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Local farmer elected to SC Agriculture Advisor position


The following story is a message from Kaitlyn Hughes, sister of Agriculture Advisor Cody Simpson.

I wanted to share some wonderful news that our family recently experienced. Governor McMaster named my brother, Cody Simpson (left), his Agriculture Advisor, in addition to being Chief Executive Assistant. My brother is a 5th generation farmer and college graduate of Francis Marion University. He continues to represent the Pee Dee and our area well. Please see the attached letter from Governor McMaster.

He was also recently promoted to Major in the South Carolina State Guard where he was named Aide-de-camp to Major General Leon Lott, Commander. My family and I are proud of my brother. I updated his biography to reflect his recent promotions and included it below. I just wanted y’all see his story. He loves the Pee Dee and represents our state well.


Katilyn Hughes

W.R. “Cody” Simpson, III, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Francis Marion University (FMU).

During his time at FMU, Cody was elected as a two-term student body president and Governor of the South Carolina Student Legislature. He was awarded two resolutions on behalf of the South Carolina Senate for his dedication and service to the Palmetto State in addition to being awarded the Legacy Award, the Pride of the Patriots Award from FMU, and the Dr. Neal Thigpen Award in South Carolina Politics. Cody was also recognized by Francis Marion University as the 2019 Benjamin Ingram Wall Young Alumnus of the Year.

Cody currently serves as the Chief Executive Assistant and Agriculture Advisor to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. Previously, Cody was employed at Francis Marion University, where he held several positions including special projects for Dr. Fred Carter, FMU President.

Cody is a Major in the South Carolina State Guard, where he serves as the Aide-de-Camp to Major General Leon Lott, SC State Guard Commander, and Officer in Charge of the Executive Governmental Affairs unit. He is a graduate of the South Carolina State Guard Command and General Staff College. He is a former Commissioner on the Pee Dee Region Forestry Commission, former Co-Chair of the 2015-2016 Leadership Florence Class, former member of the Downtown Florence Millennials Advisory Committee, and founding advisor for the Junior Leadership Florence County 4-H Program.

Cody is a proud member of Farm Bureau, Forestry Association of South Carolina, Hampton Masonic Lodge No. 204, and Kappa Alpha Order.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling and working on his family’s South Carolina Century Farm, W.R. Simpson Farms, LLC, in the Home Branch Community of Clarendon County.