Chad Connelly

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Chad Connelly
Chad Connelly (Hi-Res).jpg
Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party
In office
May 7, 2011 – June 8, 2013
Preceded by Karen Floyd
Succeeded by Matt Moore
Personal details
Born Bruce Chadwick Connelly
(1963-08-22) August 22, 1963 (age 54)
Prosperity, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Dana Connelly; four children
Alma mater Clemson University
Occupation Engineer

Bruce Chadwick Connelly (born August 22, 1963) served as chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party from May 2011 until June 2013, when he resigned to take a senior role at the Republican National Committee.[2][3]

In early 2016, he was a candidate for U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district.[4] He came in 4th place out of 7 candidates in the Republican Primary, receiving 5,546 votes or 14.1% out of the 39,270 votes. That election was later won by Ralph Norman.


Early life[edit]

He graduated from Clemson University, where he earned a degree in civil engineering in 1985.


He began his career as an engineer but later started his own business.[2]

He was elected chairman on May 7, 2011.[5] He had previously occupied various positions in the party including chairman of the Newberry County Republican Party and delegate to the 2004 Republican National Convention.[2] In the run-up to the 2012 Republican primary season, Connelly argued against an early primary in Florida.[6] Ultimately, South Carolina held its primary on January 21, ten days before the primary in Florida. On May 4, 2013, Connelly was re-elected to a second two-year term.[7]

He is the author of Freedom Tide (ISBN 978-0937539682), which he describes as "a book dedicated to inspiring Americans about [their] heritage".[1]

He is the founder and president of the Foundation for American Restoration, a Christian-based political group and was a frequent speaker at Tea Party events.[8] He is a regular commentator on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, and NPR as well as many other outlets in the United States.[citation needed] He serves on the board of the school choice and limited government advocacy group South Carolinians for Responsible Government as well as on the boards of the Palmetto Family Council and the South Carolina Citizens for Life.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Prosperity, South Carolina with his wife Dana and their four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Chad’s Biography". Official website of Chad Connelly. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chairman Chad Connelly (biography)". South Carolina Republican Party. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Republican Party to step up outreach to evangelicals". CNN. CNN. June 8, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chad Connelly announces plans to run for Mulvaney's seat". GateHouse Media LLC. June 8, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ Angel, Ashley. "South Carolina Republicans Elect Chad Connelly as the New Chairman". WLTX. Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Gibson, Jake (September 29, 2011). "South Carolina and Florida Face Off in Presidential Primary Calendar Chaos". Fox News. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Connelly re-elected as chairman of SC Republicans". AP. Charlotte Observer. May 4, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Brody, David (2012). The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America. Zondervan. p. 99. ISBN 9780310335627. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Karen Floyd
Chairmen of the South Carolina Republican Party
May 7, 2011 – June 8, 2013
Succeeded by
Matt Moore