South Carolina Native Officially Elected Governor
Henry Dargan McMaster, Sr. (Rho–South Carolina ’67), who was already serving as governor of South Carolina due to a succession, has been formally elected to the office.
With a long record of public service to South Carolina, McMaster was already occupying the governor’s office before the election, as he had succeeded to the office from the role of lieutenant governor when Governor Nikki Haley resigned to become the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He then won the election for a full four-year term in the 2018 gubernatorial election after defeating another KA brother from the same chapter, James Smith (Rho–South Carolina ’87). The son of former state representative John Gregg McMaster, McMaster served two years as lieutenant governor, eight years as attorney general, and four years as a U.S. attorney.
As lieutenant governor, McMaster served as president of the South Carolina State Senate and headed the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, which aids older adults with social, economic and health needs. As an attorney, he is admitted to practice in all courts, state and federal, in South Carolina, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He was named “Public Servant of the Year” by the Sierra Club and “National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the Humane Society of the United States.
Columbia, South Carolina native McMaster received his bachelor’s degree in history in 1969 from the University of South Carolina and his JD degree in 1973 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the JAG Corps from 1969 to 1975. McMaster and his wife Peggy have two children.