Gov. Mark Sanford July 30 nominated Harry Bancroft “Buck” Limehouse Jr. as secretary of transportation for the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
Limehouse is the first person in the history of South Carolina nominated for this post, which is part of the governor’s cabinet.
Limehouse had been appointed to the position of executive director by the SCDOT Commission May 1. He became Chief Administrative Officer June 27 when Sanford signed the DOT Reform Act into law.
In his statement, the governor said; “Buck Limehouse’s wealth of institutional knowledge made him the right person for the job.”
Limehouse has much experience in the transportation arena in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast. His experience includes service on the SCDOT Commission where he was elected as the commissioner from the 1st Congressional District in 1993.
After state government was reorganized in 1994, Limehouse was appointed SCDOT Commission Chairman by Gov. Carroll Campbell in that same year. He was reappointed Commission Chairman by Gov. David Beasley in 1995, serving until 1999.
Limehouse has been involved in many efforts to improve the quality of transportation in South Carolina. During his tenure as SCDOT Commission Chairman, and as a member of the State Infrastructure Bank Board, he initiated several major transportation projects that totaled in the billions of dollars in value. Some of those projects include the Cross Island Parkway, the Southern Connector, the Conway Bypass and the Carolina Bays Parkway.
After learning of his nomination, Limehouse said, “I’d like to thank Governor Sanford for his trust and confidence in me to serve as South Carolina’s first secretary of transportation. I believe my previous experience with highway initiatives on the state and federal level resulted in the completion of many projects large and small. This experience will allow me to get SCDOT on the right track, and get this state moving forward again to maintain and expand our state highway system.”
Limehouse also said, “South Carolina’s highway system is the infrastructure for economic development, and our state’s future depends on our ability to have a first-class transportation system. Moreover, we must redouble our efforts to make our highways as safe as possible. Reducing deaths and injuries will be a top priority.”
Following his tenure on the SCDOT Commission, Limehouse served as a consultant to the Georgia DOT in 2002. His focus was the Northern Arc project, a 60-mi. high-speed, limited access freeway north of Atlanta.
Following his service with Georgia DOT, Limehouse was nominated by the Florida DOT Commission for the post of secretary of transportation in that state. He was one of three finalists for the position out of more than 80 candidates.