LAURENS, SC – David Stumbo was sworn in as the new Eighth Circuit Solicitor in the main courtroom at the Laurens County Judicial Center on Wednesday afternoon surrounded by friends, family, fellow attorneys and law enforcement officials from all four counties in the Eighth Judicial Circuit, including all four sheriffs.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson spoke at the ceremony, calling Stumbo a “firm and fair” prosecutor and crediting the new Solicitor with providing Wilson “wise counsel” that helped shape the office of the state’s leading prosecutor.
“One of my worst days as Attorney General – and I say this tongue in cheek – was the day that David told me he was leaving the A.G.’s office to run for Solicitor in the Eighth Circuit,” Wilson said. “When I was elected Attorney General, David was the first person I called. I wanted him back in the Attorney General’s Office because of his character and skill in the courtroom.”
South Carolina 3rd District Congressman Jeff Duncan attended the ceremony, performed by resident circuit court judge Frank Addy, in support of Stumbo. Duncan publicly endorsed Stumbo during last year’s election.
“I think the people of the Eighth Circuit made a great choice,” Duncan said following the ceremony. “I have no doubt that the office of the Solicitor will be managed in a tremendous way and the district will be served with great prosecutorial skill.”
“This was a big step for our family,” Stumbo said. “It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and stepping out on a lot of faith. It was big step for us, but we’re convinced that this was God’s plan for our family.”
Stumbo’s wife Vanessa beamed at her husband from the front row of the courtroom throughout the ceremony.
“I am beyond proud of David,” Vanessa Stumbo said. “He is a fair, hard-working man and is dedicated to the families of our counties.”
The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Greenwood County Courthouse that was highly attended by almost every law enforcement agency in the area.