Profile Photo
Henry McMasterREPRepublican Governor
Years of Age
Years of Experience
SCResidence (state)

Henry Dargan McMaster (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician and attorney serving as the 117th governor of South Carolina since 2017. He served as the 91st lieutenant governor of South Carolina from 2015 to 2017 under governor Nikki Haley and became governor upon Haley's resignation on January 24, 2017. He is a member of the Republican Party. McMaster worked for U.S. senator Strom Thurmond, both in private practice and as a federal prosecutor. Appointed United States attorney for the District of South Carolina by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, he gained attention for investigating South Carolina marijuana smugglers in Operation Jackpot. McMaster was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in South Carolina in 1986, losing to incumbent Democrat Fritz Hollings. He was then defeated for lieutenant governor of South Carolina by Democrat Nick Theodore in 1990. McMaster chaired the South Carolina Republican Party from 1993 to 2002. He was elected attorney general of South Carolina in 2002 and reelected in 2006. In 2010, McMaster ran for governor but lost to Nikki Haley in the Republican primary.

Voterly's Issue Scores  (1 - 3 of 3)

Below lists the position this politician has taken on a political issue. The star rating represents the politician's prioritization and action on the issue based on data collected by relevant interest groups. Select an issue to view a more in-depth explanation of each rating.

Special Interest Group Ratings

Interest Groups That SUPPORT
Interest Groups That OPPOSE
Average Score

Disclaimer: A special interest group's positions on issues are gathered from various reputable sources including the organization's website, social media accounts, press releases, and other public communications. Special interest group politician ratings are provided by Positions and ratings are subject to change and we may experience delays, interruptions, or errors, as a result. If you believe this information is inaccurate, please submit a problem report. Submit Report.

0 / 3
Education5 - 5 of 3
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
University of South Carolina School of Law
University of South Carolina
BA History
Past Positions1 - 12 of 12
State of South Carolina
2017 - Current
Lieutenant Governor
State of South Carolina
2014 - 2017
South Carolina State Senate
2014 - 2017
Attorney General
State of South Carolina
2002 - 2011
Henry McMaster
2011 - Current
Securities Commissioner of South Carolina
United States Attorney
District of South Carolina
1981 - 1985
United States Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps
1969 - 1975
Legislative Assistant
United States Senator Strom Thurmond
1973 - 1974
Former Attorney
Tompkins and McMaster
Senior Advisor
University of South Carolina
United States Attorney General’s Advisory Committee
Other Experience1 - 10 of 10
First Presbyterian Church of Columbia
South Carolina Policy Council
1991 - 2003
South Carolina Republican Party
1993 - 2002
Republican National Committee
1993 - 2002
South Carolina Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee
1981 - 1985
Former Member
Palmetto Health Foundation Board
Former Member
Board of Directors, South Carolina State Ports Authority
Former Member
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Columbia Rotary Club
Saint Andrews Society