South Carolina Legislature

    Former Senator Henry D. McMaster

Senator  Henry D. McMaster photo

Personal Information

  • Attorney
  • Born May 27, 1947 in Columbia
  • Son of John Gregg and Ida Dargan McMaster;
  • University of South Carolina, A.B., 1969, J.D., 1973
  • March 18, 1978 married Peggy Jean McAbee, 2 children, Henry, Jr. and Mary Rogers
  • Admitted to South Carolina Bar, Richland County Bar Association
  • Completed Nattional Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1974
  • Legislative Assistant to United States Senator Strom Thurmond, 1973-74
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Claims, 1974, the United States District Court, 1974, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1975, the Supreme Court of the United States, 1978
  • Appointed by President Ronald Reagan as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, 1981
  • First United States Attorney in the nation appointed by President Reagan
  • Instituted Operation Jackpot and other innovative and successful investigations
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee head, 1981-85
  • United States Attorney, 1981-85
  • Commission on Higher Education, 1991-94
  • Board of Directors of South Carolina Policy Council, 1991-03, Chairman, 1992-93
  • Chairman, South Carolina Republican Party, 1993-02
  • Member: Republican National Committee, 1993-02
  • Member, South Carolna Attorney General, 2003-11
  • Initiated constitutional challenge by states to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, established criminal domestic violence courts and internet predator task force, expanded State Grand Jury's jurisdiction to gangs, securities fraud and environmental crimes, brought and won United States Supreme Court case against North Carolina to protect the Catawba River basin in South Carolina
  • South Carolina State Ports Authority 2011-15
  • Co-Chairman, South Carolina Ethics Reform Commission 2012-13
  • Columbia Rotary Club
  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • St. Andrews Society
  • Recipient, Order of the Palmetto, 1996
  • Member, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia
  • Military Service: USAR (JAG), 1969-75


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