Many remember how I spotlight members of our community here on NathansNews as readers pass along news and accomplishments of their friends and neighbors.

Today, we have one of our own who has been appointed to the SCDOT Commission. This is a very good move for our area and actually comes as part of the restructuring the General Assembly put in place years ago when we passed the Roads Bill (aka “gas tax”).

Y’all know I’m tight with money, but the roads needed to be fixed (and they have, and continue to see improvements). One thing that made that vote easier was the ability to change how DOT Commissioners are appointed. Long story short, a powerful Senator’s brother-in-law had been on the Commission for awhile; but this year, that changed.

Please join me in welcoming one of our own, John Burris from Chapin, to this position!

Commissioner Burriss is President and owner of The Burriss Corporation, a real estate and construction management company. He is also President and owner of St. Andrews Fitness Corporation.

Burris served in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1984-1988. He was also a member of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Board from 1988-1999. He served as the Board’s Chairman from 1994 through 1999.

Commissioner Burriss earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now St. Andrews University) in Laurinburg, N.C.

He and his wife Becca have three children and five grandchildren.