Henry McMaster

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Henry McMaster
Henry Mcmaster.jpg
Candidate for
South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
South Carolina Attorney General
2002-2010
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of South Carolina (1969)
J.D.University of South Carolina School of Law (1973)
Henry McMaster (born May 27, 1947, in Columbia, South Carolina) is the former Republican Attorney General of South Carolina, first elected to the position in 2002. He announced on August 24, 2009, that he would be campaigning for the Republican nomination in the 2010 gubernatorial election in South Carolina.[1] After placing third in the June 8 Republican primary contest and failing to qualify for the runoff election set to take place on June 22, McMaster endorsed State Representative Nikki Haley in the gubernatorial campaign.[2]

McMaster was rumored as a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. Although McMaster was not appointed, he could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[3][4][5][6][7]

McMaster is a Republican candidate for South Carolina Lieutenant Governor in the 2014 elections.[8]

Biography

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, University of South Carolina (1969)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of South Carolina School of Law (1973)
  • Completed the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (1974)

Professional experience

Prior to pursuing his education in law, McMaster joined the United States Army Reserves, receiving his honorable discharge in 1975. Upon receiving his law degree, he worked as a Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Strom Thurmond in Washington D.C. McMaster remained there until 1974 when he returned to the private sector in his home state and served as a partner in the law firm of Tompkins & McMaster. He was admitted to practice before the federal Court of Claims in 1974, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 1975, and in 1978, upon motion of Senator Thurmond, the Supreme Court of the United States.

Upon recommendation from Senator Thurmond, McMaster was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to serve as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina in 1981, the first United States Attorney in the country to be appointed by Reagan. During his four-year tenure, he directed Operation: Jackpot, the first investigation into international drug smuggling operations within the United States to use the financial team approach. This resulted in the conviction of over one-hundred drug kingpins for the importation of almost one billion dollars worth of illegal narcotics.

McMaster received the Republican nomination in 1986 in his campaign for the United States Senate; he was ultimately defeated by then-popular Democratic incumbent Senator Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings. Four years later, he unsuccessfully ran for State Lieutenant Governor. In 1991, however, McMaster was nominated by then-Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. to serve on the Commission on Higher Education; he was later confirmed by the South Carolina State Legislature.

2010 gubernatorial campaign

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010

In the wake of controversy surrounding the admission of an extramarital affair by Governor Mark Sanford, the 2010 gubernatorial election, the first open one in South Carolina since 1994, has been hotly contested. McMaster officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination on August 24, 2009,[1] challenging Lieutenant Governor André Bauer, Congressman Gresham Barrett, State Senator Larry Grooms, and State Representative Nikki Haley in the run up to the June 8, 2010 primary election.

Henry McMaster for Governor Campaign logo

An internal poll conducted by Ayres, McHenry & Associates for Gresham Barrett's gubernatorial campaign in late-February 2009 showed McMaster slightly ahead of Barrett with 22% of the vote, but behind Bauer who garnered 25% of the survey responses; 32% of those interviewed, however, remained uncommitted to any particular Republican candidate at the time.[9] The December 2009 polling data accumulated by Rasmussen Reports suggests that of the current batch of Republican candidates in the race for the governor's seat, McMaster has the best chance of defeating any Democratic opponent.[10]

Five months later, however, State Representative Nikki Haley had firmly taken the lead in the gubernatorial contest. Her campaign gained considerable ground after receiving the endorsement of former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and former Governor of Alaska/Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. A late-May 2010 survey conducted by Public Policy Polling showed Haley with thirty-nine percent while McMaster had slipped into second place with eighteen percent, with fourteen percent still undecided.[11] It was unclear at that point in time how the rumors of Haley's supposed extramarital affair with Will Folks, South Carolina blogger and former aide to Governor Mark Sanford, would affect her campaign.

A week after placing third in the state's June 8 primary contest with close to seventeen percent of the vote, McMaster came out and endorsed State Representative Nikki Haley in the Republican primary runoff contest set to take place on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.[2] State political experts believe the endorsement will greatly enhance Haley's chances of nabbing the party nomination as it will likely "put greater distance between her and Gresham Barrett, another establishment figure as a sitting congressman who was endorsed early on by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce."[12]

Political career

South Carolina Attorney General (2002-2010)

McMaster was first elected to the position in 2002 and served until 2010.

Political Issues

Healthcare reform

See also: State Attorneys General Against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

In the wake of the historic passage of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform legislation on Christmas Eve in 2009, McMaster has led thirteen other Republican Attorneys General in questioning not only the constitutionality of a specific controversial provision within the Senate version of the bill, but also exploring potential legal challenges to the measure as well. The stipulation in question was the back room deal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid struck with Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to recruit him as the 60th vote needed to pass the measure, an arrangement "dubbed the "Nebraska Compromise" or the "Cornhusker Kickback" by GOP critics." The agreement gives Nebraska exemption from its share of the Medicaid expansion, "a carve out that is expected to cost the federal government $100 million over 10 years."

Nearly a week and a half later, Senator Nelson called upon McMaster to "call off the dogs"[13] and forgo any legal action until negotiations in Congress over the final health care bill had concluded.

The morning after the United States House of Representatives narrowly passed the Senate reconciliation bill, McMaster announced that he would be joining with Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in challenging the "unconstitutional" health care legislation on the grounds that "he measure violates state sovereignty because it requires all Americans have some form of health insurance."[14]

Other roles

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

McMaster is running for election to the office of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor. McMaster came first in the primary on June 10 and finished ahead of Mike Campbell in the runoff on June 24. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[8]

Runoff results

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Mike Campbell 36.4% 48,807
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 63.6% 85,159
Total Votes 133,966
Election Results Via:South Carolina State Election Commission Unofficial Runoff Results.

Primary results

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Pat McKinney (withdrew)[15] 24.4% 73,451
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Campbell 23.9% 72,204
Ray Moore 8.1% 24,335
Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 43.6% 131,546
Total Votes 301,536
Election Results Via:South Carolina Unofficial Election Results.

Race background

Former South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell was hired by the College of Charleston as president and left the office in June 2014.[16] The current Senate President Pro Tempore, Republican state Sen. John Courson, would normally be next in line but he expressed a desire to stay in the Senate. As such, a Democratic state Sen., John McGill, was temporarily elected president pro tempore so that he could become Interim Lieutenant Governor.

If McGill had decided that he wanted to remain Lieutenant Governor after January 2014, he would have needed to run as an independent candidate since the filing deadlines and primaries for partisan passed prior to his elevation. The filing deadline for a prospective independent candidate was July 15 and McGill had given no indication that he intended to run for lieutenant governor by that deadline.

Senate speculation

See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

McMaster was rumored as a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. Although McMaster was not appointed, he could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[17][18][19][20][21]

2010

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010
2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary[22]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nikki R. Haley (R) 48.9%[23]
Gresham Barrett (R) 21.8%
Henry McMaster (R) 16.9%
Andre Bauer (R) 12.5%
Total votes 422,251

2006

  • 2006 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
    • Henry McMaster ran unopposed in this contest

On November 7, 2006, Henry McMaster won re-election to the office of South Carolina Attorney General. He ran unopposed in the general election.

South Carolina Attorney General, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster Incumbent 99.2% 779,453
     Write-In Various 0.8% 6,107
Total Votes 785,560
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

2002

2002 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Henry McMaster (R) 42.4%[24]
Larry Richter (R) 31.8%
Jon E. Ozmint (R) 25.8%
Total votes 297,462
2002 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary Runoff
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Henry McMaster (R) 55.8%
Larry Richter (R) 44.2%
Total votes 290,285

On November 5, 2002, Henry McMaster won election to the office of South Carolina Attorney General. He defeated Steve Benjamin (D) in the general election.

South Carolina Attorney General, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHenry McMaster 55.5% 601,931
     Democratic Steve Benjamin 44.5% 482,560
     Write-In Various 0% 498
Total Votes 1,084,989
Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission

Campaign donors

2006

2006 Race for Attorney General - Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $545,042
Total Raised by Primary Opponent N/A
Total Raised by Gen. Election Opponent N/A
Top 5 Contributors Dikran N. Yacoubian $3,500 (0.64% of Total)
E. Bart Daniel $3,500 (0.64%)
David E. Dukes $3,500 (0.64%)
Progress Energy $3,500 (0.64%)
Straight Talk America $3,500 (0.64%)
Individuals v. Institutions $325,985 (59.8%)
$210,400 (38.6%)
In v. Outside State $439,235 (80.7%)
$105,250 (19.3%)

Personal

McMaster currently resides in South Carolina with his wife, Peggy Jean McAbee. The couple has had two children together - Henry Jr. and Mary Rogers. He is also a practicing member of the First Presbyterian Church located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Awards

  • Public Servant of the Year Award (2004) from the Sierra Club
  • National Law Enforcement Official Of The Year Award (2005) from the Humane Society of the United States

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "McMaster launches S.C. gov bid with Sanford swipe" 24 Aug. 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 News Radio Word, "McMaster to endorse Haley in SC gov race" 15 June, 2010
  3. Roll Call, "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  4. Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  5. National Journal, "DeMint Resignation Sets Off South Carolina Scramble," December 6, 2012
  6. CNN.com, "First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat," December 11, 2012
  7. Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 South Carolina Election Commission, "Candidate Tracking," March 31, 2014
  9. Ayres, McHenry & Associates - S.C. Republican Primary Survey Results Regarding the 2010 Governor's Race
  10. Rasmussen Reports, "Election 2010: Governor of South Carolina" 2 Dec. 2009
  11. Public Policy Polling, "http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_SC_525.pdf" 25 May, 2010
  12. Capital Bureau, "Henry McMaster endorsement will widen Nikki Haley's lead, experts say" 16 June, 2010
  13. Politico, "Ben Nelson to Henry McMaster: 'Call off the dogs'" 4 Jan. 2010
  14. Carolina Live, "SC AG again promises to challenge health care bill" 22 March, 2010
  15. ColaDaily.com "Pat McKinney withdraws from lieutenant governor race," June 12, 2014
  16. The State, "McConnell named College of Charleston president," March 24, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  18. Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  19. National Journal, "DeMint Resignation Sets Off South Carolina Scramble," December 6, 2012
  20. CNN.com, "First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat," December 11, 2012
  21. Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  22. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
  23. Even though Nikki Haley received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by South Carolina state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
  24. Even though Henry McMaster received the most votes, he failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by South Carolina state law. A runoff election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Condon
South Carolina Attorney General
2002–2010
Succeeded by
Michael Alan Wilson