Here’s what you need to know about Ralph Norman, the winner of the June 20th special election in South Carolina.
Ralph Norman, a former member of South Carolina’s House of Representatives defeated Archie Parnell to represent South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 20. The seat had been vacated by Mick Mulvaney (R), who left Congress to serve as President Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Although the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District held the same day attracted far more national attention, Mr. Norman’s victory represented another tally in the win column for the Republicans in 2017 congressional special elections.
Here are some things you need to know about the congressional newcomer from South Carolina.
Owns ‘Warren Norman Company Inc.’
The company was founded by his father, Warren Norman Sr., in 1948. The firm initially built homes and neighborhoods in Rock Hill, S.C but soon added commercial real estate to its interests in the 1970’s. Ralph Norman and several other members of his family joined the company in 1975. Nearing the start of the 21st century, the company shifted its attention to commercial development. The company claims to have holdings of over 1 million square feet of commercial space
Described as Being Fiscally Conservative and Pro-Trump
Mr. Norman represented the 48th District in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2008 to 2017. He resigned and launched his congressional bid, stating at the time: “I think its unfair to take a paycheck from the taxpayers while I am still running.” He put forward conservative proposals including term limits, a border wall, and finding an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.
The fiscally conservative group, South Carolina Club for Growth gave Mr. Norman an A-rating in its 2015-2016 scorecard.
Mr. Norman voted against an infrastructure bill to address issues with South Carolina’s roads, stating: “We need to reform DOT before we throw a bucket of money at them.”
During his tenure as a state legislator, he voted for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State House following the shooting of African-American church-goers in Charleston.
Mr. Norman also supports gun rights and voted in favor of a bill that allowed South Carolinians in possession of concealed carry permits to bring their weapons to eating establishments so long as they do not consume alcohol while there.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) encouraged voters to keep the 5th district in Republican hands: “We have an historic opportunity before us in Congress. Help us take advantage of it by electing Ralph Norman in South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District so we have the reinforcements we need to repeal Obamacare, enact major regulatory reform, and pass fundamental tax reform.”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) also lent his support: “Ralph Norman knows how important it is to stand with taxpayers against the big government special interests.” Mr. Walker stressed Mr. Norman’s successes in both the public and private sectors.
Mr. Norman is poised to join the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. His victory signaled further momentum for the Republican Party as it captured its fourth special election victory for congressional seats vacated by Trump administration appointees.