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Dear Friends,

Over the past few months, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of encouragement for me to run for re-election for the South Carolina House of Representatives, District 39. After many weeks of prayerful consideration and discussions with family and friends, I have decided to seek re-election.

As many of you know, I suffered a traumatic injury 15 years ago at the age of 24. That accident left me paralyzed and had a profound effect on my outlook on life. Make no mistake, the days and weeks that I laid in the hospital bed, unable to move my legs, were the darkest days of my life. Yet faith, and support from so many of you, allowed me to overcome the physical limitations and emotional scars left that day. That life changing event taught me about the fragility of our existence, the resolve of the human spirit, and the necessity to live without regret – to give everything in all we do, to speak with sincerity in our hearts, and to live for the betterment of the people around us.

It is from these experiences in which I view our small corner of our state and see a need for a legislator who will fight to lower our taxes, limit the size and scope of government, eliminate wasteful spending, protect our second amendment rights, end the burdensome regulations on our small business owners, and, most importantly, bring meaningful representation to the citizens of Lexington and Saluda Counties.

Achieving these goals will not be easy, yet it can be done. It will require the dedication, steadfastness, and perseverance of a fighter; not a politician. I am that fighter capable of bringing about the conservative change we need. 

I ask for your support and prayers in this great challenge.

News

Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:17 PM

2019 Statehouse Report #10

Legislative Update
Week 10

Overview:
The days are finally getting longer and we’re nearing the middle of the legislative session which, for the House, means this week was “Budget Week,” our weeklong debate on the $8.7 billion 2019-2020 budget. After going through the budget line by line and working past midnight, we successfully sent this year’s budget to the Senate with only one “nay” vote. See below for more details on what is included in this year’s budget.


Another exciting moment for South Carolina happened this week when it was revealed the Carolina Panthers are working on a deal to move their NFL team’s headquarters and training facilities out of Charlotte and into South Carolina! This would be a huge economic win for our state that would drive hundreds of millions of dollars into our economy. We are working on legislation that will help make this possible by providing incentives and working with SCDOT to provide infrastructure improvements for the Rock Hill and York County areas.


It is proving to be a big year for South Carolina’s economy with the Governor and lawmakers working together to create a balanced budget, reforming our antiquated tax system, and focusing on efforts to attract businesses into our state.



Friday, March 8, 2019 3:24 PM

2019 Statehouse Report #9

Legislative Update
Week 9

Overview
Two jackpots in one week!First, the winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last year finally claimed their prize…which means the State of South Carolina will reap aone-time, $61 million reward. So, when the House starts debate on the budget next week, we’ll add that amount to what we were already budgeting to provide tax relief and we’ll be able to return $96 million to taxpayers. This will result in a one-time, $50 taxpayer rebate for every South Carolinian with an income tax liability.

Second, on Wednesday night the House passed the S.C. Education, Career, Opportunity, and Access for All Act that will serve as the starting point in bringing our education system into the 21st century. We increased teacher pay, eliminated several mandatory tests,and we strengthened the ‘Read to Succeed’ program.


Saturday, March 2, 2019 5:36 PM

2019 Statehouse Report #8

Legislative Update
Week 8

Overview
This week started with the General Assembly honoring the Clemson Tigers winning the 2018
national football championship and an inspiring speech by head football Coach Dabo Swinney
on the importance (and effectiveness) of unity in order to get things done. It was a good reminder
this week as my colleagues and I continue to debate the transformational education reform bill
that’s moving through the House, and as we begin discussions regarding this year’s budget.


Monday, February 25, 2019 8:23 AM

2019 Statehouse Report #7

Legislative Update
Week 7

Overview
This week was another busy week in Columbia. Progress was made on the comprehensive education reform bill and this year’s budget was successfully passed out of the Ways and Means Committee. The 2019-2020 budget is built on the foundation of protecting taxpayers, a renewed commitment to being resourceful and efficient,funding only core functions of state government, and providing value for every dollar we vote to spend. Because of our fiscally conservative budgeting, South Carolina is currentlyone of only fourteen states with a AAA credit ratingaccording to Moody’s. Our debt level is .39% of state revenues which is significantly lower than our constitutionally set 5% limit. In addition to efficiently funding the normal core functions of government, this year we are making substantive investments in education and workforce development. We have prioritized public and higher education not only because we owe it to our students, but also to ensure our students are prepared for the workforce.


Sunday, February 17, 2019 7:06 PM

2019 Statehouse Report #6

Legislative Update
Week 6



Overview:
Education reform was once again in the forefront this week. As always, I am grateful and pleased with all of the comments I have received from our community on fixing this issue. We are working hard on both sides of the aisle to make this comprehensive reform bill the best it can be for our students and teachers.


Forrest For House
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