Sign up for the latest news from the

McMaster for Governor campaign.

First Name

Last Name


Zip Code

* All fields required

NOVEMBER 1, 2014

The Best is Yet to Come

Boots and I have been campaigning all across South Carolina, sharing our pro-growth vision for the future.  Everywhere we go, from the mountains to the coast, I continue to be amazed by our wonderful state.

The next four years are critical to the future of South Carolina.  And there’s no reason we can’t achieve everything we want if we elect the right people.

As your Lt. Governor, I will work with Governor Haley to continue record-breaking job growth, provide our children with the world-class education that they deserve, and reform our ethics laws to ensure confidence in government.

But we need your help.

Here are three things you can do right now to help our campaign win on Election Day:

1. Show our new "Leadership" campaign ad to five other South Carolina voters and tell them why you back our vision for the next four years;

2. Sign up for our email updates using the form on the right -- and consider making a financial contribution to support our cause;

3. Mark your calendar for THIS TUESDAY, November 4, and be sure to vote at your regular polling place between 7am and 7pm. [Follow this link to find your polling location]

The election on Tuesday is a choice between two completely different sets of ideas and beliefs:  I was proud to serve as Ronald Reagan's first U.S. Attorney, while our opponent was Barack Obama's campaign coordinator.

As always, I thank you for your support and for helping make South Carolina the greatest place in the world to live, work and raise a family.

Yours very truly,

Henry (and Boots)


OCTOBER 31, 2014

Our New Day Is About To Begin

From the Upstate to the Midlands. From the mountains to the sea. South Carolina is a sight to behold.

As your Lt. Governor, I will be ready on day one to fight for the people of this great state. I am confident, with the right leadership, there is no limit to what we can accomplish together.

But we need your help.

Here are three things you can do right now to help our campaign win on Election Day:

1. Share our "New Day" campaign ad with at least five other South Carolina voters;

2. Sign up for our email updates using the form on the right -- and consider making a financial contribution to support our cause;

3. Mark your calendar for THIS TUESDAY, November 4, and be sure to vote at your regular polling place between 7am and 7pm. [Follow this link to find your polling location]

As always, I thank you for your support and for helping make South Carolina the greatest place in the world to live, work and raise a family.

Yours very truly,



OCTOBER 27, 2014

Pat Boone Sings Praises of Henry McMaster for South Carolina Lt. Governor

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Gerry Scimeca, 804-402-0032

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Legendary entertainer Pat Boone, spokesman for the national non-partisan senior citizen group the 60 Plus Association, today announced that South Carolina GOP South Carolina Lt. Governor candidate Henry McMaster received the group's Honorary Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award.

In a statement released by 60 Plus, Boone remarked, “I'm still singing at concerts, but today I'm singing the praises of Henry McMaster. South Carolina seniors can depend on Henry McMaster." Boone, 80, and his wife of 60 years, Shirley, reside in Beverly Hills, California.

Boone is familiar to audiences as a star of music, film and television. Boone has had 38 top-ten hits since his recording career began in the 1950s, and, according to Billboard magazine, still holds the record for the most consecutive weeks (220) on the charts by any performer.

Chairman Jim Martin, who founded 60 Plus in 1992, added, "Henry McMaster is an exceptional public servant who cares deeply about the elderly and the extraordinary challenges they face. As Lt. Governor he will help set an agenda that protects the quality of life and well-being of South Carolina seniors citizens and their families.

"Most important, Henry McMaster is a man of honesty and integrity who has earned the trust of seniors through his many fights on their behalf.  On behalf of the more than 59,000 seniors that 60 Plus counts on for support in the Palmetto state, I can say that seniors will have no finer friend in Columbia than Henry McMaster. "

The Association’s Guardian award is presented to Democrats and Republicans based on their “senior friendly” voting records. The Honorary award is based on candidates' public positions on issues of importance to seniors.  Previous South Carolina GOP recipients include Governor Nikki Haley and U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott.  Democrat recipients include New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Sanford Bishop of Georgia.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

McMaster, law enforcement leaders support Gov. Haley in Statehouse press conference

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Former United States Attorney and South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and past and present law enforcement officials held a press conference today to support Governor Nikki Haley's efforts to protect South Carolinians and her willingness to work with law enforcement. McMaster was joined by:

Former South Carolina Attorney General Charlie Condon
Former United States Attorney John S. Simmons
Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone
York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant
Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile
Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight
Former 15th Circuit Solicitor, South Carolina Senator Greg Hembree
Former South Carolina Highway Patrolman, Representative Dennis Moss

Following the press conference the participants released the following joint statement:

“We are here today to thank Governor Haley for her steadfast support of South Carolina law enforcement. Because of her efforts in her first term the Palmetto State is a safer place for every citizen and officer. Law enforcement and prosecutors depend on support and cooperation from the executive branch to do their jobs. Gov. Haley has proven willing and able to work with and support law enforcement to keep South Carolinians safe.

"Gov. Haley has been an advocate for us in the Statehouse by helping to push for the passage of the Blue Alert Program, Emma's Law, and pushing for additional funding for transportation improvements and additional officers in the S.C. Department of Corrections, S.C. Law Enforcement Division, S.C. Department of Public Safety, and S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services -- all without raising taxes.

"Law enforcement is a tough, complex business. Lives are on the line. There are times when investigations must be kept confidential, as in the Department of Revenue security breach, and times when the public's assistance is invaluable, such as with Crime Stoppers. Sometimes natural disasters strike and the whole state must react as one. Gov. Haley understands this. Gov. Haley has been there to support us in these efforts and we are here today to support her.”

Blue Alert Program - established the program that rapidly disseminates information to help apprehend suspects that kill, seriously injure, or abduct law enforcement officers.

Emma's Law - increases the distribution of ignition interlock devices to severely intoxicated or repeat drunk drivers, making South Carolina tougher on DUI than ever before.

Transportation improvements without raising taxes - in 2013, over a billion dollars was dedicated to roads using existing revenue sources effectively increasing capacity in front of expected population growth and making our roads and bridges safer for future generations.

Executive Budget (2012-2013)
SC Corrections - $14.7 million in capital projects and deferred maintenance
SCPPP - $3 million for offender supervision and sentencing reform
SLED - 51 agents, $2 million in operating and $4.8 million for capital improvements
SCDPS - 56 officers and $10 million in capital projects

Executive Budget (2013-2014)
Attorney General - $150,000 for human trafficking operations and $2.5 million for DUI and general prosecution
SLED - Over $1 million for agents and operations and $2.5 million for capital and non-recurring expenses
SC DPS - $2 million for additional troopers and improves communications networks and $800,000 for vehicles and station repairs
SC Corrections - $3 million for officer pay raises and $10 million for capital projects.
SC PPP - $1.2 million for officers and operations and  $900,000 for sentencing reform and parole board operations.
SC DJJ - $8.4 million for sustainable funding and replacing non-recurring revenues.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

McMaster announces "Stand Up for Seniors" tour

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Republican Candidate for Lt. Governor Henry McMaster will be traveling the State on a "Stand Up for Seniors" tour to share his vision for the S.C. Office on Aging and how the State can improve services to our rapidly growing population of senior citizens.

McMaster, a former S.C. Attorney General, says part of his plan is to assist the growing senior population by reducing their tax burden, cracking down on predators who exploit the elderly, mobilizing non-profit resources, modernizing seniors centers, and placing a renewed focus on retirement planning.

Henry McMaster’s schedule for the "Stand Up for Seniors" tour includes:

Tuesday, September 16, 9:30 AM - Visit to the Senior Center at Highland Park, 917 Standard Street, Rock Hill, S.C.

Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 AM - Attend the Lt. Governor’s Council on Aging quarterly meeting, Lt. Governor's Office on Aging, 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, September 17, 11:00 AM - McMaster will take questions from the media, Lt. Governor's Office on Aging, 1301 Gervais Street, Suite 350, Columbia, S.C.

Wednesday, September 17, 1:30 PM - McMaster will speak to the 16th Annual Fall session of the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature, Seawell's, 1125 Rosewood Drive, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, September 18, 8:45 AM - Private meeting with the Alzheimer’s Association, Nexsen Pruet, 1230 Main Street, #700, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 AM - McMaster will take questions from the media, Nexsen Pruet, 1230 Main Street, #700, Columbia, S.C.

Thursday, September 18, 4:00 PM - Meet with the South Carolina Council on Aging Director's Association, Senior Resources, 2817 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, S.C.

Friday, September 19, 11:00 AM - Visit to the Mount Pleasant Manor, 921 Bowman Road, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

Note: As additional events are added to the schedule, you will be notified.

On June 2, McMaster released his plan for the Office on Aging and it is available here for reference.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

McMaster accepts SCETV debate invitation

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - McMaster for Lt. Governor today announced that Henry McMaster has agreed to participate in a Lt. Governor's debate hosted by South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) on October 16, 2014.

"Henry McMaster is happy to accept SCETV's invitation.  We welcome a contrast between Henry McMaster, who was Ronald Reagan's first U.S. Attorney, and our opponent, who was Barack Obama's South Carolina campaign co-chair,” said McMaster Campaign Manager Jeff Taillon.

JUNE 24, 2014

McMaster releases statement on election results

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Republican nominee for Lt. Governor Henry McMaster tonight released the following statement:

"I’m honored to receive the support of so many South Carolinians who recognize our State’s greatest days do lie ahead.  As our next Lt. Governor, I will stand tall with Governor Nikki Haley to ensure our great State and its citizens take pride in our true potential and make the Palmetto State the shining example of limited government, individual freedom and economic prosperity to be emulated by all. None of this would have been possible without the love and support from my wife Peggy and children Henry Jr. and Mary Rogers."

JUNE 13, 2014

McMaster Backed by McKinney Leadership Team

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The top leaders of former Lt. Governor candidate Pat McKinney today announced their support for Henry McMaster. Those leaders include:

James Edwards, Former SC Governor, John Napier, Former US Congressman, Billy Wilkins, Former Chief Judge US Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, Mike Brenan, BB&T South Carolina Regional President, Butch Bowers, Bowers Law Office, Leighton Lord, Nexsen Pruet, Cathy Novinger, Executive Director, AgriBusiness Council.

Edwards, who had chaired the McKinney campaign, issued the following statement:

"Henry McMaster has served our party, our State and our nation exceptionally well as US Attorney under President Ronald Reagan, Chair of the Republican Party for nine years, and as SC Attorney General.  We enthusiastically endorse his candidacy for Lt. Governor."

In response to these key endorsements, Henry McMaster issued the following statement:

"I am thrilled to receive the strong support of Gov. Edwards and so many South Carolina leaders.  Our team continues to grow stronger every day. This campaign represents an important choice.  I am ready to work with Governor Haley to create jobs, reform the ethics laws, cut taxes and ensure that seniors are safe, secure and happy in their homes.".


JUNE 9, 2014

McMaster for Lt. Governor schedule: Election Day, June 10, 2014

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Henry McMaster’s schedule for Election Day, June 10 includes:

10:00 AM - Mr. McMaster and his family will vote, Lourie Senior Center, 1650 Park Ciricle, Columbia, S.C.

7:00 PM - Mr. McMaster, family and friends will monitor election results at his law office, 1419 Pendleton Street, Columbia, S.C.

Mr. McMaster will address members of the media at his law office on the evening of June 10 to discuss the results of the Republican Primary for Lt. Governor.

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Taillon, or 803-546-3787.


JUNE 2, 2014

McMaster releases plan for
Office on Aging

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Henry McMaster, candidate for Lt. Governor, announced a plan for the Office on Aging. The office of the Lt. Governor currently submits a State Plan on Aging every four years. Current Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell submitted South Carolina’s plan for 2013 — 2017, which went into effect on October 1, 2012. In effort to comply with the law, maintain the significant improvements under current leadership, and provide continuity the current state plan will remain the blue print and baseline for managing the office.

Mr. McMaster has provided a list of additional advocacy goals to improve the lives of South Carolina’s seniors including; tax relief, investigating and prosecuting abuse, mobilizing non-profit resources, promoting physical fitness, senior center modernization, and retirement planning education.

“With the state of South Carolina facing down a Gray Tsunami having a leader who is prepared to take on the challenges facing out state’s seniors and vulnerable adults is critical,” said McMaster for Lt. Governor Campaign Manager Jeff Taillon. “Henry McMaster has the experience required to run the Office on Aging, the conviction to run it well, and the results as a federal and state prosecutor to prove it.”

The McMaster plan for the Office on Aging is available here.


MAY 23, 2014

With your support and generosity, our campaign raised more than $225,000 in less than two months.  And 90% of those donations came from right here in South Carolina.

Henry’s positive message and vision for South Carolina has resonated with people across the state.  We’ve been grateful so many individuals have been willing to make generous donations to help Henry win this important election.  The people of South Carolina clearly understand the importance of these next four years and want a proven leader with the experience required to keep our state moving in the right direction.

Thank you for your kindness and your trust.  Let's keep the momentum going!

- Jeff Taillon, Campaign Manager


MAY 20, 2014

"The clear choice for SC lieutenant governor."

That's the headline in this morning's State newspaper endorsing our campaign.  With just 21 days until we vote, the momentum is building rapidly!

Here's what The State had to say about why they're urging their readers to vote McMaster on June 10...

Two years ago, S.C. voters overwhelmingly voted to let gubernatorial candidates select their running mates, rather than being stuck on the ballot with someone not of their choosing and, oftentimes, in office with a lieutenant governor of a different philosophy.

It was the first of several changes we need to make to our constitution, which was packed with extra statewide elected officials as part of post-Reconstruction leaders’ determination to keep the governor weak, so a black person couldn’t accomplish anything if he managed to get elected.

The Legislature’s refusal to change this is why voters are electing the director of the state Agriculture Department and the state Education Department and the state’s military department, among other functionaries who ought to be appointed by the governor.

Read the entire endorsement here.

MAY 17, 2014

Our new TV ad “Boots” is up and running!

The star of the ad is our 3-year-old bulldog Boots.  He’s our family watchdog… and I’m proud of my record as your watchdog.

I’m proud of my record protecting children from internet predators, putting domestic abusers behind bars where they belong, and fighting the federal government overreach of Obamacare in court.

Now that our ad is about to be airing in households all across South Carolina, there’s something very important I need you to do...

Please take a moment to share our video with 10 other voters.

Encouraging others to watch the video and Join Team Henry is a quick and easy way to help share our vision for the next four years and make sure your neighbors know about my conservative record watching out for taxpayers.

And if you really like our new ad, I hope you’ll click the contribute button below and make a donation, large or small, to help keep it on the air.


MAY 8, 2014

We face a serious challenge this fall.  With out-of-state money and big national Democrats holding fundraisers all over South Carolina, we need your help.

They are coming here and bringing their big government, Washington D.C. ideas with them.  But if we continue to stand together and fight against federal government overreach I know we can withstand their onslaught.

I’ve never been afraid of the federal government and I never back down from a fight.  When they tried to force Obamacare on our citizens I took a stand.  Within six minutes of its passage I had already filed a lawsuit telling the government “NO WAY!"

We aren’t out of the woods yet and there’s something very important you can do to help: Simply share this message with 10 of your friends.

By helping spread the word we can join together and make a difference.

I know I’m the best candidate to stand with Governor Haley and take the fight to the Democrats this fall, and to the federal government and Obamacare when I take office.

MAY 5, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has come back with a decision to allow prayer at the opening of local government meetings. When Great Falls was sued for this very issue Henry McMaster stood up for the people of South Carolina against the ACLU. At the time he had this to say:

“If the ACLU sues you, call me up. We’ll defend you. We’ll help you,” said former Attorney General Henry McMaster. “One day I believe that the United States Supreme Court will recognize that they’ve gone off the deep end with their rulings against prayer. And they will come back to realize that the Constitution of the State and of the United States provides that people have a Freedom of Religion. That means they can pray wherever they want to however they want to.”

On hearing the U.S. Supreme Court decision Mr. McMaster said, “This decision has been a long time coming. We fought off these frivolous lawsuits on behalf of South Carolina time and again on this very issue. We don’t need the ACLU, federal government or anyone else interfering with South Carolinians fundamental right to Freedom of Religion.”

To learn more about the situation in Great Falls click here.

To learn more about the U.S. Supreme Courts decision to uphold prayer at government meetings please reference this article on USA Today.

MAY 1, 2014

Henry joined the Bryan Crabtree Show on Wednesday to talk about his run for Lt. Governor. Here are few excerpts from his interview:

“Everyone in the whole country is watching what’s happening here in South Carolina. The movement, the ideology, the technology, the innovation, all the things that are happening in this state are putting us on the map and we need to be a model and a leader for the rest of the country, but it’s going to take leadership, handwork and experience.”

“I love this state. I think it’s the best place on earth and we need to make it even better.”

The Grey Tsunami

“The more that we can do to keep our seniors citizens at home healthy, happy and secure the better off everybody will be. So we need to use existing resources through collaboration and organization and there are a lot of these institutions churches, civic groups, and others that are there to help those people.”

“Something I’d like to see have as a part of the Office on Aging is a memorandum of understanding with the Attorney General for prosecuting elder abuse and fraud.”

“If we can find a way through cutting taxes to take some of the financial pressure off of our older citizens, who’ve been paying taxes all their life and are inches from having to sell their homes, that would do a lot of good.”

Ethics Reform

“People from around the country are looking for places to go, places to invest, and places to bring businesses if they think that the government here is dishonest, corrupt, or incompetent they’ll go somewhere else.”

“Governor Haley appointed me along with Attorney General Travis Medlock to head up the South Carolina Commission on Ethics Reform and we produced what is considered an excellent blue print for the future.”

“We have to have a system where the legislatures are not judging themselves. There needs to be an independent Ethics Commission and at the very least the sources of income need to be disclosed.”

“All across the country today people have lost confidence in their government. From the Presidency, to the Congress, all the way down, the public has lost faith in their government they think they’re corrupt, they think think they’re incompetent, and they think they’re irrelevant to their lives.”

Economic Development

“All of the economic growth is centered here in the South East. We have it in our capacity to be a leader in economic growth and innovation. These next four years are critical or we will be outcompeted by our neighboring states.”

Federal Government Overreach

“We told the President that if they passed Obamacare and it include the individual mandate, which was unconstitutional, we will sue immediately. They passed it and six minutes later we filed a lawsuit. It went to the Supreme Court and we won the right for the Governor to turn down the expansion of Medicaid.”

APRIL 30, 2014

McMaster Issues Statement on Senior Hunger Day Resolution

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Taillon @ 803-546-3787

COLUMBIA, SC — Henry McMaster, a candidate for South Carolina Lt. Governor, on Wednesday issued the following statement on the concurrent resolution recognizing May 9 as "Senior Hunger Day":

"I thank Lt. Governor McConnell, Representative Hamilton, the AARP and all those involved for their leadership on this important issue.

"It is a sobering reality that our state ranks near the bottom nationally in dealing with senior-adult hunger.  As the Grey Tsunami bears down on South Carolina, we must continue to do better.  That means coming up with creative ways to assist our state's seniors without further impacting the taxpayers' bottom line.

"Senior Hunger Day is not only an opportunity for us to collect and deliver food to disadvantaged seniors, but it is a challenge to us all to chip in what we can to help those in need.

"By pooling resources from the business community, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and others, we can address this issue in a fiscally responsible and effective manner.

"I know South Carolina is full of gracious people willing to help their neighbors and I believe in the people of this state.  Peggy and I will be leaving non-perishable food next to our mailbox on May 9 and will encourage our family and friends to do the same."

APRIL 29, 2014

South Carolina is a beautiful place filled with wonderful people.

The next four years are critical and no one is more prepared to meet the challenges we face than my Dad, Henry McMaster.  He is running for Lt. Governor and I made this video so that you can get to know him a little better.

I hope you like the video and share it with your family and friends.

By working together we can ensure that we have an experienced and qualified leader as our Lt. Governor.  I might be a little biased, but the best man for the job is my Dad, Henry McMaster.  He believes in South Carolina!

Thanks for your support.


Mary Rogers McMaster

APRIL 16, 2014

Statement from McMaster for Lt. Governor in reaction to Winthrop Poll

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Jeff Taillon, 803-546-3787,

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Henry McMaster for Lieutenant Governor issued the following statement in reaction to the most recent Winthrop Poll, which shows nearly one in five South Carolinians has a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and more than one in four currently care or financially support a family member who is in poor or declining health due to age related physical or mental issues:

“This poll confirms that a 'Grey Tsunami' is bearing down on us. More and more of our seniors and their families are unable to meet these challenges alone and a costly and broken Medicaid system is not the answer,” said McMaster for Lt. Governor Campaign Manager Jeff Taillon. “Henry is the experienced and proven leader who can ensure from day one that our Office on Aging is the first line of defense for these families.”


MARCH 27, 2014

McMaster Files for Lt. Gov.

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Adam Fogle @ 803-394-3006

COLUMBIA, SC — Former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster officially filed Thursday as a Republican candidate for Lt. Governor.  In an online video announcement McMaster said, "For this job, experience really does matter.”

In addition to serving eight years as Attorney General, McMaster gained national attention when President Ronald Reagan chose him as his first U.S. Attorney.  In that job, McMaster led a crackdown on corruption and drug trafficking.  He later became State Republican Party Chairman and led the SCGOP through a period of historic growth.

With a strong record in both the public and private sectors, McMaster said he brings to the race "a unique mix of experience and proven results."  In announcing his decision to offer as a candidate for Lt. Governor, McMaster issued the following statement:


Experience Matters

"The next four years will be critical to our state’s political, economic and cultural future.  I love South Carolina and I want to help create a future of progress and prosperity.

"As Lt. Governor, I plan to be a strong voice for conservative reform in State government.  I’ll be ready on day one to preside over the work of the State Senate.  It takes experience in State government and knowledge of the law to do a good job.

"After four years of Barack Obama, I think we’ve learned that on-the-job-training is not always a good idea.  For the job of Lt. Governor, qualifications really matter.

"I’m also ready to address the growing challenges faced by our state’s seniors and adults with disabilities.  At the present rate, South Carolina’s senior population will double by the year 2030.

"I’ve discussed this issue in detail with my friend Glenn McConnell, our current Lt. Governor.  He is making wonderful progress in developing plans and strategies to deal with the aging crisis.  And I am prepared to follow in his footsteps.

"Finally, I’m ready to work with Governor Haley and the conservative leaders of the State Legislature to protect taxpayers, grow our economy, create new jobs and build a tomorrow we can all be proud of.

"That’s why I’m running as a conservative Republican for Lt. Governor and I ask for your support.”

The Republican Primary will be held Tuesday, June 10.  Learn more about Henry McMaster at HenryMcMaster.comView the entire video announcement on YouTube.

Back to top

Stay Connected:

Paid for by McMaster for Governor  •  P.O. Box 11063  •  Columbia, SC 29211