William Richardson Timmons IV (born April 30, 1984) is an American attorney, entrepreneur and politician serving as the U.S. representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district since 2019. His district is in the heart of the Upstate and includes Greenville, Spartanburg, and most of their suburbs. A member of the Republican Party, Timmons served as the South Carolina state senator from the 6th district from 2016 to 2018.[1][2]

Early life and education

A native of Greenville, Timmons attended George Washington University‘s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he earned a degree in international affairs and political science. He earned a Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina.

Timmons is a lifelong member of Christ Church in Greenville, and serves as a Captain in the South Carolina Air National Guard. On July 17, 2019, he married his wife, Sarah, on the balcony of the Capitol. Senator Tim Scott officiated.[3]

Timmons graduated from New York University in May 2021 with a Master of Science in cybersecurity.

Early career

Timmons spent four years working for the 13th Circuit solicitor‘s office. In this role, he focused on serving victims of domestic violence and helped create a central court for all domestic violence cases in Greenville County.[4]

Timmons owns Swamp Rabbit CrossFit and Soul Yoga, and previously operated the law firm Timmons & Company, LLC.

In 2016, Timmons challenged longtime state senator Mike Fair in the Republican primary for a Greenville-area district. He finished first in the primary with 49.5% of the vote, fewer than 100 votes shy of winning the nomination outright.[5] He then defeated Fair in the runoff with 65% of the vote[6] and faced no major-party opposition in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

Timmons was elected to replace retiring Republican incumbent Trey Gowdy in South Carolina’s 4th congressional district. His campaign slogan was “Washington is broken.”[8][9] On June 10, Timmons placed second in a 13-candidate primary–the real contest in this heavily Republican district–receiving 19.2% of the vote. On June 28, 2018, Timmons defeated former state senator Lee Bright in the runoff with 54.2% of the vote. He did not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; South Carolina state senators serve four-year terms that run concurrently with presidential elections.

Timmons defeated Brandon Brown in the November general election with 59.5% of the vote.[10][11] He became one of the youngest U.S. representatives from South Carolina since 1972.[12]

2020

Timmons defeated Democratic nominee Kim Nelson with 61.6% of the vote.[13]

2022

In a four-candidate Republican primary, Timmons prevailed with 52.7% of the vote;[14] he will face Democratic nominee Ken Hill in the general election.[15]

Tenure

Timmons was sworn into office on January 3, 2019, amid a government shutdown. He cosponsored legislation to require Congress to balance the budget, defund Planned Parenthood, support Gold Star Families, strengthen national defense, and promote school choice.[16]

Timmons serves on the Financial Services Committee, where he introduced legislation seeking to counter China’s efforts to expand its 5G influence in countries receiving assistance from international financial institutions. He was elected by his classmates to represent the freshman class on the Republican Steering Committee.[17]

He introduced legislation proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a member of Congress may serve (H.J.Res.86).[18]

Timmons supported President Donald Trump during his first impeachment, saying of the process, “It is very, very, very broken” (referring to his 2018 campaign slogan “Washington is broken”). He added that he thought the process would be fair in the Senate and called the opposition to impeachment “bipartisan.”[19]

In December 2020, Timmons was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[20] Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[21][22][23]

In January 2021, Timmons announced he would object to the certification of Biden as president.[24] When Congress reconvened after the storming of the United States Capitol, Timmons voted to object to the Electoral College results.[25]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

South Carolina’s 4th congressional district, 2020[27]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons 222,126 61.61
DemocraticKim Nelson133,02336.89
ConstitutionMichael Chandler5,0901.41
N/AWrite-Ins3110.09
Margin of victory83,70223.4
Total votes360,550 100.0
Republican hold
South Carolina’s 4th congressional district, 2018[28]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons 145,321 59.57
DemocraticBrandon Brown89,18236.56
AmericanGuy Furay9,2033.77
N/AWrite-Ins2440.10
Margin of victory56,13923.01
Total votes243,950 100.0
Republican hold
Republican primary runoff results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons 37,096 54.29
RepublicanLee Bright31,23645.71
Total votes68,332 100.0
Republican primary results
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Lee Bright 16,742 24.95
Republican William Timmons 12,885 19.21
RepublicanDan Hamilton12,49418.62
RepublicanJosh Kimbrell7,46511.13
RepublicanJames Epley5,3868.03
RepublicanStephen Brown5,0787.57
RepublicanShannon Pierce2,4423.64
RepublicanMark Burns1,6622.48
RepublicanClaude Schmid1,4142.11
RepublicanDan Albert5100.76
RepublicanJohn Marshall Mosser4570.68
RepublicanJustin David Sanders3540.53
RepublicanBarry Bell2000.3
Total votes67,089 100.0
South Carolina State Senate, District 6 general election, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons 31,732 85.10
ConstitutionRoy G. Magnuson5,55614.90
Total votes37,288 100.0
South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Republican primary runoff, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican William Timmons 6,244 65.30
RepublicanMichael Fair3,31834.70
Total votes9,562 100.0
South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Republican primary, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Michael Fair 3,578 36.30
Republican William Timmons 4,880 49.51
RepublicanJohnny Edwards1,39914.19
Total votes9,857 100.0

Personal life

In response to rumors on social media, Timmons acknowledged in July 2022 that he and his wife were working on their marriage after “going through tough times” in recent months. He said other allegations were false and mostly defamatory and asked for “privacy and prayers.” He told his constituents “don’t be distracted” and emphasizing that his personal life does not affect his congressional service.[29]

References

  1. ^ “William Timmons”. Ballotpedia. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  2. ^ “William Timmons”. SC State House website. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  3. ^ LaFleur, Elizabeth (August 2, 2019). “Rep. William Timmons marries on Senate balcony as Sen. Tim Scott officiates”. Greenville News. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  4. ^ “William Timmons for Congress”.
  5. ^ “Our Campaigns – SC State Senate 06 – R Primary Race – Jun 14, 2016”. www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  6. ^ “Our Campaigns – SC State Senate 06 – R Runoff Race – Jun 28, 2016”. www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  7. ^ “Our Campaigns – SC State Senate 06 Race – Nov 08, 2016”. www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  8. ^ Lovegrove, Jamie (May 5, 2018). “In crowded GOP primary to replace Trey Gowdy, conservatives vie for Trump voters”. The Post & Courier. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Lovegrove, Jamie (December 18, 2019). “SC’s 7 congressmen split along party lines as House votes to impeach Trump”. The Post and Courier. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  10. ^ “South Carolina Election Results: Fourth House District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  11. ^ contact@scytl.com, scytl. “Election Night Reporting”. www.enr-scvotes.org. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  12. ^ Brown, Kirk (November 6, 2018). “William Timmons moves into Trey Gowdy’s seat in SC’s 4th Congressional District”. The Greenville News. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  13. ^ “2020 Statewide General Election Night Reporting – Results”. South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  14. ^ “2022 Statewide Primaries”. South Carolina Election Commission. June 20, 2022. Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  15. ^ “11/8/2022 Statewide General Election Candidate Listing”. South Carolina Election Commission. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  16. ^ “Rep. Timmons Cosponsors his First Legislation”. Timmons U.S. House website (Press release). January 28, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  17. ^ “Timmons Introduces Bill to Counter China’s Efforts to Expand 5G Influence”. Timmons U.S. House website (Press release). February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  18. ^ “H.J.Res.86 – Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve”. congress.gov. Library of Congress. March 5, 2020. Retrieved July 31, 2022.
  19. ^ Lovegrove, Jamie (December 18, 2019). “SC’s 7 congressmen split along party lines as House votes to impeach Trump”. The Post and Courier. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  20. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  21. ^ Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  22. ^ “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  23. ^ Diaz, Daniella (December 11, 2020). “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  24. ^ Brown, Kirk (January 4, 2021). “SC congressmen join GOP effort to oppose Biden election results, but not Sen. Tim Scott”. Greenville News. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  25. ^ Brown, Kirk (January 7, 2021). “Duncan, Timmons and 3 other SC congressmen voted to object to Electoral College results”. Greenville News. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  26. ^ “Member List”. Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  27. ^ “Unofficial Results”. 2020 Statewide General Elections November 3, 2020. South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  28. ^ “Unofficial Results”. 2018 Statewide General Elections November 6, 2018. South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  29. ^ Houck, Taggart (July 19, 2022). “South Carolina Congressman William Timmons addresses rumors on social media regarding his personal life”. WYFF-TV. Retrieved July 19, 2022.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina’s 4th congressional district

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