When we think of Lutherans in government, the names George E. Meetze and Alton C. Clark may not spring to mind. But for 50 years and 35 years respectively, these ELCA pastors have served as chaplains for the South Carolina General Assembly, providing spiritual guidance and counseling.
Meetze, 91, was elected chaplain of the Senate in 1950, and Clark, 89, was voted chaplain of the House of Representatives in 1965.
Last June, South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges awarded each the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest honor.
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