Columbia, SC (WLTX) Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin is the new 76th president of the US Conference of Mayors (USCM).

The USCM is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 cities in the country today and each city in the conference is represented by the chief elected official, the mayor.

Mayor Benjamin has served as the vice president of USCM for the last year.

As President, Mayor Benjamin wil now preside over all official meetings and develop and advocate for the bipartisan agenda adopted by the nation's mayors.