William Timmons
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William Timmons
William Timmons
William Timmons, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district

January 3, 2019
Trey Gowdy
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 6th district

November 14, 2016 - November 9, 2018
Mike Fair
Dwight Loftis
Personal details

(1984-04-30) April 30, 1984 (age 36)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Sarah Timmons
(m. 2019)
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
University of South Carolina (MA, JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Branch/serviceSouth Carolina Air National Guard
Years of service2018-present
RankFirst Lieutenant

William Richardson Timmons IV (born April 30, 1984) is an American attorney, entrepreneur, and politician from South Carolina. He is the United States representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district. The district is located in the heart of the Upstate and includes Greenville, Spartanburg, and most of those cities' suburbs.

He served as a state senator in the South Carolina Senate from the 6th district from 2016 to 2018. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1][2]

Early life and education

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Timmons attended George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, where he earned a degree in international affairs and political science. He earned a Juris Doctor and a master's degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina. He is a lifelong member of Christ Church in Greenville, and serves as a first lieutenant in the South Carolina Air National Guard. Timmons is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity at New York University. On July 17, 2019, he married his wife, Sarah, on the balcony of the Capitol. Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina officiated.[3]

Early career

Timmons spent four years working for the 13th Circuit solicitor's office. In this role, Timmons focused on serving victims of domestic violence and helped create one central court for all domestic violence cases in Greenville County.[4]

A small business owner, Timmons owns Swamp Rabbit CrossFit and Soul Yoga, and he previously operated the law firm Timmons & Company, LLC.

In 2016, Timmons challenged longtime state senator Mike Fair in the Republican primary for a Greenville-area district. He finished first in the primary with 49.5 percent of the vote, fewer than 100 votes shy of winning the nomination outright.[5] He then defeated Fair in the runoff with 65 percent of the vote,[6] and faced no major-party opposition in the November general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives


2018 general election

Timmons was elected in the 2018 mid-term election to replace retiring Republican incumbent Trey Gowdy in South Carolina's 4th congressional district: his campaign slogan was "Washington is broken."[8][9] On June 10, 2018, Timmons placed second in a 13-candidate primary-the real contest in this heavily Republican district-receiving 19.2% of the vote. On June 28, 2018, Timmons defeated former state senator Lee Bright in the runoff, receiving 54.2% of the vote to become the Republican nominee. He did not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; South Carolina state senators serve four-year terms that run concurrently with presidential elections.

Timmons went on to face Brandon Brown in the November general election. Timmons defeated Brown, receiving 59.5% of the vote.[10][11] Timmons became one of the youngest U.S. representatives from South Carolina since 1972.[12]


Timmons was sworn into office on January 3, 2019 in the midst of a government shutdown. He cosponsored legislation to require Congress to balance the budget, defund Planned Parenthood, support Gold Star Families, strengthen national defense, and promote school choice. [13]

Timmons serves on the Financial Services Committee, where he introduced legislation seeking to counter China's efforts to expand its 5G influence in countries receiving assistance from international financial institutions. He was elected by his classmates to represent the freshman class on the Republican Steering Committee. [14]

He introduced legislation proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve (H.J.Res.86). [15]

Trump Impeachment

Timmons has shown support for President Donald Trump during the Democratic-controlled house impeachment process, quoted as saying about the whole process, "It is very, very, very broken" (referring to his 2018 campaign slogan "Washington is broken"). He followed that by saying he thought the process would be fair in the Senate and cast the opposition to impeachment as "bipartisan."[16]

Committee assignments

Electoral history

South Carolina's 4th Congressional District, 2018[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Timmons 145,321 59.57
Democratic Brandon Brown 89,182 36.56
American Guy Furay 9,203 3.77
N/A Write-Ins 244 0.10
Margin of victory 56,139 23.01
Total votes 243,950 100.0
Republican hold
Republican primary runoff results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Timmons 37,096 54.29
Republican Lee Bright 31,236 45.71
Total votes 68,332 100.0
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Bright 16,742 24.95
Republican William Timmons 12,885 19.21
Republican Dan Hamilton 12,494 18.62
Republican Josh Kimbrell 7,465 11.13
Republican James Epley 5,386 8.03
Republican Stephen Brown 5,078 7.57
Republican Shannon Pierce 2,442 3.64
Republican Mark Burns 1,662 2.48
Republican Claude Schmid 1,414 2.11
Republican Dan Albert 510 0.76
Republican John Marshall Mosser 457 0.68
Republican Justin David Sanders 354 0.53
Republican Barry Bell 200 0.3
Total votes 67,089 100.0
South Carolina State Senate, District 6 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Timmons 31,732 85.10
Constitution Roy G. Magnuson 5,556 14.90
Total votes 37,288 100.0
South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Republican Primary Runoff, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Timmons 6,244 65.30
Republican Michael Fair 3,318 34.70
Total votes 9,562 100.0
South Carolina State Senate, District 6 Republican Primary, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael Fair 3,578 36.30
Republican William Timmons 4,880 49.51
Republican Johnny Edwards 1,399 14.19
Total votes 9,857 100.0


  1. ^ "William Timmons". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "William Timmons". SC State House website. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ LaFleur, Elizabeth. "Rep. William Timmons marries on Senate balcony as Sen. Tim Scott officiates". www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/2019/08/02/congressman-greenville-sc-native-william-timmons-married-tim-scott/1898854001/. Greenville News. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "William Timmons for Congress".
  5. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=816827
  6. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=819455
  7. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=816782
  8. ^ Lovegrove, Jamie (May 5, 2018). "In crowded GOP primary to replace Trey Gowdy, conservatives vie for Trump voters". The Post & Courier. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ jlovegrove@postandcourier.com, Jamie Lovegrove. "SC's 7 congressmen split along party lines as House votes to impeach Trump". Post and Courier. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "South Carolina Election Results: Fourth House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  11. ^ contact@scytl.com, scytl. "Election Night Reporting". www.enr-scvotes.org. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "William Timmons moves into Trey Gowdy's seat in SC's 4th Congressional District". The Greenville News. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Rep. Timmons Cosponsors his First Legislation".
  14. ^ "Timmons Introduces Bill to Counter China's Efforts to Expand 5G Influence".
  15. ^ "H.J.Res.86 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit the number of consecutive terms that a Member of Congress may serve".
  16. ^ jlovegrove@postandcourier.com, Jamie Lovegrove. "SC's 7 congressmen split along party lines as House votes to impeach Trump". Post and Courier. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Unofficial Results". 2018 Statewide General Elections November 6, 2018. South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)

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South Carolina Senate
Preceded by
Mike Fair
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 6th district

Succeeded by
Dwight Loftis
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Trey Gowdy

from South Carolina's 4th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Van Taylor
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Rashida Tlaib

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