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Gov. Jim Hodges
Gov. Jim Hodges

James Hovis Hodges (born November 19, 1956) is a U.S. Democratic Party politician from South Carolina. He was the Governor of South Carolina from 1999 until 2003. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major United States political parties. ... Official language(s) English Capital Charleston(1670-1789) Columbia(1790-present) Largest city Columbia Largest metro area Greenville-Spartanburg 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°430N to 35°12... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Biography

Jim Hodges grew up in rural Lancaster, South Carolina, near the North Carolina border. He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated from the USC School of Law in 1982. After graduation, Hodges resettled in Lancaster to practice law. He became court attorney, and in 1986 started his political career with a successful bid for the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 29. Lancaster is a city located in Lancaster County, South Carolina. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 500 miles (805 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 9. ... The University of South Carolina, Columbia (USC or Carolina) is a public, coeducational, research university located in Columbia, South Carolina and is the flagship campus of the University of South Carolina System. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The South Carolina House of Representatives is the lower house of the South Carolina General Assembly. ...


He remained in the State House for eleven years, becoming Minority Leader in 1994 and garnering the support of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the National Rifle Association with his conservative voting record. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... This article concerns the National Rifle Association of the USA. For the UK organisation, see National Rifle Association, UK The National Rifle Association, or NRA, is a 501(c)(4) group for the protection of gun rights in the United States, established in New York in 1871 as the American...


While in the House, Hodges served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee from 1992 until 1994, and as House Democratic Leader from 1995 until 1997. When Hodges ran for governor in 1998, it was as an underdog against his U.S. Republican Party opponent, one-term incumbent governor David Beasley. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the modern United States Republican Party. ... David Muldrow Beasley (born February 26, 1957) is a United States politician. ...


He had no opposition in the primary, but a poll taken in June 1998 showed Hodges had only 43 percent name recognition across South Carolina. Beasley, meanwhile, trounced his Republican opponent, Bill Able, 72 percent to 28 percent.


Beasley's popularity made him a formidable opponent, but Hodges immediately began to focus on the state of South Carolina's education system, which had students finishing last in the nation on the SAT exam in 1997. The SAT (pronounced S-A-T) Reasoning Test, formerly called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test, is a type of standardized test frequently used by colleges and universities in the United States to aid in the selection of incoming students. ...


Hodges cited Beasley's opposition to all-day kindergarten, and proposed a state lottery that would give about $150 million a year to educational programs such as pre-school classes and college scholarships. The proposal helped Hodges gain ground over Beasley, who initially opposed the lottery but changed his mind a month before the election.


Beasley's missteps also helped Hodges pull ahead in the election. In the heated issue of whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the dome of the state Capitol, Beasley was initially in favor of allowing the flag to remain. In November 1996, he switched positions, calling for the removal of the battle flag to the Capitol grounds - a move to which some fellow Republicans reacted angrily. The following are the flags used by the short-lived Confederate States of America. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Hodges won the gubernatorial race with a clear 53 percent to 45 percent margin, carrying nearly every rural county. He did especially well in the urban areas of Charleston County and Richland County -- home to South Carolina's capital, Columbia. In fact, Hodges became the first challenger in over a century to defeat a sitting governor in South Carolina.


As South Carolina's 114th governor, Hodges worked to add the Martin Luther King Holiday to the state's official calendars; he also played an instrumental role in removing the Confederate flag from the state Capitol's dome to its grounds. He also instituted the construction of the New Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, SC which is North America's longest cabled spanned bridge. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr, Ph. ... The Arthur Ravenel, Jr. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Holy City, The Palmetto City Motto: Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She cares for her temples, customs, and rights) Location Location of Charleston in South Carolina. ...


He endured harsh criticism for mistakes during the evacuation of Charleston and the Low Country during 1999's Hurricane Floyd. Newspapers across South Carolina, particularly Charleston, chastised Hodges for not making traffic along South Carolina's I-26 one-way, to avoid the severe traffic jams that occurred as residents tried to flee the storm's path. Lowest pressure 921 mbar (hPa)[1] Damages $4. ... Interstate 26 is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ...


Hodges defended his evacuation plan, telling the press in 1999 that the process of moving hundreds of thousands of people inland still occurred in a timely manner. "I think we need to put things in perspective here," Hodges said. "This was the largest peacetime evacuation in the history of the United States, and it was all done in about a twelve or a twenty-four hour period. When you have 800,000 South Carolinians leaving the coast, coupled with over a million from other areas below us in Georgia and Florida, you're going to have traffic problems."


During his tenure, Hodges also signed a bill encouraging schools to get students to say "Yes, sir," and "Yes, ma'am" to teachers. He announced a plan to raise teacher salaries to the national average by 2007, and opposed tying the raises to teacher performance.


In his 2002 bid for re-election, Hodges faced a very strong Republican challenge from former U.S. Congressman Mark Sanford. Like Hodges' 1998 bid, the race concentrated on issues such as education and the state budget. But South Carolina itself has become a solidly Republican state over the years, and Sanford defeated Hodges in the general election, 53 percent to 47 percent. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Marshall Clement Mark Sanford, Jr. ...


Today, the former governor heads up the Hodges Consulting Group, which maintains offices in Columbia, South Carolina, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina and Raleigh, North Carolina. Hodges Consulting Group, which is a a subsidiary of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, L.L.P., provides clients with advice and solutions for their government relations and business development needs. Flag Seal Nickname: The Capital of Southern Hospitality, The Metro Location Location in Richland County, South Carolina Government Country State Counties United States South Carolina Richland Lexington Mayor Bob Coble, (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 339. ... Flag Nickname: The Queen City, The Hornets Nest Location Location in Mecklenburg County in the state of North Carolina Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States North Carolina Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Mayor Pat McCrory, (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 280. ... Nickname: The City of Oaks Map Political Statistics Founded 1792 County Wake County Mayor Charles Meeker Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 299. ...


If U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) had defeated U.S. President George W. Bush in the 2004 general election, many believe that Hodges would have been a leading contender for U.S. Secretary of Education. The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... For the pop band, see Presidents of the United States of America. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American businessman and politician, was elected in 2000 as the 43rd President of the United States of America, re-elected in 2004, and is currently serving his second term in that office. ... Presidential election results map. ... The United States Secretary of Education is the head of the Department of Education. ...


In late 2004, Governor Hodges briefly flirted with the idea of running for the Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean is the current Chairman of the DNC. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal campaign and fund-raising organization affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. ...


Hodges and his wife Rachel live in Columbia with their two sons, Luke and Sam.

Preceded by:
David Beasley
Governor of South Carolina
19992003
Succeeded by:
Mark Sanford
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Online NewsHour: South Carolina Governor's Race -- Jim Hodges Biography (769 words)
Hodges cited Beasley's opposition to all-day kindergarten, and proposed a state lottery that would give about $150 million a year to educational programs such as pre-school classes and college scholarships.
Hodges won the gubernatorial race with a clear 53 percent to 45 percent margin, carrying nearly every rural county.
Hodges defended his evacuation plan, telling the NewsHour in 1999 that the process of moving hundreds of thousands of people inland still occurred in a timely manner.
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