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Press Release - Lindsey Graham Announces More Than 100 Members of South Carolina Finance Committee

June 04, 2015

One day after launching his campaign for president in the 2016 election, Senator Lindsey Graham released the names of his South Carolina Finance Committee, which includes more than 100 top business and community leaders from across the Palmetto State.

"This list is a ‘Who's Who' in the South Carolina business and professional community," said Graham's Finance Committee Chairman David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada. "There has never been a more impressive Finance Committee for a presidential campaign in South Carolina. Bringing this group together is a remarkable statement about how much these top leaders respect and support Lindsey Graham and the unique qualifications he brings to this presidential race."

Graham's S.C. finance committee includes top fundraisers for numerous campaigns going back nearly 20 years, including top finance leaders for Bush for President, McCain for President, Romney for President, DeMint for Senate, Sanford for Governor and Haley for Governor.

"The members of our team know that Lindsey Graham is a leading voice on national security and foreign policy," Wilkins said. "We are living in a very dangerous world, and Lindsey Graham is ready to serve as Commander in Chief on Day One."

Anita Zucker, CEO of the InterTech Group and co-chair of Graham's finance committee added her reasons for backing Graham. "Our nation needs a president with the courage to take action on the most difficult issues facing America," Zucker said. "Lindsey Graham embodies the governing qualities we need to put our country back on the right path."

In releasing the names of his S.C. finance team, Lindsey Graham expressed his personal gratitude. "I'm deeply honored to have the support of all these major job creators and community leaders from across South Carolina," Graham said. "This team has delivered for past Republican presidential nominees, and I appreciate their tremendous efforts as we launch this new campaign for America's future."

The members of Lindsey Graham 2016's South Carolina Finance Committee are:

South Carolina Chairman

David H. Wilkins of Greenville, Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada and former SC Speaker of the House of Representatives. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014. DeMint for Senate Finance Co-Chair 2010. Bush campaign South Carolina Chairman 2004. Bush campaign South Carolina Co-Chair 2000. Thurmond for Senate Campaign Chairman 1996.

South Carolina Co-Chairs

Terry S. Brown of Columbia, Real Estate Executive. Romney Finance Committee 2012. McCain Finance Committee 2008. SC GOP Victory 2008 Finance Co-Chair.

Wallace Cheves of Greenville, Managing Partner of Sky Boat Gaming.

E. Bart Daniel of Charleston, Self-Employed Attorney. Romney Finance Committee 2012. McCain Finance Committee 2008. DeMint for Senate Finance Committee Co-Chair 2004. Bush Finance Committee 2000. Former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

C. Edward Floyd, Jr. of Florence, Surgeon with Floyd Medical Associates. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Sanford for Governor Finance Committee Co-Chair 2006. DeMint for Senate Finance Team Co-Chair 2004. Bush Ranger and South Carolina Finance Co-Chair in 2004. Bush Pioneer and Finance Committee 2000.

George D. Johnson, Jr. of Spartanburg, Chairman of Johnson Development, Inc. McCain Finance Committee 2008. DeMint for Senate Finance Committee 2004. Bush Pioneer in 2000 and 2004.

E. Smyth McKissick, III of Greenville, Chairman and CEO of Alice Manufacturing Company. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014. Romney Finance Committee 2012.

Robert V. Royall of Mount Pleasant, Former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, Former SC Secretary of Commerce and retired banking executive. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Bush Finance Committee Chairman 2000. SC GOP Victory 2000 Finance Chairman.

Bill H. Stern of Columbia, President of Stern & Stern Commercial Developers, Chairman of the Board of SC Ports Authority. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Sanford for Governor Finance Committee Chairman 2006. SC Inaugural Committee Chairman 2006.

Joe E. Taylor of Columbia, CEO of Southland Capital Partners. Former SC Secretary of Commerce.

Douglas P. Wendel of Myrtle Beach, Business Consultant and former Real Estate Executive. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Bush Finance Committee 2000.

Thad H. Westbrook of Lexington, Attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. Wilson for Attorney General 2010 Campaign Chairman.

John B. White, Jr. of Landrum, Attorney at Harrison, White, Smith, & Coggins. Scott for Senate Finance Committee 2014. McMaster for Lieutenant Governor Finance Committee 2014. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Bush Finance Committee 2004. Bush Finance Committee 2000.

Anita G. Zucker of Charleston, Chair and CEO of The InterTech Group. Scott for Senate Finance Committee 2014. Romney Finance Committee 2012.

South Carolina Members

C. Dan Adams of Greenville, President and CEO of The Capital Corporation. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014.

James W. Apple, Jr. of Myrtle Beach, President and CEO of Burroughs & Chapin Inc.

Vic Bailey, III of Spartanburg, President of Vic Bailey Automotive Superstore.

Tommy B. Baker of Charleston, Owner and President of Baker Motor Company.

J. Edward Bell, III of Georgetown, Founding Partner at Bell Legal Group.

William H. Best of Columbia, Founder of Thermal Engineering Corp.

Ann W. Bible of Greenville, Senior Counsel of Gear Solar. Bush Task Force 2004.

William S. Biggs of Anderson, President and COO of HMR Veterans Services, Inc. Romney Finance Committee 2012.

Kathy Bigham of Rock Hill, former Restauranteur.

Larry S. Bowman of Seneca, Surgeon and Founder of Blue Ridge Orthopedics.

Rigdon H. Boykin of Rembert, General Manager of Green Energy Holdings, LLC.

Mike Brenan of Columbia, South Carolina President of BB&T. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014.

W. Lee Bussell of Chapin, CEO of Chernoff Newman.

Mark W. Buyck, Jr. of Florence, Attorney at Willcox Law Firm. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Co-Chairman of DeMint for Senate Finance Committee 2004. Former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

John T. Cahill of Charleston, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods, Inc.

David R. Campbell of Columbia, President & COO of Chernoff Newman.

Mary Anne Cannady of Walterboro, Chairman of Cannady Agency Inc.

W.T. Cassels, Jr. of Columbia, Chairman of Southeastern Freight Lines. Bush Finance Committee 2004. Bush Finance Committee 2000.

W. Tobin Cassels, III of Columbia, President of Southeastern Freight Lines.

Robert H. Chapman, III of Inman, Chairman, CEO and Treasurer of Inman Mills.

Robert L. Clement, III of Charleston, Real Estate Development at Clement, Crawford & Thornhill.

William A. Coates of Greenville, Attorney at Roe Cassidy Coates & Price PA.

Lloyd W. Coppedge of Myrtle Beach, Chairman of the Professional Plumbing Group, Inc., Former President and CEO of Wolverine Brass, Inc., and Former President and CEO of Plumbmaster, Inc.

Charles E. Dalton of Greenville, President of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

Tony Denny of Lexington, President of Denny Public Affairs. Former Executive Director of the State Republican Party.

R. Scott Dover of Pickens, Self-Employed Attorney.

Dennis E. Drew of Mount Pleasant, Owner and CEO of Convergent 3D.

David E. Dukes of Columbia, Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Bill Dukes of Chapin, Restaurateur, Blue Marlin Restaurant.

Joe A. Edens of Columbia, Chairman of the Board of EDENS. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Bush Finance Committee 2004. Bush Finance Committee 2000.

Rick F. Elliott of North Myrtle Beach, President of Elliott Realty.

Carl O. Falk of Pawleys Island, Board of Directors, Falk-Griffin Foundation.

Marcia G. Falk of Pawleys Island, Board of Directors, Falk-Griffin Foundation.

Ronald H. Fielding of Kiawah Island. Board Member, ICI Mutual Insurance, Saturna Investment Trust, and the Amana Funds.

James Galyean of Greenville, Attorney at Nexsen Pruet.

Jimmy I. Gibbs of Spartanburg, President & CEO of Gibbs International.

Joseph P. Griffith, Jr. of Mount Pleasant, Self-Employed Attorney. Romney Finance Committee 2012. McCain Finance Committee 2008.

John A. Hagins, Jr. of Greenville, Attorney at Covington Patrick Hagins Lewis.

M. Brian Hall, III of Clover, President of ML Ford and Sons, Inc.

Steven W. Hamm of Columbia, Shareholder at Richardson, Plowden & Robinson.

John R. Hamrick of Seneca, Real Estate Developer at Hamrick Real Estate.

Benjy A. Hardee of Little River, President of A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc.

John M. S. Hoefer of Columbia, Attorney at Willoughby and Hoefer PA.

Hal B. Holmes, Jr. of Conway, Physician.

Tee Hooper, Jr. of Greenville, CEO of General Wholesale Distributors.

Matthew R. Hubbell of Charleston, Self-Employed Attorney. Romney Finance Committee 2012. McCain Finance Committee 2008.

Harry Huge of Charleston, Self-Employed Attorney. Co-Founder of the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation.

Robert E. Hughes, Jr. of Greenville, President of Hughes Development Corp.

Stephen A. Imbeau of Florence, Physician with Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Sanford for Governor Finance Committee 2004.

Stewart H. Johnson of Spartanburg, CEO of Morgan Corp.

Ned W. Johnson, II of Columbia, Attorney at McNair Law Firm. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Co-Chairman of Dole for President 1988.

George Dean Johnson, III of Spartanburg, CEO of Johnson Development, Inc.

William W. Jones, Jr. of Bluffton, Attorney at Jones, Simpson and Newton.

Ginger Keating of Charleston.

Mark B. Kent of Greenville, President and CEO of Kent Holdings.

Jerry Kline of Columbia, President of Kline Iron & Steel.

Robert A. Knight of Greenville, President and Owner of Public Strategy, LLC.

Mark Lazarus of Myrtle Beach, Owner of Wild Water & Wheels. Horry County Council Chairman.

Jim Lehman of Columbia, Managing Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Louis B. Lynn of Columbia, Owner of Enviro AgScience, Inc.

Larry A. McKinney of Greenville, Co-Founder of Eldeco Inc.

Earl E. McLeod, Jr. of Lexington, Executive Director, Building Industry Association of Central, SC.

W. Scott Montgomery, IV of Spartanburg, Principal at RePower South.

James C. Morton, Jr. of Greenville.

George B. Nalley, Jr. of Easley, Real Estate Developer at Nalley Commercial Properties, LLC.

John L. Napier of Pawleys Island, Self-Employed Attorney. Former SC Congressman. Former Federal Judge. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Campbell for Governor 1990 Campaign Co-Chair. Reagan for President 1984 SC Co-Chair.

Timothy Norwood of Florence, Vice President of Sales and Global Sales Manager for ADP Tax Credit Services.

David S. Pankau of Columbia, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina.

G. Mark Phillips of Charleston, Attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

David J. Posek of Pawleys Island, President of Daedalus Management Solutions. Romney Finance Committee 2012.

A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Jr. of Greenville, Attorney at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Terry E. Richardson, Jr. of Barnwell, Attorney at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman.

Neil C. Robinson, Jr. of Charleston, Attorney at Nexsen Pruet. Reagan for President Finance Committee.

James W. Roquemore of Cameron, CEO of Patten Seed Company. McCain Finance Committee 2008.

Charles C. Rountree, III of Columbia, Executive at The Rountree Group.

Minor M. Shaw of Greenville, President of Micco, LLC.

John S. Simmons of Columbia, Attorney at Simmons Law Firm. Former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

Danny R. Smith of Pauline, Attorney at Harrison, White, Smith, & Coggins. Former Spartanburg County Council Member.

Doug Smith of Spartanburg, Attorney at Johnson, Smith, Hibbard & Wildman. Former Speaker Pro Tempore of the SC House of Representatives.

Lewis T. Smoak of Greenville, Attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart.

L. Stewart Spinks of Greenville, Chairman and Founder of Spinx Co. McCain Finance Committee 2008. DeMint for Senate Finance Team 2004.

Joseph P. Strom of Columbia, Managing Partner at Strom Law Firm, LLC. Former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina.

Henry McCall Swink of Effingham, Owner of McCall Farms.

Lonnie F. Thompson of Florence, President of Sopakco.

O.L. Thompson, III of Charleston, CEO of O.L. Thompson Construction Co., Inc.

David J. Tigges of Hilton Head, CEO of McNair Law Firm, PA. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014.

Jason Tompkins of Columbia, Real Estate Executive.

Joseph J. Turner, Jr. of Clemson, CEO of First Sun Management Corporation.

Manuel R. Vallarino of Surfside Beach, President of Vallarino Construction, LLC. Haley for Governor Finance Committee 2014. McMaster for Lt. Governor Finance Committee 2014.

Charles S. Way, Jr. of Charleston, Chairman of the Board of The Beach Company. Former SC Secretary of Commerce.

William M. Webster, IV of Spartanburg, Co-Founder and Chairman of Advance America.

Edward J. Westbrook of Mount Pleasant, Attorney at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman.

Mack I. Whittle, Jr. of Greenville, Former President and CEO of The South Financial Group. McCain Finance Committee 2008.

Richard N. Wilkerson of Greenville, Chairman and Retired President of Michelin North America.

W. Walt Wilkins, III of Greenville, 13th Judicial Circuit Solicitor. Former U.S. Attorney for South Carolina. Bush Finance Committee 2004.

Robert Wilkins of Greenville, Attorney at Wilkins & Bouton, LLC.

William W. Wilkins of Greenville, Attorney at Nexsen Pruet. Former Chief Judge of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kathryn Williams of Greenville, Attorney at Law. Thurmond for Senate Finance Committee. Bush for President Finance Committee 1992.

George B. Wolfe of Columbia, Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. McCain Finance Committee 2008. Bush Finance Committee 2000. SC GOP Victory Finance Chairman 1998.

J. Michael Wooten of Myrtle Beach, President of DDC Engineers, Inc.

Weldon Wyatt of Graniteville, Owner of Sage Valley Golf Club.

James C. Yahnis of Murrells Inlet, Co-Owner of The Yahnis Company.

Monica Zielinski of Clemson, Former Real Estate Agent of Carolina Real Estate.

Lindsey Graham, Press Release - Lindsey Graham Announces More Than 100 Members of South Carolina Finance Committee Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/310841

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