Richardson starts consulting firm

Scott Richardson, a Hilton Head Island resident and former director of the S.C. Department of Insurance, has formed a national governmental relations and consulting firm with former state Sen. Jim Ritchie of Spartanburg.

Richardson & Ritchie Consulting will provide strategic legislative, business and regulatory consulting services, according to a news release. The firm has offices on Hilton Head and in Greenville and plans to open an office in Columbia in July.

Richardson was director of the Insurance Department from 2007 to 2011. He was a state representative from 1992 to 1996 and a state senator from 2000 to 2007.

Ritchie is executive director of the S.C. Alliance of Health Plans, an insurance industry group. He was a state senator from 2001 to 2008.