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Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2015

Speaker Jay Lucas received the 2014 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

Bill Barnet was awarded the 2014 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Civic Leadership

The Tenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 13, 2015

Sponsors of the 2015 Wilkins Awards Dinner. To view this year's program, click here. For videos from the program, see below.

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Held on the first night of the legislative session each year and attended by political, community, and business leaders, the Wilkins Awards Dinner promotes citizenship, public service, and bipartisan governing. Each year we honor the leadership, courage, vision, and integrity of one South Carolina legislator and one South Carolina civic leader.

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership was presented to Representative Jay Lucas, speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Representative Lucas has served South Carolina as a member of the House since 1999 and as speaker pro tempore since 2010, and he is widely praised for his ability to keep the legislative body working together on a variety of issues.


We are also pleased to announce that the 2014 Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership was presented to Bill Barnet, CEO of Barnet Development Corporation and former mayor of Spartanburg. Currently, he is deeply involved in Spartanburg’s Northside revitalization initiative, a community partnership which is transforming this neighborhood and creating an infrastructure of opportunity for its residents.



Bob Schieffer, long time television journalist and host of CBS News Face the Nation, gave the keynote address. To view Bob Schieffer's address, click the videos below.


About Bob Schieffer

Schieffer has been a reporter for more than half a century and has worked at CBS News since 1969. He is one of the few reporters in Washington to have covered all four of the major beats: Pentagon, White House, Congress and State Department. He has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon as well as most of those who sought the office.

Schieffer became the CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent in 1982 and was named anchor and moderator of Face the Nation, the network’s highly-rated Sunday public affairs broadcast, in 1991. Schieffer also anchored the Saturday edition of the CBS Evening News for 23 years and, in March 2005, with the departure of Dan Rather, served as interim anchor of the CBS Evening News until August 2006. 

Schieffer has won virtually every award in broadcast journalism, including seven Emmys, the overseas Press Club Award, the Paul White Award, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2008, he was named a living legend by the Library of Congress. The journalism school at Texas Christian University, Schieffer’s alma mater, is named in his honor.

He is the author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You on TV and Bob Schieffer’s America, and was just recently inducted into the National Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

Press Coverage

Columbia Regional Business ReportFurman University Press ReleaseStatehouse ReportThe Hartsville Messenger

Many thanks to our generous sponsors of the tenth annual Wilkins Awards Dinner:

Our great thanks to these Sustaining Sponsors, who support the work of the Riley Institute throughout the year:

  • Dick Riley
  • Lindsay and Billy Webster

More information on the David H. Wilkins Legislative Leadership Program