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Richard Ara Harpootlian

Richard Ara Harpootlian, American lawyer. Bar: South Carolina 1974. Chairman South Carolina Democratic Party, 1998-2003.


  • Harpootlian, Richard Ara was born on January 23, 1949 in Brooklyn. Son of Harold C. and Joan (Williams) Harpootlian.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Clemson University, 1971. Juris Doctor, University South Carolina, 1974.


    • Assistant solicitor Solicitor' General’ s Office (5th circuit), Columbia, South Carolina, 1975-1977, deputy solicitor, 1977-1983. Partner Swerling & Harpootlian, 1983-1990. Solicitor Solicator' General’ s Office (5th circuit), Cola, South Carolina, 1991-1995.

      Private practice, since 1995.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: South Carolina 1974.


    Church should build bridges with political institutions through organizing ecumenical delegations to the party conferences.


    The longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.

    Denomination: Methodist


    All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.


    Chairman South Carolina Democratic Party, 1998-2003.


    • Married Pamela McCreery, January 1, 1972.
    • father: Harold C. Harpootlian
    • mother: Joan (Williams) Harpootlian
    • spouse: Pamela McCreery
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    Born January 23, 1949
    (age 68)