Nikki (Nikki) G. Setzler (D-SS26)
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Capitol: 803.212.6140
FAX: 803.212.6299
District: 803.796.1285
South Carolina State Senate
Room 510 Gressette Building 1101 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201

District Office:
249 Congaree Park Drive
West Columbia, SC 29169
Elected: 1976    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Ada Jane Taylor   DOB: 8/7/1945
Committee Assignments
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
MemberSenate Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry
MemberSubcommittee on K-12 Education Budget
ChairmanSubcommittee on Natural Resources and Economic Development Budget
MemberSenate Committee on Legislative Oversight
MemberJoint Committee on Interstate Cooperation
MemberSenate Committee on Banking and Insurance
MemberSenate Committee on Education
MemberSenate Committee on Ethics
Counties Representing
Aiken / Calhoun / Lexington / Richland / Saluda


Nikki Setzler is a family man, small businessman and reformer. He is a caring conservative with a dedicated career of public service. In the Senate, he has fought day in and day out for the local issues that matter to his constituents and the people of South Carolina. He has worked tirelessly to streamline state government and improve the quality of life for all of us. He's an advocate for all of us because he truly is one of us. Attorney Residing at 249 Congaree Park Drive, in West Columbia Born August 7, 1945 in Asheville, North Carolina Son of Harry Earl and Verna Leona (Parker) Setzler University of South Carolina, B.A., 1968, J.D., 1971 August 16, 1969 married Ada Jane Taylor, 4 children, Tara Nikole, Jamie Leona, Sabra Taylor, and Amber Jane Member, Advisory Group for Southern Regional Education Board Outstanding Leadership Award, Governor's School for the Arts, 1990 Legislative Award for South Carolinians with Disabilities by South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Association, 1991 Outstanding Senator for Continued Support of Public Education, South Carolina School Boards Association, 1991 Award for Support for Education, Palmetto State Teachers Association, 1991 Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to Education Award by South Carolina Council of Elementary School Principals, 1990-91 Future Farmers of America Honorary Chapter Degree, 1992 Appreciation Award by Columbia College Board of Visitors, 1988-92 School Health Service Award, 1992 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of Charleston, 1992 Legislator of the Year Award by Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina, Inc., 1993 Commendation by South Carolina Counseling Association, 1994-95 Outstanding Service Award by South Carolina Agricultural Education Programs, 1994 Commendation by South Carolina Council of Parents and Teachers, 1994 Richard W. Riley Award for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment by South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Educators, 1995 Carl Perkins Humanitarian of the Year Award for South Carolina, 1995 Legislator of the Year, South Carolina Association of School Librarians, 1995 Honorary Doctorate of Education, Columbia College, 1997 Public Servant of the Year by South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 1998 Award in Appreciation of Unrelenting Efforts on Behalf of the Parents and Young Children of South Carolina by Department of Education Parenting/Family Literacy Initiatives, 1999 Honored by Future Farmers of America, 1999 W. J. Castine Partner in Progress Award for Exemplary Service to South Carolina Elementary and Middle Schools, 1999 Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to Higher Education and Student Financial Assistance Programs, 1999 Award for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment to Technical Education, 1999 Award of Appreciation for support by South Carolina FFA Association, 2000 Award of Appreciation by Lexington County Peach Festival and Community of Gilbert , 2000 Commendation from Southern Regional Education Board for ten years of outstanding service, 2000 Commendation from Lexington County School District Four Board of Trustees for contributions to public education, 2000 Honorary American FFA Degree by National FFA Organization, 2000 Friend of Reading Recovery Award for outstanding contributions, 2000 Outstanding Policy Leader from South Carolina State Board of Education, 2000 Award for Exemplary Service to Public Education by South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators, 2001 Outstanding Service Award, South Carolina Education Association-Retired, 2002 Friend of the Taxpayer Award, South Carolina Association of Taxpayers, 2002 Honored by the American Institute of Architects, South Carolina Chapter, 2004 Recognition by South Carolina School Nurses, 2002 Legislator of the Year, South Carolilna Association of the Deaf, 2005 Outstanding Contributions to Public Education, Governor's Workforce Education Task Force & Superintendent of Education, 2005 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, University of South Carolina, 2008 West Metro Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, 2011 Future of Education's Golden Apple Award, South Carolina Chapter National Coalition for Public School Options, 2011 Friend of Conservation Award. Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District, 2011 Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, The Chairman's Award, 2012 Citizens for Sound Conservation Peas and Carrots Award, 2012 State Retirees Association of South Carolina, Legislator of the Year, 2012