|Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the district
|Born||June 16, 1946|
Fair is a native and life-long resident of Greenville, where he serves as a deacon at Faith Baptist Church. He graduated from Greenville's Parker High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football and served as president of the student body. He married his high-school sweetheart, Judy, and the couple has a daughter and three grandchildren. Fair is a graduate of University of South Carolina, where he played quarterback on the Gamecock football team during the mid-1960s. Prior to being elected to the South Carolina General Assembly, Fair served for six years on Greenville County Council.
South Carolina General Assembly
Fair was first elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1984 and served until November of 1995 when he was elected to the South Carolina State Senate. Fair is the chairman of the Corrections and Penology committee. He also serves on the Education, Finance and Medical Affairs committees.
Fair, a conservative Christian, has been a supporter of abstinence based sex education and has proposed legislation mandating that sex education classes include information that homosexual behavior is "unnatural, unhealthy and illegal." 
Fair has also been an outspoken opponent of evolution. In 2008 he introduced a bill that would have specifically allowed public school teachers to critique evolution in their classrooms. The bill died in committee.
In 2011, Fair proposed a bill that would have prohibited Sharia law from being enacted in the state of South Carolina. The following month, Fair unsuccessfully introduced legislation that would have prohibited Common Core educational standards from being imposed on South Carolina public schools.
Like approximately 40% of South Carolina state senators, Fair has elected to take a yearly lifelong payout of $32,390 in deferred pay from the General Assembly Retirement System rather than his $10,400 salary. 
- Fair campaign website.
- The (Columbia, SC) State, October 11, 2009.
- Spartanburg Herald-Journal, April 6, 1988.
- SB 1386. South Carolina Senate. 2008. The National Center for Science Education described the bill as "aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution." National Center for Science Education (2008). "Antievolution legislation in South Carolina".
- National Center for Science Education (March 18 2005). "Antievolution legislation in South Carolina dies". Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- Huffington Post, January 31, 2011.
- "First, cut legislative pensions | The Post and Courier | Charleston SC, News, Sports, Entertainment". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
- South Carolina Legislature - Senator Michael L. Fair official SC Senate website
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Michael L. Fair (SC) profile
- Follow the Money - Michael L. Fair
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