2011 The Root 100

Steve Benjamin is the mayor of Columbia, S.C.

  • Influence: 70.2
  • Reach: 10.0
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 127
  • Internet Mentions: 26800
  • Twitter Followers: 3139
  • Steve Benjamin

  • Public servant who is Columbia, S.C.'s first African-American mayor and first new mayor in 20 years.
  • Job: Mayor, Columbia, S.C.
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @stevebenjaminsc
  • Location: Columbia, S.C.
  • Age: 41
  • Bio: Steve Benjamin is out to make Columbia, S.C., the "most talented, entrepreneurial and educated city in the Southeast." That's why he was recently in Belgium trying to lure hundreds of jobs to South Carolina. "We are out job hunting," he said. At the same time, Benjamin is focusing on issues such as new fuel technology, prisoner re-entry and making sure kids have basic dental care: "We have the opportunity to build a city where people live up to their God-given potential, and let's not forget the fun." Visit his website and like his Facebook page.