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SC Governors – David Muldrow Beasley, 1995-1999

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor David Muldrow Beasley

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Biographical Overview

  • Born: February 26, 1957 in Lamar, South Carolina
  • Died:
  • Religion:
  • Political Party: Republican
Portrait of David Muldrow Beasley
David Muldrow Beasley
Courtesy of Beasley for Governor Committee



  • Lawyer
  • Banker

Major Events and Accomplishments, 1995–1999

  • 1998 – Governor Beasley ran for a second term but was defeated by James H. Hodges

Other Government Positions

  • South Carolina House of Representatives, 1979-1992
    –Chairman, House Education and Public Works Commission, 1989-1990
    –Chairman, SC Mining Council, 1985-1986
    –Majority Leader, 1987-1988
    –Chairman, Joint Legislative Commission on Education, 1987
    –Vice Chairman, Joint Legislative Commission on Children, 1987
    –Speaker Pro Tempore, January 10, 1991-1992

Other Accomplishments, Honors, Distinctions

  • Beasley was only 20 years old and in his junior year at Clemson when he ran for the South Carolina House of Representatives.
  • Beasley served as the youngest Speaker pro tempore and Majority Leader in the nation during his years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1979-1992
  • Board of Trustees, University of South Carolina, 1990-91
  • Board of Trustees, Francis Marion College, 1988-91

Web Resources

Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1994
Nick A. Theodore 129,572 votes 49.6%
Joe Riley 99,967 votes 38.2%
T. Travis Medlock 22,468 votes 8.6%

Democratic Runoff – 1994
Nick A. Theodore 113,127 votes 50.4%
Joe Riley 111,517 votes 49.6%

Republican Primary – 1994
David Muldrow Beasley 119,724 votes 47.2%
Arthur Ravenel 81,129 votes 32.0%
Thomas F. Hartnett 52,866 votes 20.8%

Republican Runoff – 1994
David Muldrow Beasley 134,297 votes 57.6%
Arthur Ravenel 98,915 votes 42.4%

General Election – 1994
David Muldrow Beasley 470,756 votes 50.4%
Nick A. Theodore 447,002 votes 47.9%


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