Democratic incumbent for S.C. Senate District 17.
Education: Winnsboro High School; The Citadel; University of South Carolina School of Law
Experience in Political or Related Positions: S.C. House District 41, 2001-08; S.C. Senate District 17, 2008-present
Why should voters choose you in this election?
I have been instrumental in passing legislation to provide tax incentives to attract new businesses to my district and the state of South Carolina, thus providing employment opportunities and an increased tax base.
Locally, I was instrumental in establishing the "C" Funds Committee, which reorganized the method by which funds are appropriated for roads and sidewalks. Previously, the decision to repave roads was made by one person; this reorganization now provides for decision-making equally across the county by a committee, rather than one individual.
I was instrumental in getting the senate to pass Bill 3720, the Data Center Tax Exemption bill. Because of this new tax structure, now South Carolina can compete with our neighbors, North Carolina and Georgia, in recruiting large data centers that provide computer support for companies as Apple, Google and Facebook.
In Chester County, I was able to help Chester Wood Products solve their smokestack issues, preventing a shutdown by the Department of Health and Environmental Control, thus preventing the loss of jobs for 400 employees. The company is now prospering and, in fact, has 40 new employees.
During the past four years, I have introduced more than 20 bills, one of which was Bill 0717, which provided a sales tax incentive to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, a company that replicates natural disasters in order to student disaster building codes. In turn, the institution invested $40 million in our region and provided jobs for 17 employees. In addition, this company is featured often on The Weather Channel, offering excellent public relations for Chester County and South Carolina.
I introduced the Rural Infrastructural Bank Bill, a bill that helps rural South Carolina. This entity administers monies to rural counties for their infrastructure, such as water and sewer.
Realizing that Fairfield County's water supply and infrastructure needs assistance, I contacted entities with expertise in this area. I contacted S.C. Electric and Gas, which has ongoing discussions with the Town of Winnsboro concerning providing water from V.C. Summer Lake. In addition, I contacted Santee Cooper, which has expertise in setting up joint water agencies in Clarendon County and Dorchester County.
I was appointed by the Republican leadership to represent South Carolina Legislature on the Catawba Bi-State River Commission. This entity oversees the Catawba River chain in North Carolina through South Carolina.