|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 68th district
January 3, 2003
|Preceded by||Murrell Smith, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Heather Ammons Crawford|
|Born||March 13, 1978|
|Profession||Business Development Consultant|
Early life, education, and early political career
Viers was born in 1978 to Brenda and Carson Viers. Thad Viers grew up in Socastee, South Carolina, off of Highway 814 in Ammons mobile home park. Thad is short for Thaddeus (of the Twelve apostles). Thad has a younger brother also named after one of the Twelve apostles named Bartholomew (Bart for short). In high school, he started a teenage Republican club before becoming an office intern for the late U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. In 1995, Thad graduated from Socastee High School and then matriculated to The Citadel (military college) to pursue a Marine Corps commission, where he was awarded a three year academic scholarship. He was injured and discharged. In 1999, he went to work at the Heritage Foundation where he served with Jack Spencer, now a senior fellow. After the completion of the ABM Missile Treaty Project, Thad returned to South Carolina to become the District Field Representative for former U.S. Congressman Henry Brown. He was also a Business Development Consultant. He graduated from University of South Carolina School of Law in 2007.
South Carolina legislature
In 2002, incumbent Republican State Representative Murrell Smith was redistricted into another district, leaving the 68th House District open. In the Republican primary run-off, Viers defeated Helen Smith 52%-48%. He won the general election with 70%. He won re-election in 2004 (70%), 2006 (91%), 2008 (65%), and 2010 (98%).
He was only one of seven members of the House to vote against the state taking stimulus money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. In 2011, he won the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers “Friend of the Taxpayer” award. He has been endorsed by the NRA and the South Carolina Citizens for Life. He has signed the Americans for Tax Reform “Taxpayer Protection Pledge.”
- Judiciary Committee
2012 congressional election
In January 2012, Viers was arrested on charges of harassing a 28 year old woman described as an ex-girlfriend. He was released on a $5000 bond and subsequently withdrew his bid for GOP nomination to the US Congress from South Carolina's 7th congressional district, citing "personal reasons". In 2006, Viers had been charged with threatening to "beat up" a man who was dating his estranged wife; he pled no-contest in that case and paid a fine of $500.
In August 2014, Viers was indicted by a federal grand jury on fourteen felony charges including money laundering and making false statements to an IRS criminal investigator. Viers pled not guilty to the charges.
- "Rep. Thad Viers arrested on harassment charge". WMBF News. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
- Mak, Tim (6 January 2012). "Thad Viers, GOP congressional candidate, quits after arrest". Politico. Retrieved 7 January 2012.