Please join us on Monday, March 5th when we will welcome Rep. James Smith – SC House of Representatives and Candidate for Governor to our podium.

James Smith was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He is married to Kirkland (Thomas) of Mount Pleasant. They are blessed to be proud parents of Emerson, Thomas, Paul, and Shannon. They attend church at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the church where he grew up.

James is currently a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, a Major in the South Carolina Army National Guard, a small business owner, and a practicing attorney in Columbia, South Carolina. His entire life has been dedicated to service to others in his community, state, and nation.

Smith served eight years as a JAG officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard when a 2001 visit to Ground Zero in New York stirred something inside of him. It motivated him to resign his Officer Commission so that he could enlist as an infantryman, and, at age 37, began basic training.

In February of 2007, Smith deployed as an infantry officer as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as a Combat Advisor to Afghan Security Forces operating in remote areas in southern Afghanistan. He was decorated for his service with the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

In the SC General Assembly, he has been a tireless advocate for a variety of issues. He has championed issues facing our veterans and active military. He has been a vocal leader for public education and governmental and ethics reform; fought for increased jobs and economic development across the state; provided protections for the environment, healthcare and the arts – all to make South Carolina the best it can be and a great place to live and raise a family. During his tenure, he has earned the respect of legislators from both sides of aisle and has established a solid reputation as someone who gets things done for South Carolinians.