Sworn into office in January 2011, Seth Rose represents Richland County Council District Five, which includes Five Points, the Vista, the campuses of the University of South Carolina, Allen University and Benedict College as well as surrounding areas and neighborhoods. As a Councilman, Mr. Rose's highest priorities are to improve the transparency of local government, spur responsible economic development, improve public safety and be a good steward of the County's resources by voting for sound financial budgeting.
During his first year on County Council, Seth was responsible for the "biggest act of transparency in Richland County history" when he wrote the measure to publicly broadcast Council meetings. He followed this measure up four years later when he led the effort to establish roll-call voting procedures on Council, which requires each Councilmember to be on-the-record when they vote.
Mr. Rose has been publicly recognized for his community leadership on County Council and is the 2011 recipient of the Courage in Leadership Award from the LGBT community for his work to eliminate discrimination in Richland County. In addition to being named a Rising Star in 2012 by the S.C. New Democrats he was named the 2015 Green Elected Official of the Year by Keep the Midlands Beautiful, becoming the first local elected official to ever receive the award.
Mr. Rose attended the University of South Carolina where he was a First Team All-America singles tennis player for the Gamecocks. In 2014, he was elected to the University of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments as a Gamecock men’s tennis player. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he obtained his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. A former Richland County prosecutor, Mr. Rose is currently a trial attorney in Columbia for the Law Office of Seth Rose. He is an active community volunteer and has served for several years as a tennis coach for the Special Olympics of South Carolina.
He and his wife Anna, a pharmacist, reside in Columbia and attend Downtown Church of Columbia. They are the proud parents of their three children Cole, Luke and Matilda.