Tom Ervin’s Bio
Tom Ervin grew up in Honea Path where he listened to the “Matt & Bev Show” on WRIX-FM 103.1. Tom’s mother Louise worked in the lunchroom at WatkinsElementary School and later worked as a feature writer for the Anderson Independent Daily Mail. Tom’s father owned and operated Ervin Real Estate.
Tom attended Anderson County School District Two public schools. He was elected President of the Student Body at BeltonHoneaPathHigh School where he played for BHP Bears Football Coach “Sonny” King and lettered in football.
Ervin attended ErskineCollege where he graduated in 1974. While at Erskine, Ervin was editor of the college newspaper and was elected chairman of the Honor Council.
Ervin worked his way through law school by hand-canceling mail on the night shift at the Columbia Post Office. He also worked as a security guard for the USC Campus Police. After graduating in 1977, Ervin was appointed part time prosecutor and town attorney for the Town of Honea Path. He later served as an Assistant Solicitor in AndersonCounty prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases before the Family Court.
Ervin served two terms in the General Assembly representing House District 7 in AndersonCounty. He served on the House Crime Study Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. He and former Rep. David H. Wilkins co-sponsored the “three strikes you’re out” bill targeting violent offenders which became law.
Ervin was the youngest circuit court judge ever elected in South Carolina at age 32. Ervin served as a non-voting member on the Anderson County Courthouse Commission during the design phase of the new Anderson County Courthouse.
After leaving the bench in 1999, Ervin served as the first President of Foothills Community Foundation where he helped the Board raise over $5 million for community charities. Ervin later served as interim executive director of Foothills United Way for two years where he and his staff led a record setting campaign for leadership giving.
Ervin founded Ervin Broadcasting, LLC in 2013 when he purchased radio stations WRIX-FM, WANS-AM and WRIX-AM.
In honor of his wife Kathryn, a Clemson graduate, Ervin has sponsored the Kathryn Williams Ervin Mock Trial Competition to provide Clemson undergraduates who are planning a career in law with an opportunity to participate in a mock jury trial.