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Encyclopedia > David Beasley

David Muldrow Beasley (born February 26, 1957) is a United States politician. He was the Governor of South Carolina from 1995 until 1999. is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... For other uses, see Governor (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Columbia Area  Ranked 40th  - Total 34,726 sq mi (82,965 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 260 miles (420 km)  - % water 6  - Latitude 32° 2′ N to 35° 13′ N  - Longitude... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...

David Beasley began his political career as a member of the U.S. Democratic Party, but switched to the U.S. Republican Party long before his time as governor. His first run for public office was at the age of 20, when, as a junior attending Clemson University, he won a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ... The South Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Carolina General Assembly. ...

He was a member of the House from 1979 until 1995. During the 1994 election for governor, he and his Democratic opponent, Nick Theodore, both had tough primary fights within their own parties. Beasley went on to win the general election by a vote of 50%-48%. Nick Theodore (born September 16, 1928) is an American politician who was the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 1987 to 1995. ... A primary election is an election in which voters in a jurisdiction select candidates for a subsequent election (nominating primary). ...

Beasley was defeated in his 1998 bid for re-election by Democrat Jim Hodges. Reasons cited for Beasley's defeat: owners of video poker machines, which were legal in South Carolina at the time, poured millions of dollars into advertisements attacking Beasley for trying to ban video poker; Beasley's efforts to move the Confederate flag from the top of the South Carolina capitol to a place on the capitol grounds; and Beasley's opposition to all-day kindergarten. Following his term as Governor, Beasley served as a fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Gov. ...

In 2003, Beasley was a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his stand on removing the Confederate flag from atop the South Carolina capitol, which hurt his re-election support. In early 2004 he announced as a candidate for the US Senate on the Republican ticket. Despite winning 40 of South Carolina's counties in the June 8, 2004 Primary, Beasley was defeated in the June 22, 2004 Runoff by Rep. Jim DeMint of Greenville, South Carolina. James Warren DeMint (born September 2, 1951) has been a U.S. Senator from South Carolina since 2005. ... Greenville is the third largest city in the state of South Carolina. ...

In April, 2005, Governor Beasley, along his former Chief Legal Counsel in his administration, Henry L. Deneen, incorporated the Center for Global Strategies, Ltd (CGS). CGS focuses on developmental initiatives in the non-integrated world. Currently, Governor Beasley serves as its Chairman of the Board.

During 2007, Governor Beasley campaigned for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in the Republican presidential primaries. Michael Dale Mike Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is a former governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas, having served from 1996 to 2007. ... // The 2008 Republican primaries will be the selection process by which the Republicans elect delegates who will then elect the GOP candidate in the 2008 election for President and Vice President of the United States. ...

Beasley is married to the former Mary Wood Payne and is the father of four children: Mary Hunter, Sarah Catherine, David Jr., and Samuel Ross. Governor Beasley presently resides in Society Hill, SC, located in Darlington County.

Preceded by
Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.
Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Jim Hodges

  Results from FactBites:
Washingtonpost.com: S. Carolina Incumbent in Unexpected Tussle (1343 words)
In addition to "Ban Beasley" billboards, radio ads and a "dump Beasley" web site, the industry is providing much of the financing for the state Democratic Party, Hodges's campaign, for a pro-Confederate flag organization attacking Beasley and for an ad hoc alliance of moderate Republicans who have defected from their party.
Beasley, a former Democrat elected as a Republican to the governorship in 1994 with the strong support of the Christian Coalition, has, by all accounts, contributed significantly to his current problems.
Beasley's publicized reversals on the Confederate flag and the lottery, and his efforts to quash the affair rumors, are an attempt to regain traction in the campaign agenda.
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