Post & Courier: Sen. Kimpson turning heads as rookie legislator

Post & CourierIt’s a hot August morning in Charleston, and Sen. Marlon Kimpson is scrambling to find someone at city hall to help him.

He just got a call from the “Ready for Hillary” staff, who asked for help in finding a permit for their bus to park downtown – that afternoon. Kimpson, who just finished his first legislative session in June, is doing his best to follow protocol and find the right people.

“The everyday citizen has to go through channels to accomplish their objectives,” Kimpson said. “I don’t believe I should be given any special privilege because I am a state senator. It allows me to experience firsthand what the average citizen experiences when he or she requests things from our system of government.” Read more ›

Letter from Sen. Kimpson to SCANA re: power line rebuilding project

[click here for a pdf of the letter

Dear Mr. Byrne,

I write on behalf of numerous constituents who have contacted me about the power-line rebuilding project in the Hampton Park, Wagener Terrace and Westside communities.  Many have expressed a serious concern about the unfettered disregard for Hampton Park and the intrusion of several commercial-grade utility poles that recently replaced wooden poles in a prominent area of the park. Read more ›

Senator Kimpson Announces Grant Award Winners from His Senatorial Compensation

TimeforchangeChronicleAd2-2final_copyAugust 18, 2014
News Release – For Immediate Release
Contact: Radia Heyward – 843-906-0933

Senator Marlon Kimpson, his wife Kimberlyn and the Time To Give Back Committee are pleased to announce the non-profit organizations that have been selected to receive grant funding from his South Carolina Senate compensation. “It was a very competitive process and we had some tough decisions to make. All of the applicants are worthy of funding,” said Senator Kimpson. “The committee worked hard to sort through the submissions and determine how to allocate the resources. We tried to stretch the money as far as possible,” said Kimberlyn Kimpson.

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Post & Courier: After Curnell death, lawmaker requests Senate review of Charleston police ‘stop-and-frisk’

Post & CourierA local lawmaker has asked fellow senators to decide whether the Charleston Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” procedures run afoul of the law.

Sen. Marlon Kimpson’s request came this week after the Charleston Democrat heard residents’ concerns about 19-year-old Denzel Curnell’s death. Curnell fatally shot himself June 20 after an officer confronted him in part because the policeman thought he was dressed suspiciously.

A Charleston police field guide lays out factors, such as wearing heavy clothing in the summer, that officers can consider in developing suspicion that someone might be armed and acting criminally. But critics have said the provisions could give rise to unintended racial profiling. Young black men, such as Curnell, often wear hooded sweatshirts, despite the heat, they argued. Read more ›

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Marlon E. Kimpson
Telephone: (803) 212-6056
Fax: (803) 212-6299
Mailing Address:
P. O. Box 142
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Physical Address:
613 Gressette Bldg.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201