Alan Wilson (South Carolina)
|Michael Alan Wilson|
|Attorney General of South Carolina|
|January 12, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|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|
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 (2010-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.
Wilson is eligible to run for re-election as South Carolina Attorney General in 2014. He has not yet made his intentions in the race known.
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 could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.
|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 Run-off |
|Republican Party||Michael Alan Wilson||59.8%|
|Republican Party||William Leighton Lord, III||40.2%|
|2010 Race for Attorney General - General Election |
|Republican Party||Michael Alan Wilson||53.7%|
|Democratic Party||Matthew Richardson||44.2%|
|Green Party||Leslie Minerd||2.0%|
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 (South Carolina)'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 Opponents||$1,708,354 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||South Carolina Republican Party||$50,000|
|$Augusta Fiberglass Coatings Inc||$10,500|
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Wilson currently resides in West Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children - Michael and Anna Grace.
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
- Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
- South Carolina Secretary of State
- Attorney General
- 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," 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
- 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 run-off 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 Run-off Election Results
- South Carolina State Ethics Commission - 2010 General Election Results
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Alan Wilson," accessed May 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Henry McMaster (R)
|South Carolina Attorney General
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