Ralph Norman

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Ralph Norman
Ralph Norman official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th district
Assumed office
June 26, 2017
Preceded by Mick Mulvaney
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 48th district
In office
November 3, 2009 – February 16, 2017
Preceded by Carl Gullick
Succeeded by Bruce Bryant
In office
January 2005 – January 2007
Preceded by Becky Richardson
Succeeded by Carl Gullick
Personal details
Born Ralph Warren Norman Jr.
(1953-06-20) June 20, 1953 (age 65)
Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elaine Rice
Children 4
Education Presbyterian College (BS)
Website House website

Ralph Warren Norman Jr. (born June 20, 1953) is an American real estate developer, politician, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 5th congressional district. He served as a Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.[1] In February 2017, Norman vacated his seat to launch a U.S. congressional bid.[2] Norman defeated Archie Parnell 51.1% to 47.9% in the South Carolina's 5th congressional district special election, 2017.

Early life and career

He was born in York County, South Carolina, and currently resides in Rock Hill, where he is a real estate developer at the Warren Norman Company, a business founded by and named after Norman's father. He and his wife, Elaine have 4 children and 16 grandchildren.[citation needed]

South Carolina House of Representatives

In 2004, Norman was elected to serve District 48 in the South Carolina House of Representatives, winning a three-way Republican primary outright with 52% of the vote. After one term, Norman chose not to run for reelection so he could become the 2006 Republican candidate in an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Congress in South Carolina's South Carolina's 5th congressional district against John Spratt.[3]

On November 3, 2009, Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Kathy Cantrell in a special election to reclaim his old seat.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

Norman during his 2017 campaign

2017 special election

In December 2016, Norman announced that he would run for the United States House of Representatives for South Carolina's 5th congressional district seat of Mick Mulvaney, who joined the Trump administration, in the 2017 special election.[5]

On May 16, 2017, Norman won a runoff election against Tommy Pope for the Republican nomination for the 5th congressional seat of South Carolina. Norman defeated Pope by only 200 votes, with Norman tallying 17,755 votes, and Pope receiving 17,552 votes. Norman faced the Democratic nominee, Archie Parnell, in the June 20, 2017 special election, which he narrowly won with 51% of the vote. .[6]

During the primary video surfaced of floor debate between Ralph Norman and challenger Tommy Pope discussing a bill to allow police officers to be treated for PTSD under Worker's Compensation. Ralph Norman stated, "Any one of us could get a crayon and coloring book and start coloring and chewing on the desk and we would be deemed mentally incompetent and we would get paid – there would be no ending to it.” [7]

Norman hired Walter Whetsell and Le Frye of Starboard Communications, Harris Media and Rory McShane to guide his campaign.

Tenure

Norman was sworn into office on June 26, 2017.[8] Norman has joined the Republican Study Committee.[9]

Committee assignments

References

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  2. Marchant, Bristow (2017-02-16). "SC legislator resigns seat to run in special 5th District congressional race". The State. Retrieved 2017-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Lyman, Rick (April 14, 2006). "Seeing Plausible Target, Republicans Take Aim at a Democratic Seat in South Carolina". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Norman Returned To SC State House | FITSNews". FITSNews. November 4, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Marchant, Bristow (2017-02-02). "What happens after SC's Mulvaney gets Trump's budget job?". The State. Retrieved 2017-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Election Results: Norman Advances in Race for South Carolina's Fifth Congressional District". The New York Times. May 19, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Watch: Candidate for Mulvaney's Congressional Seat Mocked Injured Cops". IJR - Independent Journal Review. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2017-06-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Dumain, Emma (June 26, 2017). "South Carolina U.S. House Delegation Now Complete with Swearing-In of Republican Ralph Norman". The Post and Courier. Retrieved June 28, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

South Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by
Becky Richardson
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 48th district

2005–2007
Succeeded by
Carl Gullick
Preceded by
Carl Gullick
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 48th district

2009–2017
Succeeded by
Bruce Bryant
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mick Mulvaney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th congressional district

2017–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Karen Handel
United States Representatives by seniority
430th
Succeeded by
John Curtis