Chad Prosser

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Chad Prosser
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Candidate for
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 7
Prior offices
Horry County Council
High schoolFlorence Christian School
Bachelor'sRhodes College
Master'sJohns Hopkins University
ProfessionBusinessman, Ex-Horry County Council Chair
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Chad Prosser was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of South Carolina.[1]

Prosser served as Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism under former Governor Mark Sanford. He started his career as a Presidential Management Fellow, working as an International Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration under President George H.W. Bush. For eight years, Prosser served on the Horry County Council. In 2010, he was awarded South Carolina's highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto.[2]



See also: South Carolina's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Prosser ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 7th District. Prosser ran against Randal Wallace, Dick Withington, James Mader, Katherine Jenerette, and Renee Culler in the Republican primary on June 12. He was defeated by Tom Rice (SC) and Andre Bauer. The runoff election was won by Tom Rice on June 26th.[3]

Effect of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in South Carolina

The 7th District was added following the results of the 2010 census. According to the Washington Post, despite Republican-controlled redistricting decisions, this district was a battleground for Democrats and Republicans seeking control of the U.S. House. With Republican front-runner Thad Viers deciding not to run and Democrat Ted Vick showing some appeal to conservatives, South Carolina's 7th was a swing district in 2012.[4]


On May 2, 2012, Prosser publicly called for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign. Prosser cited Holder's failure to intervene in the Fast and Furious controversy, and his intrusion into internal South Carolina affairs.[5]

During the Republican debate on June 4, Prosser pledged that if elected, he would forgo his congressional salary until the federal budget was balanced. He also said he supports term limits.[6]


On April 30, 2012, Prosser released his first TV ad, titled "Conservative Reformer."

"Conservative Reformer"


2012 election

A Francis Marion University/ poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, showed Bauer with a slim lead over the rest of the candidate field.[7]

South Carolina's Congressional District 7, 2012
Poll Andre Bauer (R) Tom Rice (R)Chad Prosser (R)Jay Jordan (R)Katherine Jenerette (R)Dick Withington (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(May 14-15, 2012)
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Florence Forum

On May 14, 2012, the 7th congressional candidates attended a forum that was followed by a post-debate poll. Then, Jay Jordan won the poll with 49 percent of the votes. Former Lt. Governor Andre Bauer followed with 23 percent, and Chad Prosser came in third with 11 percent. Tom Rice garnered nine percent of the votes, and Randal Wallace ended the night with three percent.[8]

Campaign donors

As of March 31, 2012, Prosser raised $220,201 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $53,729, leaving him with $166,472 cash on hand. Of that, 49 percent came from candidate self-financing and 49 percent was from individual contributions. Two percent came from PAC contributions.[9]


Prosser lives in Murrells Inlet with his sons, Matthew and Thomas.

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