Joe McCulloch Jr.

Democratic candidate for S.C. House District 75.


Occupation: Attorney


Joe is proud of his public school education from Schneider Elementary School, Hand Middle School, and Dreher High School. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina (USC), which he attended on a track scholarship and lettered for three years. As a proud Gamecock, Joe completed his formal education with a degree from the USC School of Law.

Experience in Political or Related Positions:

During his 35-year career, Joe served as a prosecutor, defended the accused, and represented businesses, individuals and interests in a variety of legal matters. He worked for the South Carolina Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, served as Associate General Counsel for USC before entering private practice, and has taught at the USC School of Law since 1995. As a small business owner, Joe understands the challenges of making payroll and compliance with government regulations.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Joe has invested countless hours in providing free legal services to a range of community organizations and worthy causes. He is the founder and president of the Palmetto Innocence Project, which helps to discover and exonerate the wrongfully convicted.

Why should voters choose you in this election?

Joe is a lifelong resident of District 75 and a first-time candidate for public office. He is a devoted husband & father, a self-made small businessman, and a practicing attorney in Columbia who never misses an opportunity to give back to our community.  Joe sees firsthand how government serves the entitled few and ignores the legitimate demands of the rest of us.

Joe is running to change the partisan tone at the State House and work "across the aisle" to create opportunities for all people in this district and across South Carolina. He believes that common sense, discussion, and cooperation must prevail over partisan gridlock if we are ever going to get our state and district on the right course. If elected, Joe will continue to study the issues and use common sense to pursue a more efficient government that is accountable, responsible, and simply works for regular people.