Edward R. “Eddie” Tallon was elected to the S.C. House in 2010, and quickly established himself as a leader in the House Republican Caucus — being appointed Chief Whip in 2014. He is a respected voice on law enforcement and public safety issues and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee.
Eddie was born to the late Virginia and Ray Tallon in Baltimore, Maryland in 1944. At the time, Eddie’s father was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.
At the end of World War II, the family returned to Florence, where Ray Tallon pursued a career with the Florence County Sheriff’s Department. Eddie grew up and graduated from McClenaghan High School in 1962.
After high school, Eddie served four years (1963-1967) in the US Air Force and received an Honorable Discharge before returning to South Carolina to continue his education at Spartanburg Methodist College. In the Air Force, Eddie served in the 1st Air Commando Wing and served in the US, Thailand, and Vietnam. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal.
Spartanburg Methodist was his first exposure to the Upstate, and he fell in love with the area. Eddie went on to graduate from Spartanburg Methodist College in 1970 and from Limestone College in 1971. Eddie worked part-time at SLED during college, and as a senior at Limestone College, he practice taught in Gaffney.
Eddie met and married Linda Roberts, from Kings Mountain, NC, while both were at Limestone and have been married for more than 42 years. Linda was a public school teacher until they started a family and they are the proud parents of two adult children, both of whom are Clemson University graduates. Emily is a public school special education teacher, with a masters degree in Visual Impairments and Ray is a successful self employed small business owner, Mosquito Free Yards, with offices in Spartanburg, Columbia, Florence and Charleston. Linda’s mother, Louise Roberts, 99, has shared the Tallon home for 12 years.
Florence County Sheriff’s Office: Eddie created the first County Narcotics Unit in the history of Florence County and was named Chief of Narcotics. He served in the same department as his father had for so many years.
SLED: After returning to SLED, Eddie worked in Narcotics, Investigations and Executive Protection. He was the Lieutenant Supervisory Special Agent for the Piedmont region upon his retirement. Eddie was the Agent in Charge of the investigation for the murder of LeRoy Tyner by the notorious serial killer, Pee Wee Gaskins, a crime for which he was executed in 1991.
Ryan’s: During his tenure at Ryan’s Restaurant Group, a public company with over 23,000 employees, he created a loss prevention department. Eddie was Vice President of Internal Audit and Loss Prevention where he developed and implemented programs that led to the reduction of robberies and burglaries by 95% and reduced cash shortages by 37% over a period of only three years. He implemented numerous other programs concerning workplace violence, crisis management, state and federal compliance background checks and asset management. Eddie maintains his status as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
In addition to his public service, Eddie is very involved in a number of associations and local charitable groups:
- Board member and past-President of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association,
- Past President of the National Food Service Security Council,
- The American Legion,
- Vietnam Veterans Association,
- Serves as Commissioner on the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies,
- Member of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association,
- Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
- Member of ASIS International, Infragard and The Spartanburg Executive Sertoma Club,
- He is also a former member of the Lions Club and was honored as Lion of the Year in 1981.
Eddie has also been named Legislator of the Year for the Fraternal Order of Police, 2012; Legislator of the Year for the SC Sheriff’s Association, 2013; Legislator of the Year for the National Association of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2013; Chief Majority Whip for 2014; and was inducted into the Society of the Maltese Cross, the highest honor from the SC Firefighters Association in 2014.
Eddie Tallon’s extensive experience in policies and procedures in both the public and private sectors, as well as his experience in supervision and leadership, make him the right person for the job of representing House District 33. Eddie has the experience and the expertise to make things happen for our district.
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