Kevin L. Bryant

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Kevin Bryant
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92nd Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Assumed office
January 25, 2017
Governor Henry McMaster
Preceded by Henry McMaster
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 3rd district
In office
January 15, 2005 – January 23, 2017
Succeeded by Richard Cash
Personal details
Born (1967-02-19) February 19, 1967 (age 50)
Anderson, South Carolina,
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Barinowski (1989-present)
Education University of Georgia (BS)

Kevin L. Bryant (born February 19, 1967) is an American politician, pharmacist, and small business owner. A member of the Republican Party, Bryant became the 92nd Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina on January 25, 2017 after serving in the South Carolina Senate from 2005 to 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Bryant is the son of Clifford W. and Gloria J. Bryant. Bryant has managed, with his brothers and father, Bryant Pharmacy & Supply, an independent pharmacy located in Anderson. He and his wife, Ann have three children. Bryant earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. He is the president of Bryant Pharmacy and Supply.

South Carolina Senate[edit]

Bryant was elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2004 to represent 3rd District based in Anderson County, South Carolina. He was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Bryant is the chairman of the Invitations Committee. He also sits on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Finance, General and Labor, Commerce and Industry committees.

Bryant made national news when he introduced legislation to extend the death penalty to child rapists. The legislation was signed into law by then Governor Mark Sanford in 2006.[1]

Bryant attracted controversy after posting an image on his official campaign website of Osama bin Laden and presidential candidate Barack Obama, with the caption saying "the difference between Obama and Osama is just a little B.S."[2][3]

Bryant has also been an outspoken critic of government spending. In 2012, after Governor Nikki Haley vetoed funding for a rape crisis center, Bryant was one of only two senators who voted to sustain the veto.[4]

Bryant is a founding member of the William Wallace Caucus, a group of conservative senators who favor a laissez-faire approach to government policy and were outspoken supporters of former Governor Mark Sanford. Bryant describes the group as a fictitious.[5][6]

Bryant supports a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.[7]

Bryant does not believe in man-made global warming.[8]

Bryant is a Creationist who believes the entire Universe was created in a literal 6 days approximately 6,000 years ago.[9]

Bryant proposed a bill that would create a state registry for refugees. If passed it would have held refugee sponsors liable for crimes committed by refugees. The bill died in committee.[10][11]

Bryant has pre-filed a bill that would allow school teachers to be armed. He has named it after Jacob Hall, a child who was killed in a school shooting on Bryant's district of Townville, South Carolina.[12]

2012 Presidential endorsement[edit]

During the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, Bryant joined fellow Republican Senators Lee Bright, Tom Davis and Danny Verdin in endorsing Ron Paul for President.[13]

Lieutenant governor[edit]

Nikki Haley resigned as Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017 to become United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Henry McMaster, the lieutenant governor, automatically became governor at such time. Since Hugh Leatherman, the Senate president pro tempore, refused to become lieutenant governor per the South Carolina Constitution, Bryant was appointed to fill the pro tempore position on January 24, and ascended to the role of lieutenant governor.[14]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry McMaster
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina