Judge Gordon B. Jenkinson was born on November 19, 1948. His parents were W. E. Jenkinson, Jr., an attorney and Emma Gordon Jenkinson, a school teacher and homemaker.
He attended public schools in Kingstree and graduated from the Citadel in 1971 with a B. A. in English and in 1974 he received his law degree from U. S. C.
Judge Jenkinson served in the US Army Reserves from 1971-1978 and was discharged as a Captain.
In late 1974 he began practicing law with his father and his brother W. E. Jenkinson, III. The firm specialized in litigation and Judge Jenkinson also served as the Williamsburg County Public Defender from 1981-1992. From 2002 until his election he was a sole practitioner in the Jenkinson Law Firm, PA.
He is a former president of the Williamsburg County Bar Association and a former member of the Resolution of Fee Disputes Panel for the Third Judicial Circuit. He is also a former member of the SC Coastal Council; former president of the Williamsburg County Chamber of Commerce; former chairman of the Board of Directors of Williamsburg Academy; the Williamsburg Voters Registration Board, and the Board of Architectural Review for the Town of Kingstree.
Judge Jenkinson is a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church where he has served as senior Warden and Lay Eucharistic minister. He also taught a Junior and Senior High Sunday School class for 19 years.
He was elected in February 2007 to replace the Honorable R. Wright Turbeville who retired.
He is married to the former Peggy Kelley of Georgetown, SC and they have two daughters, Martha Kent J. Runey who is a U. S. C. Law graduate and a staff attorney with the Charleston County Public Defender’s Office and Mary J. High of Walterboro, a Salem College graduate, who is an artist and a homemaker. He has four adorable grandchildren.
In his free time Judge Jenkinson enjoys reading, traveling, hanging out at Folly Beach and writing. In 1996 Nimrod House published his debut novel, Live Oaks, to critical acclaim. In 2007 he published St. Alban’s Episcopal Church: A Short History of a Small Mission (R. L. Bryan) and A History of the Homes and People of Williamsburgh District (History Press, 2007). In the fall of 2011 Pelican Publishing Company published his second novel River Road.