|Michael Alan Wilson|
|Attorney General of South Carolina|
|January 12, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||3|
|Predecessor||Henry McMaster (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Grace Christian School|
|Bachelor's||Francis Marion University (1996)|
|J.D.||University of South Carolina School of Law (2002)|
|Service/branch||South Carolina National Guard|
|Years of service||1997 - Present|
|Citations||Combat Action Badge|
|Birthday||July 16, 1973|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Recent news
- 6 Personal
- 7 Contact Information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Voter fraud has been a major issue for Wilson. In 2012, Wilson successfully sued the U.S. Justice Department after they blocked a South Carolina law requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls.
Wilson previously served as an assistant solicitor in Lexington County and Assistant Attorney General with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
Right after receiving his bachelor's degree from Francis Marion University, Wilson joined the South Carolina National Guard as a platoon leader. He was deployed to Iraq, where he earned a Combat Action Badge for leading troops through enemy fire. Wilson was later promoted to the rank of Major, and he continues today to serve as a Judge Advocate General whose role is to provide legal support for soldiers and prosecutes military crimes. In October 2003, he was appointed as an assistant to the 11th Circuit Solicitor's Office, remaining there for four years. From January 2007 until March 2009, he served as an assistant in the South Carolina Attorney General's Office. Wilson then worked as an attorney for the Columbia-based private practice law firm of Willoughby & Hoefer, PA.
- Graduated from Grace Christian School
- Bachelor's degree, Francis Marion University in political science
- Juris Doctorate degree, University of South Carolina
Attorney General of South Carolina (2011-present)
Wilson was elected South Carolina’s 51st attorney general on November 2, 2010. When he took office on January 12, 2011, he became the nation’s youngest attorney general. Before leading the office, Wilson had worked within it as a prosecution division intern and as an assistant attorney general under predecessors Charlie Condon and Henry McMaster.
Voter ID law
In 2011, the Republican attorney general oversaw the passage of voter-ID legislation which sought to impede voter-impersonation at the polls by requiring all South Carolina voters to show photo identification before casting their ballots. The U.S. Department of Justice rejected the law on the grounds that it could effectively disenfranchise tens of thousands of the state's minority voters who do not possess adequate photo-ID. The law was correspondingly deemed to be in violation of a 1965 Voting Rights Act provision requiring states with histories of discrimination to obtain the agency's approval before enacting any relevant legislation. After the law was rejected, Wilson continued his mission to fight fraudulent forces threatening the integrity of South Carolina's elections. "What the Justice Department did was deny South Carolina voters the protection of law," he said in April 2012 at a fundraising event that showcased the work of guerrilla filmmakers who stage and capture instances of people successfully voting under the names of different or dead residents at the polls to shed light on the vulnerabilities of the current process.
Wilson endorsed former Republican Presidential primary candidate John Huntsman in 2012. Huntsman withdrew his bid before the primary election took place.
House Speaker investigation
In 2014, a court case in South Carolina tested the limits of Attorney General Wilson's constitutional powers. The South Carolina Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell, Jr. is being investigated for campaign fund irregularities by South Carolina Attorney General Wilson. The judge in charge of the proceedings, L. Casey Manning, questioned the Attorney General's constitutional right to investigate the matter without first receiving the case from the House Ethics Committee. Three former South Carolina Attorneys General, Henry McMaster, Charlie Condon and Travis Medlock, joined the case to support the current officeholder saying, "Over the past thirty years, not one of us ever imagined the Attorney General needed authorization from a legislative committee or political body in order to investigate or prosecute alleged criminal behavior by an elected official. Such a restriction would undercut the core Constitutional authority of the Attorney General. And even more importantly, it would violate the fundamental basis of our system of government that all people should be treated equally under the law." Adding to the complexity of the case, Judge Manning was elected by the South Carolina General Assembly, creating a possible conflict of interest. South Carolina is one of two states where the legislature elects judges.
On May 12, Justice Manning handed down a decision that dissolved the grand jury for the case and shut down the Attorney General's investigation. Manning judged that there was no evidence of criminal allegations and, since ethics violations are a civil matter, any investigation must originate from the House Ethics Committee. Attorney General Alan Wilson promised to appeal to the South Carolina Supreme Court. Critics noted that the judge's decision seemed to give legislators a separate justice system in which they can only be investigated by their peers and "corruption (will be) what they (legislators) say it is."
Wilson is running for re-election as South Carolina Attorney General in 2014. He won the Republican nomination in the unopposed primary on June 10. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.
Wilson 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 Wilson was not appointed, he would still have been eligible to run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.
On November 2, 2010, Alan Wilson won election to the office of South Carolina Attorney General. He defeated Matthew Richardson (D) and Leslie Minerd (G) in the general election.
|South Carolina Attorney General, 2010|
|Election Results Via: South Carolina State Election Commission|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary|
|Republican Party||Michael Alan Wilson||39.0%|
|Republican Party||William Leighton Lord, III||37.1%|
|Republican Party||Robert Bolchoz||23.9%|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - Republican Primary Runoff|
|Republican Party||Michael Alan Wilson||59.8%|
|Republican Party||William Leighton Lord, III||40.2%|
Comprehensive donor information for Wilson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Wilson raised a total of $1,347,091 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.
|Alan Wilson's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||SC Attorney General||$289,804|
|2010||SC Attorney General||$1,057,287|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,347,091|
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|Alan Wilson's Campaign Contributions|
Attorney General of South Carolina
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,708,354 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||South Carolina Republican Party||$50,000|
|$Augusta Fiberglass Coatings Inc||$10,500|
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The Honorable Michael Alan Wilson
Post Office Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211
Rembert Dennis Building
1000 Assembly Street, Room 519
Columbia, S.C. 29201
Phone: (803) 734-3970
Fax: (803) 734-4323
- Attorney General of South Carolina
- Governor of South Carolina
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- Official South Carolina Attorney General website
- Alan Wilson for Attorney General Campaign website
- Alan Wilson's Facebook profile
- Alan Wilson's Twitter account
- Project Vote Smart - Alan Wilson biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- The New York Times, " Election 2010 – South Carolina," accessed July 18, 2013
- South Carolina Attorney General, "Full Biography" accessed November 4, 2012
- Columbia Patch, "Angling For 2014 Statewide Races Is Underway," February 12, 2013
- The Atlantic Wire, "South Carolina Sues the Government Over Voter I.D. Law," December 7, 2012
- South Carolina Attorney General, "Attorney General Alan Wilson Issues Statement on Voter ID Ruling," accessed October 10, 2012
- Wilson for Attorney General, " Meet Alan Wilson," accessed July 18, 2013
- South Carolina Attorney General, "Full Biography-Alan Wilson," accessed April 18, 2012
- The Aiken Standard, "S.C. attorney general talking voter ID with James O'Keefe," April 18, 2012
- The Daily Caller, "Jon Huntsman scores key endorsement in South Carolina," June 30, 2011
- The State, "Scoppe: Here’s the real danger in the Harrell ruling," May 7, 2014
- The State, "Judge to AG Wilson: Stop SLED and grand jury probe of House Speaker Harrell," May 12, 2014
- The Post and COurier, "Judge Manning: S.C. House, not courts, should investigate Speaker Bobby Harrell," May 12, 2014
- The Center for Public Integrity, "An ethical mess in South Carolina," June 17, 2014
- Fits News, Alan Wilson Sitting Pretty For Re-election, June 25, 2013
- Roll Call, "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
- Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
- Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
- South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary Election Results
- Even though Michael Alan Wilson 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.
- South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary Runoff Election Results
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Alan Wilson," accessed May 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Henry McMaster (R)
|South Carolina Attorney General
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