South Carolina New Members 2019

South Carolina New Members 2019

Rep.-elect Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.-01)

DATE OF BIRTH: May 26, 1982
RESIDENCE: Charleston, S.C.
EDUCATION: B.S., Florida Atlantic University; J.D., Northern Kentucky University
FAMILY: Wife, Amanda; one son

Joe Cunningham, a 36-year-old first-time candidate, is coming to Congress after a surprising upset over Republican state Rep. Katie Arrington in the open-seat race for South Carolina’s 1st District.

He becomes the first Democrat since 1981 to represent the coastal district, based in Charleston. The two candidates competed for the seat held by Rep. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash WANTED: A Republican with courage MORE (R-S.C.), who was defeated by Arrington in the GOP primary.

Cunningham, a Kentucky native, has politics in his blood. He is the son of Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham.

Formerly an ocean engineer, Joe Cunningham was working as a construction law attorney before jumping into the House race. He ran as a centrist Democrat, touting his support for the Second Amendment.

But his main issue was his opposition to offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, putting him in line with voters in the district.


Rep.-elect William Timmons (R-S.C.-04)

DATE OF BIRTH: April 30, 1984
RESIDENCE: Greenville, S.C.
OCCUPATION: State lawmaker, businessman
EDUCATION: B.A., George Washington University; M.S., J.D., University of South Carolina
FAMILY: Single

William Timmons is quickly rising through the Republican ranks. Only two years after unseating a prominent GOP incumbent to win election to the South Carolina state Senate, he’ll now represent his hometown of Greenville in Congress.

Timmons will be replacing retiring Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Democrats put harassment allegations against Trump on back burner Democrats seize on Mueller-Barr friction MORE (R) in the solidly red South Carolina 4th District.

While a relative political newcomer, Timmons hails from a family with long ties to the Greenville area. He emerged from a crowded 13-candidate GOP primary before defeating Democrat Brandon Brown in the general election.

A prominent lawyer, he prosecuted cases for four years and helped reform how Greenville County handles domestic violence cases. As a businessman, Timmons is also the owner of Swamp Rabbit CrossFit, Soul Yoga and Timmons and Company.

Timmons also sits on the boards of the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate and the Pendleton Place for Children and Families.


Rep. Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanRepublicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave Trump says Navy SEAL charged with war crimes will be moved to 'less restrictive confinement' House conservatives ask Trump to declassify documents underlying Mueller investigation MORE (R-S.C.-05)

DATE OF BIRTH: June 20, 1953
RESIDENCE:  Rock Hill, S.C.
EDUCATION: B.S., Presbyterian College
FAMILY: Wife, Elaine; four children

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) is returning to Congress to serve a full term. Norman was first elected in 2017 in the special election to replace Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit On The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau MORE. Mulvaney had represented South Carolina’s 5th District for seven years.

In the special election, Norman came in second in the GOP primary by only 135 votes but won the runoff against state Rep. Tommy Pope. He went on to squeak by Democrat Archie Parnell with 51 percent of the vote in the traditionally deep-red district.

Norman came to Congress after a stint in the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he was first elected in 2009.

Before politics, Norman worked as a real estate developer for Warren Norman Co., a business started by his father.