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Environmental Stewardship 

In 2019, I received the "Green Tie Award" as most-outstanding legislator from the Conservation Voters of South Carolina, and in March 2020, the CVSC endorsed my candidacy for reelection to the South Carolina Senate for District 46, which includes portions of Beaufort and Jasper counties.  CVSC’s endorsement letter notes that my “leadership on clean energy has been nothing short of outstanding,” and that my legislative successes include:

  • Introducing and shepherding the Energy Freedom Act across the finish line

  • Introducing legislation to expand solar access for customers statewide

  • Holding the Public Service Commission accountable for their decisions

  • Championing energy market reform

  • Standing strong against offshore drilling

  • Fighting against rolling back citizens’ rights to a clean and healthy environment

  • Holding polluters accountable and ending solid-waste loopholes

Also, in December 2019, I was chosen by the South Carolina Sierra Club to receive its Legislator of the Year Award, with the Club noting: "We are grateful for your efforts at the State House and consider you a friend of the Club. Under your leadership, we recently made significant changes to the regulation and oversight of energy development and distribution in South Carolina. We greatly appreciate your hard work in championing the Energy Freedom Act and heralding the advancement of solar power in our state, among other conservation issues. Thank you for being a true public servant."   

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