Rick Wade

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Rick C. Wade
Director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
In office
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Residence Lancaster, South Carolina
Alma mater University of South Carolina
Harvard University
Profession Businessman

Rick Wade is a South Carolina businessman and politician.

Personal life and education[edit]

Wade holds a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from the University of South Carolina, as well as an MPA from Harvard University.[1]


Wade worked as an analyst for the South Carolina House Ways and Means Committee, as well as for the University of South Carolina.[2] Wade served as the chief of staff of Lieutenant Governor Nick Theodore.[1] Wade then served in the administration of Governor Jim Hodges as director of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.[3] In 2002, Wade ran for the office of Secretary of State, losing to Republican Mark Hammond.[1]

Wade served as an adviser to both of Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.[1][4] Wade also served in the Obama Administration as a senior adviser to Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.[2] Wade's duties included serving as a liaison to states, businesses, trade associations, minority communities, and other federal agencies. He also represented the Commerce Department at international forums and served on numerous presidential task forces.[5] Wade's duties also included encouraging US businesses to invest in Haiti following the 2010 Haitian earthquake.[6]

Wade is currently a self-employed consultant and a senior vice president with Greentech Automotive. Wade has also been an executive with Hoffmann-La Roche, Fowler Communications, and Palmetto GBA.[1]

Wade was a candidate for the Senate seat held by Republican Senator Tim Scott in the 2014 election.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Shain, Andrew (13 December 2013). "Former Obama aide sets sights on Scott's US Senate seat". The State. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Address SC State University's Fall 2010 Graduates". SC State University. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Long, Matt (13 December 2013). "Former Obama advisor announces run against Sen. Tim Scott". South Carolina Radio Network. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Zeleny, Jeff (27 January 2008). "Obama is seen as Winner in South Carolina". New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Wade, Rick (24 February 2011). "Spotlight on Commerce: Rick Wade, Senior Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff". Commerce Department. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Senior Commerce Department Official Visits Haiti for Opening of First School Built Since January Earthquake". Commerce Department. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

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