Rep. Gary Clary (R-Pickens) was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives House District 3 seat in 2014, and he plans to seek his third term to office in 2018.
Rep. Clary serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee where he is a member of the Criminal Laws Subcommittee. During his first term, Rep. Clary was the only freshman member of the House appointed by Speaker Jay Lucas to the important Legislative Oversight Committee and currently serves as Chairman of the Executive Subcommittee. Rep. Clary was appointed by the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to serve as his designee on the important Legislative Audit Council. He was also appointed to the Joint Transportation Review Committee and the Joint Bond Study Committee.
Rep. Clary has a long history of service and leadership, leading up to and including his run for elected office. Rep. Clary earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Clemson University and Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina. After law school, he worked in Washington, D.C., as Minority Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Internal Security and as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Strom Thurmond.
After practicing law in the private sector for 17 years Rep. Clary was elected as a Circuit Judge by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1992 and reelected in 1997. He retired in September 2002 and re-entered the private sector to work as Assistant General Counsel of Extended Stay America, a Fortune 500 hotel company.
Rep. Clary has also served as an Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies at Greenville Technical College and is a Certified Mediator and Arbitrator. As a South Carolina Circuit Judge, Gary was highly regarded for his knowledge of Criminal Law and Procedure. He is an author and was regarded as a “judge’s judge” during his time on the bench.
He always dreamed of making a home in his college town and in Pickens County. Living in and serving the people of District 3 has allowed him to give back to the community he loves so much. Rep. Clary is active in the Rotary Club of Clemson (Paul Harris Fellow), Fort Hill Clemson Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Clemson United Methodist Church where he has served as Chairperson of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Church Council, and its Finance Committee. Rep. Clary is also a proud former member of the Clemson Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Rep. Clary is a South Carolina native and a lifelong Republican. Gary is married to Patricia Brumbach Clary who retired from the faculty of the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate. Rep. Clary and Patricia are the proud parents of two children, Adair Clary Pederson, a public school teacher, and Lawson Brumbach Clary, an ordained minister. They are even prouder grandparents to Conner and Clary Pederson and Hudson and Grayson Clary.