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4776Type of Legislation: House Resolution HRIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 20020220Primary Sponsor: WilkinsAll Sponsors: Wilkins and HarrellDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\bbm\10800htc02.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20020220Subject: McMaster, HenryHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 20020220 Introduced, adopted Versions of This Bill
EXPRESSING THE APPRECIATION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE DISTINGUISHED CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE OF HENRY MCMASTER OF COLUMBIA, MOST RECENTLY AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PARTY ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE POST OF PARTY CHAIRMAN AND WISHING FOR HIM A LONG CAREER OF FURTHER SERVICE TO THE STATE AND THE NATION.
Whereas, Henry McMaster is a native of Columbia, the son of John Gregg McMaster and Ida Dargan McMaster, and is a 1969 graduate of the University of South Carolina, serving in several honor and service fraternities, receiving his law degree from the University in 1973, serving on the editorial board of the South Carolina Law Review; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster served in the United States Army Reserve and as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond; and
Whereas, upon the recommendation of Senator Strom Thurmond, Henry McMaster was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina in 1981, and was the first United States Attorney in the nation to be appointed by President Reagan; and
Whereas, while United States Attorney, Henry McMaster instituted innovative and successful investigations such as "OPERATION JACKPOT", which was the first investigation into international drug smuggling operations within the United States to use the financial team approach, netting both criminals and substantial sums of cash for the state and federal government; and
Whereas, in 1985, Henry McMaster first proposed a statewide grand jury system for South Carolina which was adopted into law by the people of South Carolina in 1988; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster successfully completed his four-year term as United States Attorney in 1985; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster has been a candidate for statewide office: in 1986, as the Republican Party's nominee for the United States Senate and in 1987 and 1988, he served as state chairman for the Jack Kemp for President campaign in South Carolina and later co-chaired the South Carolina campaign for President George H. W. Bush. In 1990, Henry was the Republican Party's nominee for Lieutenant Governor; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster in 1991 was appointed by Governor Carroll Campbell and confirmed by the S.C. Senate for service on the Commission on Higher Education from 1991 through 1994; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster has served at the highest levels of the political arena when on May 8, 1993, was elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party at the South Carolina Republican Convention and serves in that role to the present; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster currently practices law with his father and four brothers in the firm of Tompkins and McMaster in Columbia; and
Whereas, Henry McMaster is married to Peggy Jean McAbee of Spartanburg and they have two children, Henry, Jr., and Mary Rogers and are members of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
That the members of the House of Representatives, by this resolution, express their appreciation for the distinguished career in public service of Henry McMaster of Columbia, most recently as Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, on the occasion of his retirement from the post of party chairman and wish for him a long career of further service to the State and the nation.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be presented to Mr. McMaster.
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