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 partyDemocratic
ResidenceLancaster, South Carolina
EducationUniversity of South Carolina
Harvard University

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]

In December 2013, Wade announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat held by Republican incumbent Tim Scott in the 2014 election.[1][7] Wade announced in March 2014 that he was dropping out of the race.[8] Richland County Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson remained in the race,[9] eventually becoming the Democratic Nominee.[10]


  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.
  7. ^ Shain, Andrew (December 15, 2013). "Rick Wade to seek Scott seat". Greenville News. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  8. ^ Smith, Bruce (March 6, 2014). "Rick Wade Drops Out of SC Senate Race". WLTX-TV. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  9. ^ Staff Reports (March 6, 2014). "Rick Wade drops out of SC Senate race". WOLO-TV. Retrieved December 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "In the Running: Black Democrats on the November Ballot. How will these candidates fare in the midterm elections?". Black Entertainment Television. 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2022.

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