A Tradition of Service

James was raised in a tradition of service. For seven generations, his family has been part of South Carolina, helping to build a state where everyone has the opportunity to live a better life.  From before the American Revolution, they established a tradition of service which James Smith continues.

James first sought election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996 because he wanted to make a difference.  He still holds that commitment stating that “there are two requirements to this job:  to listen to the people of District 72 and to work hard to respond to their needs and concerns.  That’s the way government is supposed to work. Working for and representing the people of my district and South Carolina is my goal – first, last and always.”  

In addition to his law practice and his service in the South Carolina House of Representatives, James also serves in the U.S. Armed Forces. An officer of eight years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. (JAG) of the South Carolina National Guard, James resigned and re-enlisted after 9-11 to pursue a commission as an Infantry Officer. Currently a Captain, he recently returned for deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

James has also served on various non-profit boards and has volunteered with numerous civic groups including serving as Chair for the Public Policy Committee of the United Ways’ Success By 6 initiative, SC First Steps, Prevent Child Abuse, SC.  He currently serves on the Board of the Alston Wilkes Society.

James credits his strong family with shaping his outlook. “My grandparents and parents taught us that everyone has responsibility to improve the community.  If we share in the privileges, we must share in the burdens. We must repay the community for the opportunities we have received.”

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