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South Carolina government and politics covers the three different branches of government, as well as the state constitution, law enforcement agencies, federal representation, state finances, and state taxes. South Carolina is a state in the United States of America and was the eighth admitted to the Union. The state of South Carolina was preceded by the Crown Colony of South Carolina, a constitutional monarchy which was overthrown during the American Revolution. Presently, South Carolina’s government is formed as a representative democracy.

Like most southern states, South Carolina is a largely conservative, Republican state. Since the Declaration of Independence, South Carolina’s politics have been controlled by three main parties: the Democratic Republican Party in the early 1800s, the Democratic Party through most of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the Republican Party in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

As of 2021, the Republican Party controls all nine state executive offices, both U.S. Senate offices, six of seven representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, and a majority in the South Carolina General Assembly.

For more information, see this Wikipedia entry.

Source: Wikipedia




State Representatives

South Carolina is located in the Southern region of the USA with Columbia as its capital.  Henry McMaster (R) is Governor.

The South Carolina legislature has 46 Senate members and 124 House members.

OfficeNamePartyAssumed officeNext electionTerm limitedMaximum term length
GovernorHenry McMasterRepublicanJanuary 24, 20172022NoTwo consecutive terms
Lieutenant Governor*Pamela EvetteRepublicanJanuary 9, 20192022NoTwo consecutive terms
Secretary of StateMark HammondRepublicanJanuary 15, 20032022NoNo limits
Attorney GeneralAlan WilsonRepublicanJanuary 12, 20112022NoNo limits
TreasurerCurtis LoftisRepublicanJanuary 12, 20112022NoNo limits
Comptroller GeneralRichard EckstromRepublicanJanuary 15, 20032022NoNo limits
Commissioner of AgricultureHugh WeathersRepublicanSeptember 14, 20042022NoNo limits
Superintendent of EducationMolly SpearmanRepublicanJanuary 14, 20152022No (retiring)No limits

Henry McMaster

Henry McMaster 1Current Position: US Senator since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2017; Attorney General from 2003 – 2011; United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina from 1981 – 1985

Featured Quote: 
I’m proud to sign on to an amicus brief, led by @henrymcmaster, urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade & restore the authority of states to protect the lives of unborn children. #alpolitics

For more information, go to this post.

US Senators

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham 2Current Position: US Senator since 2003
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1995 – 2003; State Delegate from 1993 – 1995

Other Positions:  
Chair, Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs  – Committee on Appropriations
Ranking Member, Committee on the Budget

Featured Quote: 
I hope the Biden Administration will let the Taliban know American air power will be available to the Afghan military without time restrictions. If not, we have very dangerous days ahead for the USA and Afghan women as we reach 20th anniversary of 9/11.

For more information, go to this post.

Tim Scott

Tim Scott - SCCurrent Position: US Senator since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Senator
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2011 – 2013; State Delegate from 2009 – 2011; Charleston County Council from 1995 – 2009

Featured Quote: 
I voted no on #infrastructure a week ago because there was no legislative text. My mind hasn’t changed. There’s still no legislative text or explanation on how to pay for a $1T infrastructure plan.

For more information, go to this post.

US House Members

Nancy Mace

Current Position: US Representative for SC 1st District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2018 – 2020

Featured Quote: 
We can disagree on things politically but this is not the way to handle disagreements. This is my home; my kids live here. I want to take a moment to thank everyone on both sides of the aisle for the outpouring of support we have received in response to this hateful attack.

For more information, go to this post.

Joe Wilson

Current Position: US Representative for SC District 2 since 2001
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 1985 – 2001

Featured Quote: 
We cannot stand for China’s malign influence, human rights abuses, & dishonest behavior. As Chair of the @RepublicanStudyNat’l Sec & Foreign Affairs Task Force, I’m grateful to work with RSC Chair @RepJimBanks
on the toughest China legislation in years

For more information, go to this post.

Jeff Duncan

Current Position: US Representative for SC District 3 since 2011
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2003 – 2011

Featured Quote: 
As former chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs, my committee handled Cuba policy. Biden should make the US policy known we are with the Cuban people fighting for their God-given liberties & freedom from communist government. #SOSCuba #CubaLibre

For more information, go to this post.

William Timmons

Current Position: US Representative for SC District 4 since 2019
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Senator from 2016 – 2018

Other Positions: 
Vice Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – Committee on Financial Services
Vice Chair, Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress,

For more information, go to this post.

Ralph Norman

Current Position: US Representative for SC District 5 since 2017
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2009 – 2017

Featured Quote: 
Even with the new Delta variant, COVID hospitalization rates for people who have been vaccinated is currently 0.003 percent. The Americans I know don’t cower in fear over risks that small.

For more information, go to this post.

Jim Clyburn

Current Position: US Representative for SC District 6 since 1993
Affiliation: Democrat

Other Positions: 
Chair, House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis

Featured Quote: 
I am pleased the House passed the FY2022 Legislative Branch appropriations bill today which will remove symbols of white supremacy and hate throughout the Capitol and ensure our Congressional workforce reflects our great, diverse nation.

For more information, go to this post.

Tom Rice

Tom Rice 1Current Position: US Representative for SC District 7 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chairman of the Horry County Council from 2010 – 2012

Featured Quote: 
Americans are afforded the right to conceal carry under the Constitution. I’m proud to join the Congressional Amicus Brief for the NYSRPA vs. Corlett SCOTUS case. Several states including NY and CA cannot prohibit law-abiding Americans from practicing their rights.

For more information, go to this post.


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