Today, State Representative Bill Sandifer announced that he will run for re-election to the SC House. 

Sandifer, a Republican, has represented Oconee County’s District 2 since 1994. He is a retired small-business owner who, for the last several years, has been able to focus on public service full-time. He and his wife Sandra live in Seneca. 

“It is a tremendous privilege and honor to represent the citizens of District 2,” Sandifer said. “As South Carolina continues to emerge from the recession, there are many serious issues before the Legislature that ultimately will shape the future of our state. I am running for re-election because now, more than ever, Oconee County needs a strong voice in the House who will stand up for job creation, better schools, efficient government, and our quality of life.” 

In 2009, Sandifer was selected by his fellow House members to serve as chairman of the Labor, Commerce, and Industry Committee (LCI), which addresses all business-related issues for the state. Sandifer was re-elected LCI Chair in 2011. 

Additionally, Sandifer serves as vice chairman of the Public Utility Review Committee, and on the Review and Oversight Commission on the State Ports Authority. He is also the South Carolina legislator appointed to the Southern States Energy Board, a 50 year-old organization that works to promote economic development and enhance quality of life through innovations in energy and environmental policy. 

Sandifer says his priorities include:

Job creation. Creating a strong business climate in South Carolina, so that the private sector can grow and create new jobs. Encouraging small business growth and entrepreneurial activity to help put more South Carolinians back to work. 

Better schools. Making education a top priority in South Carolina to help our students realize their full potential and to build a future workforce.

Fiscal responsibility. Keeping government spending in check and reducing the tax burden on families.

Limited government. Protecting individual freedoms.

Protecting quality of life. Preserving our natural resources. Ensuring South Carolina and Oconee County remain great places to live and work.

In Sandifer’s hometown of Seneca, he is an active community leader and the former owner and operator of Seneca Mortuary. He and his wife Sandra have four children and four grandchildren and are members of St. Mark United Methodist Church. Before his tenure in the S.C. General Assembly, Sandifer served his country, spending two decades as a member of the S.C. National Guard and retiring with the ranking of major. 

Sandifer notes that he chose to begin his re-election bid and file on the first possible day to show his eagerness to continue serving the people of his area.

“I am energized and dedicated to continue working hard to find common-sense solutions to the challenges facing our state and community,” Sandifer said. “I will keep fighting to make South Carolina an even better place for our children and grandchildren.”