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February 26, 2008

David Beasley

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David Beasley
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In office
19951999
Preceded by Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
Succeeded by Jim Hodges

Born February 26 1957 ( 1957-02-26) (age 50)
Flag of South Carolina Darlington, South Carolina
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse Mary Wood Payne
Residence Society Hill, South Carolina
Alma mater University of South Carolina
University of South Carolina School of Law
Profession Politician
Religion Christian

David Muldrow Beasley (born February 26, 1957) is a Republican who served one term as the Governor of South Carolina from 1995 until 1999.

David Beasley, a native of Darlington, South Carolina, began his political career as a member of the Democratic Party, but switched to the Republican Party long before his time as governor. His first run for public office came in 1978, when, as a 21-year-old junior attending Clemson University, he unexpectedly won a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He later graduated from the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law.

He served as a member of the House from 1979 until 1995, rising through the party ranks to become Majority Whip and, later, Majority Leader. During the 1994 election for governor, both he and his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor Nick Theodore, both had tough primary fights within their own respective parties. Beasley, however, went on to narrowly win the general election by a vote of 50%-48%.

During his term as governor, Beasley was known for injecting his Christian faith into the public discourse.

In 1998, Governor Beasley was soundly defeated in his bid for re-election by Democrat Jim Hodges. There are several reasons cited for Beasley’s surprising loss in such a staunchly Republican state.

First, owners of video poker machines, which were legal in South Carolina at the time, poured millions of dollars into advertisements attacking Beasley for trying to ban video poker. Then there was Beasley’s own refusal to follow up on the public promises he made to several “Southern Heritage” groups, pledging to defend the Confederate flag which flew on top of the State House (he later ordered the Confederate flag to be removed from the top of the South Carolina capitol to a place nearby on the capitol grounds). Many conservative Republicans remembered this supposed “flip-flop” on Election Day, and simply stayed home. Beasley’s opposition to all-day kindergarten deprived him of any Democratic support.

Following his term as governor, Beasley was asked to serve as a fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2003, Beasley was given the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award by U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) for his unpopular decision to remove the Confederate flag from atop the South Carolina capitol.

In 2004, the governor unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate. He lost the Republican nomination to Congressman Jim DeMint of Greenville, South Carolina.

In April 2005, Governor Beasley, along his administration’s former Chief Legal Counsel, Henry Deneen, incorporated the Center for Global Strategies, Ltd (CGS). CGS focuses on developmental initiatives in the non-integrated world. Currently, Governor Beasley serves as the Chairman of the Board.

In 2007, Beasley endorsed Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries.

Beasley is married to the former Mary Wood Payne and is the father of four children: Mary Hunter, Sarah Catherine, David Jr., and Samuel Ross. Governor Beasley currently resides in Society Hill, SC, located in Darlington County.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2008 6:37 PM

    Gov,

    Happy Birthday! You just don’t look a day over 60 period.

    Jeffrey Sewell

  2. February 26, 2008 7:29 PM

    It would be nice to see you at the helm again.

  3. Swain Whitfield permalink
    February 26, 2008 7:32 PM

    Gov,
    Happy Birthday! Like I told Gov. Huckabee “We celebrated David Beasley’s 40th birthday in the Zone at the Stadium”. ….and Gov. Huckabee said “When was that 20 years ago”.
    Swain Whitfield

  4. shadowingu08 permalink
    February 26, 2008 9:53 PM

    Happy Birthday! Please run for US Senate this year. It’s not too late. You have the name ID and can raise the necessary funds to do this. The people would rally behind you this time. We need a family man in that position who will represent the needs of the American people.

  5. Crabby permalink
    February 26, 2008 11:49 PM

    Beasley was an honorable and good man. He still has much to offer!

  6. Eric permalink
    February 26, 2008 11:50 PM

    I did not vote for Beasley…but I wish I had.

  7. Bill & Kathy Cogdill permalink
    February 27, 2008 1:54 AM

    Happy Birthday David. We will always thank you for your passionate support of our Death Row ministry.

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