And now he has two more accolades, which he received in just the last two days, to add to his record.
On Tuesday, Rison was named the official party elector for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.
Yesterday, he became the alternate National Delegate for the 1st District, too, and later this year will attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
“It was certainly a surprise,” Rison says. “I am looking forward to going (to the convention).”
The title of “elector” means that Rison will get to cast one of the nine official electoral votes afforded to South Carolina, pending on if Pres. Obama wins the state in the November General Election.
At the July 31 executive committee meeting of the state Democratic Party, he was nominated by North Charleston’s Nancy Seufert, and won the role uncontested by acclamation.
Both Seufert and Rison are Dorchester County representatives to the state party.
The very next day after winning the title of elector, Rison was notified by the state party that he was to assume the role of alternate National Delegate.
At the state convention in May, Rison placed fourth in eligibility in the election for the 1st Congressional District’s national delegate. The top two in the race were named delegates, with the third (Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl) taking the role of alternate delegate.
Another national delegate in the state (Newberry’s Jim Lander in the 5th Congressional District) recently stepped down, however. When Rawl moved up to assume Lander’s position, so too did Rison, taking Rawl’s alternate delegate spot.
This won’t be Rison’s first Democratic National Convention, though. He attended the 1996 convention as an alternate, and in 2000 was elected to be Al Gore’s national delegate from the 1st Congressional District.
Currently serving as Dorchester County’s representative to the state party’s executive committee, Rison was also county party chair from 1988 to 1994.
Now professor emeritus, in 2006 Rison retired from his position as chair of Charleston Southern University’s History and Political Science department.