Jim Miles (politician)

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Jim Miles
40th Secretary of State of South Carolina
In office
1991 – January 1, 2003
Governor Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. (1991–1995)
David Beasley (1995–1999)
Jim Hodges (1999–2003)
Preceded by John Tucker Campbell
Succeeded by Mark Hammond
Greenville, South Carolina City Council
In office
Personal details
Born James Melvin Miles
(1941-10-10) October 10, 1941 (age 75)
Norfolk, Virginia
Political party Republican
Alma mater Duke University (B.A.)
University of North Carolina School of Law (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney

James Melvin "Jim" Miles (born October 10, 1941)[1] is an American politician, attorney, and current chief of staff to Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina Andre Bauer. Miles served as Secretary of State of South Carolina from 1991 to 2003.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Miles received his B.A. from Duke University in 1964 and J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1969. Miles was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1969 and South Carolina Bar in 1971. He was an attorney in private practice in Greenville, South Carolina and was elected to the Greenville City Council in 1989. In 1990, Miles was elected as the first Republican Secretary of State in South Carolina since Reconstruction.[1]

Miles attempted to abolish the Secretary of State office and vowed to investigate charity fraud in South Carolina.[2] In 1994, South Carolina passed a law cracking down on charity fraud.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Biography of The Honorable James M. Miles, Secretary of State". South Carolina Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 2, 2002. 
  2. ^ Spartanburg Herald-Journal, October 29, 1998. p. B4.
  3. ^ Tanner, Robert (November 26, 1994). "Miles cracks down on charity fraud". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. p. B1, B3.