Vincent Sheheen is the Democratic candidate for South Carolina governor. The following bio was posted on his campaign Web site:
Vincent Sheheen s South Carolina roots run deep. He was born and raised in Camden, where his family has lived for well over a century. His father, Fred, ran a print shop and served as South Carolina s Commissioner of Higher Education. His mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher in the Kershaw County public schools and later served as principal of Blaney Elementary School. Not surprisingly, Vincent has made improvement of South Carolina s public schools the cornerstone of his legistative efforts.
Before his election to the state senate in 2004, Vincent served as a city prosecutor and a state representative. Now in his second full term, Vincent represents Chesterfield, Kershaw, and Lancaster counties. He has earned a reputation as a leader in the struggle to fix our dysfunctional state government. This past spring, for example, he led the drive to force Governor Sanford to accept South Carolina s own tax dollars back into the state during the dispute over federal stimulus funds. His Stimulus Solution was to take back the money South Carolina sends to the federal treasury and use it to pay for schools and law enforcement.
Vincent has pushed to overhaul our tax and budgeting systems. He was the lead sponsor of a bill to set up the office of Inspector General to root out waste, fraud, and corruption. He has won the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his innovative ideas for streamlining state government and making it more accountable.
As governor, Vincent s top priority will be to revitalize our state s economy. He is committed to creating an environment that will encourage employers to relocate to South Carolina and expand their operations in our state. He will seek to attract businesses that offer quality jobs in the burgeoning renewable energy sector. He will renew the state s commitment to our technical colleges and see that they have the resources necessary to train a work force for the 21st century. He will establish a Small Business Division within the Commerce Department to focus solely on assisting South Carolina s crucial small businesses. He is determined to overhaul South Carolina s badly broken tax system that currently shifts taxes onto the middle class and those who can least afford to pay.
Vincent is an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. He frequently volunteers in the local elementary schools, reading to young students. The Recreation and Parks Association named him Legislator of the Year for his work on behalf of South Carolina s children. He has been honored by the South Carolina Solicitor s Association for his work on behalf of law enforcement and the state s police officers, and by the Wild Turkey Federation for his efforts to safeguard our natural resources. Protection of South Carolina s precious outdoors, from the coastal marshes to the foothills of the Blue Ridge, is central to his vision of responsible government.
Vincent and his wife Amy are the proud parents of three boys, 13-year old twins Austin and Joseph and 9-year old Anthony. All three attend the same public schools that their dad did over 25 years ago. When not working for the people of South Carolina, Vincent enjoys fishing with his sons and second-guessing their coach at basketball games. Vincent and Amy met when they were students at Clemson. They married when Vincent was in law school at the University of South Carolina. He admits to rooting at times for the Gamecocks, but never when they re playing the Tigers.