Serving District 119 in Charleston County
family and the people of this community are at the heart of who
I am. I have been extremely fortunate to have both in my life and
my service in the State House is one way of giving back to everyone
who has done so much for me over the years." - Rep. Leon Stavrinakis
Getting to know Leon, Anne and family
shares time with daughter Clara Anne.
Leon was born and raised in Charleston and has always believed Charleston
County is a special place to live and raise a family. He lives in West
Ashley with his wife Anne and their three children; Clara Anne, Emmanuel
and Emma. Leon attended Orange Grove Elementary School, Wallace Middle
School and Middleton High School (Class of 1984). He graduated from the
College of Charleston in 1988 and received his law degree from the University
of South Carolina in 1992. Leon served as local prosecutor from 1993-2000.
He founded the Stavrinakis Law Firm in 1996.
Anne, also a native Charlestonian, is the daughter of Clara Holland
Heinsohn and the late Richard Heinsohn. She attended Mason Prep, Bishop
England and graduated from Ashley Hall School. Anne has both undergraduate
and master's degrees in education from the College of Charleston.
Leon served proudly and effectively on Charleston County Council for
eight years. In an historic event, he was elected Chairman of Council
while in the minority party. Leon has constantly worked across party
lines to improve planning and control growth, pass property tax reform
and to fight crime and drugs in our community. Leon has never voted for
an income or property tax increase and has made a name for himself with
his effective, bi-partisan leadership style.
Leon was taught by his loving parents the value of hard work and the
importance of family and faith while growing up. Today, Leon is able
to carry on those strong values instilled in him with his own family.
Leon and Anne were married in 2001. They maintain close, daily contact
with their respective families all of whom live in the Charleston area.
Leon often reflects with those around him how proud he is of his family,
church and community life, and how his experiences and teachings have
allowed him to be a better father, husband and public representative.