GREENVILLE, SC – Former longtime state senator for Greenville Ralph Anderson has died at the age of 92.
Anderson died at his home Saturday around 2:30pm from natural causes after an illness, according to the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
Anderson served in the South Carolina statehouse for 22 years as both a representative, from 1991 through 1997, and as a senator, from 1997 until 2013.
Prior to his time at the statehouse, Anderson held a seat on the Greenville City Council from 1983 to 1991.
Anderson also spent more than 30 years as a postmaster before retiring.
South Carolina Senate Democrats tweeted about Anderson’s passing saying, “His commitment to the Upstate and his long career of public service left South Carolina a better place.”
Our hearts are heavy learning of the passing of our good friend and former colleague, Senator Ralph Anderson.
His commitment to the Upstate and his long career of public service left South Carolina a better place. He was truly a champion of the people. pic.twitter.com/CPtm2sDdUS
— SC Senate Democrats (@SCSenateDems) November 30, 2019
Anderson was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 2012.