s home.
Murrell graduated from Wofford College in 1990 with a double major in history and government. Upon the completion of Wofford, Murrell pursued his law degree at the University of South Carolina School of Law. After graduation in 1993, Murrell returned to Sumter to practice law. Murrell is currently a partner in the Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith Law Firm and is an owner of Reliable Medical Equipment of South Carolina.
Murrell participates in the Sumter Palmetto Rotary Club, is a former board member of the Sumter Gallery of Art and was previously on the Wofford Alumni Executive Committee from 2003 until 2005. Since 2005, he has served on the Commission on Indigent Defense. He currently serves on the Sumter County Public Defender Corporation Board, which from 2005 to 2007 Murrell served as acting Chairman. In 2006, Murrell was re-appointed by Governor Haley to the South Carolina Military Affairs Commission.
Professionally, Murrell is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Sumter County Bar Association, SC Defense Trial Lawyers Association, the Defense Research Institute, John Belton O’Neil Inn of Court and the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Politically, Murrell was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2001 to serve District 67 in Sumter County. He served on the House Judiciary Committee until 2009. During this period, he was First Vice Chairman of the Committee and then served as Chairman of the Criminal Laws Subcommittee. Currently, Murrell serves as Chairman, SC House Ways and Means Committee. Previously he was Chairman on the Health, Human Services & Medicaid Subcommittee. He also is the Vice-Chairman on the Joint Other Fund Oversight Committee from 2011-2015. In 2010, Murrell was the Vice-Chairman of the SC Sentencing Reform Commission and in 2012 he was the SCGOP House Ethics Return Study Committee Chairman. Murrell is also on the House Ethics Committee, the SC Agency Head Salary Review Commission, Judicial Merit Screening Committee, and Joint Bond Review Committee.
Murrell has received many accolades that exemplify his commitment to public service and love of Sumter. Most recently, in 2018 he received a Child Advocate Award, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Solomon Award, and the United Way South Carolina Common Good Award for Health.
Murrell is married to the former Macaulay White of Sumter. Macaulay and Murrell have two children. Their daughter, Mary Brown “Bee”, was born in 2009 and son, G. Murrell Smith, III. Murrell enjoys spending time with his family, travel, and hunting. He is also an active member of First Presbyterian Church.