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Dear Friends,

Over the past few months, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement for me to run for re-election for the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 39. After many weeks of prayerful consideration and discussions with family and friends, I have decided to seek re-election.

As many of you know, I suffered a traumatic injury 15 years ago at the age of 24. That accident left me paralyzed and had a profound effect on my outlook on life. Make no mistake, the days and weeks that I laid in the hospital bed, unable to move my legs, were the darkest days of my life. Yet faith, and support from so many of you, allowed me to overcome the physical limitations and emotional scars left that day. That life changing event taught me about the fragility of our existence, the resolve of the human spirit, and the necessity to live without regret – to give everything in all we do, to speak with sincerity in our hearts, and to live for the betterment of the people around us.

It is from these experiences in which I view our small corner of our state and see a need for a legislator who will fight to lower our taxes, limit the size and scope of government, eliminate wasteful spending, protect our second amendment rights, end the burdensome regulations on our small business owners, and, most importantly, bring meaningful representation to the citizens of Lexington and Saluda Counties.

Achieving these goals will not be easy, yet it can be done. It will require the dedication, steadfastness, and perseverance of a fighter; not a politician. I am that fighter capable of bringing about the conservative change we need. 

I ask for your support and prayers in this great challenge.

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Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:35 PM

2022 End of Session Update

House Republican Caucus

SCHRC 2022

End of Session Update

 

The 2021-2022 Legislative Session came to a close on Thursday, May 12. This close yielded RESULTS for our Republican Caucus Agenda, which aims to slash government red-tape, cut taxes, and make a more efficient government that works for the people -- one that makes South Carolina a better place to work, go to school, own a business and raise a family. 

 

This newsletter highlights some of the important legislation passed, and what will be headed to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and the Senate.


Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:29 PM

2022 Statehouse Report #16

House Republican Caucus

SCHRC 2022 - Week 16

 

When the clock struck 5pm this past Thursday, Sine Die went into effect, marking the end of the 2021-2022 Legislative Session. 

 

“Although many laws might sound like gibberish to non-lawyers (and even to many lawyers, for that matter), ‘sine die’ is not. It’s Latin for ‘without a day’... to describe an adjournment when the date to reconvene is not specified…” (Congressional Institute).

 

With a combined 27+ hours on the Floor in just three days this week, there was no shortage of work to do. Until the last minute, my colleagues and I fought to push many of our conservative agenda items over the finish line. Our successes this year will make South Carolina a better place to live, work, and raise a family for years to come.


Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:25 PM

2022 Statehouse Report #15

House Republican Caucus

SCHRC 2022 - Week 15

 

Another week in Columbia has come to an end and we only have 3 legislative days left until Sine Die, or the end of the 2021-2022 regular Legislative Session. Next week will be marked by long days on the Floor and a plethora of bills trying to make their way through the legislative process before the end of session.

 

In the coming weeks and into the summer, we have the finalization of the budget process to look forward to. Weeks ago, we passed our House version of the budget which focused on the 4 R’s: Reserves, Raises, Relief, and Roads. The Senate has come up with its own version of the budget which is drastically different from ours. These differences will be reconciled over the summer to ensure that we have an appropriate budget that properly serves the people of South Carolina by our deadline of July 1.

 

Medical Marijuana & Constitutionality 

If you haven’t seen the news headlines, this week was marked by the Compassionate Care Act legislation, otherwise known as the medical marijuana bill, on the House Floor. A point of order was raised by Representative McCravy based on House Rule and the State Constitution. Our  Constitution requires any measure that raises or creates a tax to originate in the chamber closest to the people - the House. Since this was a Senate bill and contained a tax, the Presiding Officer was obligated to rule it out of order as he did. 


Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:23 PM

2022 Statehouse Report #14

House Republican Caucus

SCHRC 2022 - Week 14

 

This week in the General Assembly was highlighted by the retirement of Speaker Jay Lucas and the election of our new Speaker, Murrell Smith.

 

Congratulations to my friend and the Speaker-Elect of the House, Murrell Smith.  And thank you and Godspeed to House Speaker Jay Lucas!

 

Speaker Lucas, who has served in the House for 24 years, and as our leader for the last 8 years, announced his retirement this year.  He will be sorely missed.  His leadership, kindness, and most of all, his friendship will never be forgotten. His reputation as a consensus builder and true statesman will forever be part of South Carolina’s history. 

 

Speaker-Elect Smith, who previously served as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and is also a friend.  Speaker-Elect Smith is a natural-born leader.  He will serve our body with a respectful consensus-building manner and will serve South Carolina in a way we will all be proud of.

 

As we enter the final six legislative days in the 124th South Carolina General Assembly, my House colleagues and I continue our work on several important bills…

 


Sunday, May 29, 2022 2:19 PM

2022 Statehouse Report #13

House Republican Caucus

SCHRC 2022 - Critical Race Theory Outlawed In SC House

 

This week, the House was back in session after some time off for Easter. As we near the end of the 2021-2022 legislative session, we have been very busy in Columbia. In the coming weeks, we should expect long days on the Floor of passing important legislation and finalizing our state budget as it comes back from the Senate. As a reminder, we have just 3 weeks remaining until the ‘Sine Die’, which is the date that the House adjourns for the remainder of the year.

 

On Wednesday, we spent over 8 hours on the Floor debating the Critical Race Theory bill. Additionally, we worked hard in committees, reviewing and amending legislation sent over from the Senate. I am pleased to see the Senate working through several important bills sent to them from the House.


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