February 23, 2024

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This week, I continued to celebrate Black History Month, writing an op-ed detailing the financial barriers Black Americans face in accessing the capital required to start and build businesses and highlighting my proposed solutions. I also recognized National FFA Organization Week and celebrated all the FFA does to foster the next generation of leaders. It is only fitting that we set aside time to honor those to whom honor is due and celebrate the people who make our nation the greatest on Earth!

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 

Psalm 19:7

The Week In Review

Raising the Next Generation of Leaders

For nearly a century, the National FFA Organization has invested in thousands of young South Carolinians because they recognize that today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders.

To commemorate the contributions that the National FFA Organization has made to positively impact the lives of South Carolina’s students, I supported a resolution designating February 17th – February 24th, 2024, as National FFA Organization Week. I’m proud to celebrate the National FFA Organization for all it does to support the growth and education of the next generation.

Read more about the FFA Week resolution here.

South Carolina Celebrates Black History Month


February is Black History Month. As America continues to celebrate the rich history and enduring contributions of African Americans, I’m pleased to share a video highlighting the Clemson Area African American Museum (CAAAM). The CAAAM gives folks the opportunity to come and learn about the vibrant African American history in the Upstate and ensures we can preserve their stories for generations to come. 

Watch the video in full here

Fighting Electric Vehicle Mandates

This week, I joined a letter urging the Biden administration to withdraw the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule, which serves as a de facto mandate for electric vehicles. South Carolinians are already struggling to survive record inflation and stagnant wages. Thisburdensome regulation will only make life harder and more expensive for folks in the Palmetto State. I will continue to stand against the EPA’s unpractical and heavy-handed regulations because Americans deserve better. 

Read more about our letter to the Biden administration here.

Making Waves

Fox Business:  I started my own business and that opportunity should be open to everyone

As we celebrate Black History Month, we should make sure this month isn’t solely about highlighting contributions of the past. It’s also important to have conversations about the future, and one pivotal topic that should be included in our discussion is how we ensure minority communities and businesses have access to capital and opportunity.

Here’s an excerpt from my op-ed: “Growing up the son of a single mother, mired in poverty in North Charleston, South Carolina, I didn’t know if opportunity would ever come knocking. Thankfully, by the grace of God, my mother’s love, and some hard work, I learned to go knock on opportunity’s door instead. While poverty touches people from diverse backgrounds, people who look like me are far more likely to feel its impact. Which is why, as we celebrate Black History Month, we must focus on expanding and improving our free-market system to ensure all Americans have both the access and opportunity to share in our country’s economic success.”

Read my full op-ed in Fox Business here

Palmetto Pride

This week, I’m spilling the sweet tea on Rosenwald School, a rural historical treasure in St. George, South Carolina. Booker T. Washington, an American icon, helped build this school, along with thousands of others, to educate Black children across the South. The Lowcountry community recently restored Rosenwald School, and I’m proud to recognize all they’ve done to cement Washington's legacy and inspire future generations with the giants of our past! 

Read more about Rosenwald School here!

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