Tom Davis (South Carolina politician)
|Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 46th district
January 14, 2009
|Preceded by||Catherine C. Ceips|
May 31, 1960 |
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Political party||South Carolina Republican Party|
Education and law career
Davis graduated magna cum laude in 1982 from Furman University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He was a member of the Order of the Coif with highest honors at the University of Maryland School of Law, whence he graduated in 1985.
Davis has been involved in local and state government for many years.
Davis' activities in the Beaufort area have included service on a four-county council of governments, the county planning board, the Historic Beaufort Foundation, and the local water & sewer authority.
State of South Carolina
Davis served as Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Sanford and as co-campaign-manager in both of Sanford's elections to the office of Governor. He led the initiative by Sanford’s office to pass South Carolina’s charter school reform bill in the legislature. He has also been a member of the South Carolina State Ports Authority board and successfully led South Carolina's negotiations to build a deep water port with Georgia on his state's side of the Savannah River in Jasper County.
In the June 10, 2008 Republican primary election for the District 46 Senate seat, Davis defeated the incumbent senator Catherine Ceips, 56% to 44%, then went on to defeat Democrat Kent Fletcher in the general election November 4, 2008, winning 65% of the vote. Davis is currently assigned to the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Banking and Insurance, Education, Judiciary, and Rules Committees of the Senate.
Possible 2014 Senate Candidacy
It has been widely speculated that Davis will challenge incumbent Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in 2014 for the Republican Senate nomination, based on his own numerous statements.  Two Super PAC organizations have indicated they would support Graham's challenger: the Club for Growth and the Liberty For All PAC. 
Davis has three daughters with his wife Reid, whom he married in 1985.
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