New Members 2010 - South Carolina

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REP.-ELECT TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.-01)

Date of Birth: Sept. 19, 1965
Birthplace: North Charleston, S.C.
Residence: Charleston, S.C.
Occupation: Owner of Tim Scott Allstate, partner of Pathway Real Estate Group
Education: B.S., Charleston Southern University 
Previous Office Held: Charleston County Council (1995-2008); South Carolina State Assembly (2009-present)
Family: Single

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Tim Scott is the first African-American Republican elected to Congress from the South since Reconstruction. He won the seat vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Henry Brown Jr.

Scott touted his record of fiscal and social conservative values, and was endorsed by former GOP vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in June. He introduced an anti-immigration bill that mirrors Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

Scott said he had never voted for a tax increase during his 15 years in elected office. The insurance-agency owner grew up in poverty with a “single mother who worked 16-hour days,” and credits his mom and a mentor for instilling in him “conservative, traditional and religious values that guide him to this day,” according to his campaign.


REP.-ELECT JEFF DUNCAN (R-S.C.-03)

Date of Birth: Jan. 7, 1966
Birthplace: Simpsonville, S.C.
Residence: Laurens, S.C.
Occupation: Owner of J Duncan & Associates, a real estate and auction firm
Education: B.A., Clemson University 
Previous Office Held: State representative, 2002-present
Family: Wife, Melody; three children

Jeff Duncan is ready to take on energy issues when he hits Capitol Hill as a freshman lawmaker. Duncan, in the state House, served for three years as Chairman of the South Carolina State House’s Agriculture, National Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Duncan has opposed what he believes is an overregulation of energy. His understanding of the issue was enhanced by stints on several outside boards or committees studying oil and natural-gas leases and energy independence.

But, his first piece of legislation in the House will be a balanced budget amendment, says campaign spokesman Allen Klump.

The 1988 Clemson graduate played football for coach Danny Ford and heads his family-owned real estate firm that specializes in statewide real estate auctions.


REP.-ELECT TREY GOWDY (R-S.C.-04)

Date of Birth: Aug. 22, 1964
Birthplace: Greenville, S.C.
Residence: Spartanburg, S.C.
Occupation: 7th Circuit solicitor
Education: B.A., Baylor University; J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law
Previous Office Held: 7th Judicial Circuit solicitor
Family: Wife, Terri; two children

Trey Gowdy defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Bob Inglis in the June GOP primary, moving on to the general election and his ultimate victory in South Carolina’s 4th congressional district.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, has a history of defeating GOP incumbents for office.

He took out the incumbent solicitor in 2000 to become the 7th Circuit solicitor, where he led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 employees, according to his campaign website.

He was reelected to the position in 2004 and 2008, without opposition.

In that role, the victims’-rights advocate has focused on expanding drug court and reducing violence against women.


REP.-ELECT MICK MULVANEY GOWDY (R-S.C.-05)

Date of Birth: July 21, 1967
Birthplace: Alexandria, Va.
Residence: Indian Land, Lancaster County, S.C.
Occupation: Attorney
Education: B.S.F.S., Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; J.D., University of North Carolina
Previous Office Held: State senator, state representative
Family: Wife, Pamela; three children

During his time as a student at Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Mick Mulvaney counted future Secretary of State Madeleine Albright among his professors, though he is quick to point out her politics did not rub off on him.

After five years as a corporate lawyer, he started his own firm in 1997 before getting elected to the South Carolina State House in 2006. A vacancy in the state Senate two years later provided him with the opportunity to move to the upper chamber, where he was known for his support of the state’s Emergency Medial Services.

He and his wife Pam have three children — triplets, age 10.