Tapley O. Johnson, Jr. is a graduate of North Carolina State University and a 46-year veteran of the insurance industry. He retired in January 2009 as chairman of Tapco Underwriters, Inc. an insurance agency he founded in 1983.
He is married and has three children and eight grandchildren. He and his wife, Jean, are very involved with the College of Charleston. He serves on the College of Charleston Foundation Board and Jean serves on the advisory board for the School of the Arts. In addition, they are avid basketball fans and follow the Cougars to most of their games. They enjoy spending time in the north woods of Maine and also enjoy their small farm in the North Carolina mountains where they have three donkeys, two goats, a pony and several chickens.