Derham Cole Receives Legislator of the Year Award

Hundreds of pairs of shoes, large and small, covered the State House steps on March 2, 2016, as part of Disability Advocacy Day. The shoes represent South Carolina citizens with disabilities and special needs. During the celebration, District 32 Representative Derham Cole received the Legislator of the Year Award from the South Carolina Human Service Providers Association.

In accepting the award, Cole said, “There are countless success stories of people living independently due to advances in technology, people who are able to get into the workforce because of training programs, and people able to reach new educational and developmental milestones like never before.”

The award recognizes Cole’s work in the State House to advocate and care for those with special needs and disabilities.

Jerry Bernard, Executive Director of the Charles Lea Center in Spartanburg and Chairman of the Human Service Providers Association, presented the award to Cole. Bernard cited Cole’s work on the House Ways and Means Committee to fund services for the disabled.

Cole has received the Business Advocate Award from the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce four times and is a leading voice in the State House for ethics reform. Derham is an attorney with Wilkes Law Firm in Spartanburg, where his practice emphasizes business litigation and business transactions.