Jimmy Arthur Richardson, II was born and raised in Aynor, South Carolina. He is the son of Elise Gasque Richardson and the late Jimmy Arthur Richardson.
Jimmy received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from the University of South Carolina – Coastal Campus. He graduated in 1997 from Regent University School of Law in Virginia.
After graduating from law school, he worked as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Sidney T. Floyd, and in 1998 began work with the Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office. As an Assistant Solicitor, he prosecuted criminal cases in all divisions of this office - Family Court, Magistrate Court, and General Sessions Court. While assigned to the General Sessions Division, he prosecuted a variety of serious felony cases, including murder, rape, burglary, armed robbery and drug trafficking. He also assisted in the successful prosecution of a murder case in which the defendant received the death penalty.
In January, 2010, Jimmy was promoted to Chief Deputy Solicitor of the Fifteenth Circuit, and in December, 2012, he was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley as Solicitor.
Jimmy, his wife Sheila, and their two children, Joshua and Paizleigh, live in Conway, South Carolina.