Matt Moore was elected Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party on June 8, 2013 and re-elected to a second term on May 2, 2015. During his time as Chairman, he has focused on growing the State Party's "Victory 365" full-time ground game operation, protecting South Carolina's "First in the South" primary, and recruiting more young activists to the Republican Party.
Matt has continually worked to build a strong, diverse South Carolina Republican Party through conservative principles and the faith that guides his own life. He is a strong advocate for economic freedom and has worked to expand opportunity for innovative companies and entrepreneurs.
Since his election in 2013, Matt has established himself as a state and national leader on issues including racial reconciliation, good government, global engagement, and criminal justice reform. Matt is also a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist who during his time as Chairman has worked to protect some of South Carolina's most vulnerable waterways.
Born in the rural South, Matt learned through his parents' example that anything is possible for those who have faith and a strong work ethic. While studying engineering on Georgia Tech's highest academic scholarship, Matt started his journey of championing conservative causes through internships and later working in Washington, D.C. His path soon led to South Carolina, where he continued to fight for common-sense policy reforms and support some of our state's most promising conservative voices, including then-County Councilman Tim Scott, then-State Rep. Jeff Duncan, and many other current members of the S.C. State House and Senate.
Matt previously served as State Director for U.S. Senator Tim Scott and served as the South Carolina Republican Party's Executive Director in 2011 and 2012, managing over $3 million in political expenditures as Governor Mitt Romney soundly defeated President Barack Obama in South Carolina.
In 2013 and 2014, Matt led the South Carolina Republican Party through its most successful election cycle in history. A record eleven Republicans were elected to statewide office (including all nine Constitutional officers and two U.S. Senators). The state party also won each of its targeted State House and local races. Notably, the state party made over 3 million online voter contacts in support of Republican candidates and issues.
Matt has served four winning gubernatorial campaigns and advised hundreds of winning Republican campaigns. From June 2013 until April 2015, he was the youngest state chairman in America's two major political parties. Matt serves on the Republican National Committee's Youth Advisory Board and during his time as Chairman, the state party has chartered over ten new Teenage Republican and College Republican chapters.
Matt and his wife, Meg, are members of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia. He holds a bachelor of science in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a master of arts in Economics from the University of South Carolina.
Matt's 2014 Master's thesis, titled "The Economic Impact of South Carolina's 2012 Republican Presidential Primary," garnered statewide and national attention for its groundbreaking research.
In fall 2015, Matt was an adjunct professor of political science at the University of South Carolina, where his class focused on technology and the long-term challenges facing both political parties.
Cindy Costa was elected as the Republican National Committeewoman from South Carolina in May of 1996. She has attended six Republican National Conventions and served on the RNC Site Selection for the 2012 Convention. Cindy has been a Presidential Elector for three elections. She served as Vice Chair of the RNC Committee on the Rules, and as a Taiwanese delegation member. She currently serves on the RNC Executive Committee from the Southern Region.
Costa is currently the business manager at the Southeastern Facial Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Center, the Founder and Chairman of the South Carolina Winning Women Excellence in Public Service Series, a life member of the Republican Speaker’s Circle. Most recently, Cindy was honored by being awarded The Republican Women of the Year for South Carolina by the South Carolina Republican Women’s Caucus. She is a member of James Island Christian Church, the Palmetto Elephant Club, the Charleston County Republican Party, the Greater Lowcountry Republican Club, and the Charleston County Medical Society Auxiliary.
Previously, Mrs. Costa was the Third Vice Chairman and later the Secretary of the Charleston County Republican Party, the First Vice Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, an Executive Committeeman for James Island Precinct, the South Carolina Republican of the Year in 2000 by the NRCC, and had a presidential appointment to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. Costa was also Mrs. South Carolina, U.S.A. in 1996. She currently resides in James Island, SC with her husband Dr. Louis E. Costa, II. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Glenn McCall was elected as the National Committeeman from South Carolina in May of 2008. He has served on the RNC Resolutions Committee, the Rules Committee and was a member of the Committee on Arrangements Executive Committee and served as the Chairman of the Delegate Experience Subcommittee for the 2012 Republican National Convention. He has attended the past three conventions.
Currently, Mr. McCall serves as the Chairman of the York County Republican Party and the South Carolina Traffic Camera Review Commission. He is on the board of the South Carolina Workforce Review Committee, the Palmetto Pregnancy Center and serves on the Board of Trustees for Winthrop University.
Previously, Mr. McCall served as the Senior Vice President for Bank of America. He was the Second Vice President for the South Carolina GOP, a member of the South Carolina GOP Resolutions Committee, and the Vice President of the South Carolina GOP Convention. McCall also served on the board of the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission and the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control.
Nikki Randhawa Haley was sworn in as governor of South Carolina on January 12, 2011. Haley was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004. In 2008, she was re-elected to the Statehouse and later won the Republican Party nomination for governor on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Her time in Columbia has been marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line. She has fought wasteful spending at every turn, pushed for smaller, more efficient government, and led the fight for accountability and transparency. Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley's first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in accounting and, following her graduation, worked as Accounting Supervisor for the Charlotte, N.C. based corporation FCR, Inc. and five of its subsidiaries. Haley then went back to the family business where she helped oversee its growth into a multi-million dollar operation. Haley and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington. Haley and her husband Michael have two children, Rena, 13, and Nalin, 10.
SCOTT, Tim, a Senator and a Representative from South Carolina; born in North Charleston, Charleston County, S.C., September 19, 1965; attended Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., 1983-1984; B.S., Charleston Southern University, Charleston, S.C., 1988; entrepreneur; Charleston County, S.C. council, 1995-2008; unsuccessful candidate for the South Carolina state senate in 1996; member of the South Carolina house of representatives, 2009-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress, and served from January 3, 2011, to January 2, 2013, when he resigned to become a U.S. Senator; appointed January 2, 2013, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James DeMint; appointment took effect upon his resignation from the House of Representatives on January 2, 2013; took the oath of office on January 3, 2013; elected in 2014 in a special election for the term ending January 3, 2017.
GRAHAM, Lindsey O., a Senator and a Representative from South Carolina; born in Central, Pickens County, S.C., July 9, 1955; graduated from Daniel High School, Central, S.C. 1973; B.A., University of South Carolina, Columbia 1977; J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law 1981; United States Air Force 1982-1988; South Carolina Air National Guard 1989-1995; United States Air Force Reserves 1995-present; lawyer, private practice; assistant county attorney, Oconee County, S.C. 1988-1992; city attorney for Central, S.C. 1990-1994; member of the South Carolina state house of representatives 1992-1994; elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995-January 3, 2003); one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1998 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against President William Clinton; was not a candidate for reelection in 2002, but was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 2002; reelected in 2008, and again in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
RICE, Tom, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., August 4, 1957; B.S., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1979; M.A., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1982; J.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1982; lawyer, private practice; accountant; chairman of the Horry County, S.C., council, 2010-2012; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2013-present).
SANFORD, Mark, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Fla., May 28, 1960; attended high school in Beaufort, S.C.; B.A., Furman University, Greenville, S.C., 1983; M.B.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., 1988; owner, real estate investment firm; farmer; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1995-January 3, 2001); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Seventh Congress in 2000; Governor of South Carolina, 2003-2011; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Tim Scott, and reelected to the succeeding Congress (May 7, 2013-present).
WILSON, Addison Graves (Joe), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Charleston, S.C., July 31, 1947; graduated from the High School of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.; B.A., Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 1969; J.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., 1972; United States Army Reserve, 1972-1975; South Carolina Army National Guard; lawyer, private practice; deputy general counsel, United States Department of Energy, 1981-1982; staff, United States Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina; staff, United States Representative Floyd Spence of South Carolina; member of the South Carolina state senate, 1984-2001; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Seventh Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Floyd Spence, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (December 18, 2001-present).
MULVANEY, Mick, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Alexandria, Va., July 21, 1967; graduated from Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte, N.C., 1985; B.S.F.S., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1989; J.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1992; lawyer, private practice; real estate developer; member of the South Carolina state house of representatives, 2007-2009; member of the South Carolina state senate, 2009-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).
GOWDY, Trey, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., August 22, 1964; graduated from Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, S.C., 1982; B.A., Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1986; J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, S.C., 1989; lawyer, private practice; clerk, South Carolina Court of Appeals; clerk, United States District Court; assistant U. S. attorney, 1994-2000; solicitor, Seventh Judicial Circuit, 2001-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present); chair, Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi (One Hundred Thirteenth Congress).
DUNCAN, Jeff, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Greenville, Greenville County, S.C., January 7, 1966; graduated from Ware Shoals High School, Ware Shoals, S.C., 1984; B.A., Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., 1988; banker; real estate broker; member of the South Carolina state house of representatives, 2003-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2011-present).