Delivering Results to Pickens County
In 2020, I was elected to represent the people of the Third District in the S.C. House of Representatives. In my service to the House, I was appointed to the Medical, Military and Public and Municipal Affairs (3M) Committee as well as the House Rules Committee. During my tenure, I introduced bills that would enhance penalties for careless and reckless driving that involve serious bodily injury and, a bill that enhances penalties for individuals convicted of cruelty to animals. Also, I co-sponsored bills to help reduce taxes for all SC citizens; a bill to eliminate income tax from military retirees; a bill to allow children in foster care to continue to receive benefits until the age of 21; a bill to create the offense of cyber sexual harassment; and a bill to amend the SC Code of Laws to enact the “Uniform Child Abduction Act.”
I have lived in Clemson since 2001 where I served as the CEO of the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) until my retirement in 2019. During my career with NCEES, the NCEES reserves grew from $18 million to more than $54 million; the organization employed a staff of more than 70 people; I negotiated multiple agreements with foreign universities and professional associations to offer the NCEES licensure examinations and; oversaw a transition of the NCEES pencil/paper exams to a computer-based delivery system.
In the community, I serve as the Chair of the Church Council for Clemson United Methodist Church. In 2019, I completed training and serve as a Guardian Ad Litem for Pickens County and I advocate for abused and neglected children who are involved with the Pickens County family court system. I continue to carry a caseload in addition to my duties as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
I am married to the former Karen Baker who has served as the Executive Director of Clemson Community Care since 2008. Karen and I have four adult children and three grandchildren.