Bruce W. Bannister is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and Partner of Bannister and Wyatt, LLC, a Greenville-based law firm.
Bruce graduated from Davidson College in 1995 and went on to earn his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1998.
Admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina in 1998, Bruce was elected as the SC House District 24 Representative in 2005. He currently serves on the Judiciary Committee and is Chairman of the Constitutional Laws Subcommittee. He was elected by his peers to serve as the Assistant Majority leader for the SC House Republican Caucus from 2008-2012, and as the House Majority Leader from 2012-2016. He also serves as the Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Legislator task force.
In his law practice, Bruce primarily focuses on Family Law, Eminent Domain, and Real Estate Law. He has tried cases involving Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Eminent Domain, Education Law, Residential Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Government, Zoning, Planning, and Land Use.
Bruce is a lifelong resident of Greenville, where he serves as a member of the Wig and Robe, Greenville County Young Lawyers, South Carolina Bar, and the Better Business Bureau. He is a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated lawyer, and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Greenville Technical College. He also holds previous experience as a law clerk to the Honorable Larry R. Patterson, Circuit Court Judge.
As an active member within the community, Mr. Bannister is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXVI and a member of Liberty Fellowship’s Class of 2014. He currently serves as a board member for the Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the Andrews Society of Greenville. He is a past Board Member for the Greenville Peace Center and a Child’s Haven. In 2011, Mr. Bannister received the Children’s Hospital Legislative Advocacy Award for his efforts on behalf of the SC Institute for Child Success.
He is married to Mary Margaret, and they raise their 4 children in Greenville.