Follow the leader: Henry McMaster
November 1, 2005
On November 5, 2002, Henry McMaster was elected as South Carolina's Attorney General. In office he has stood for South Carolina children against Internet predators and given attention to domestic violence in South Carolina.
McMaster's preparation for Attorney General includes a law degree from the University of South Carolina, work as Senator Strom Thurmond's Legislative Assistant, work under Ronald Reagan as United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, and Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party.
Henry and his wife have two children and attend the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
SCHeadlines asked the Attorney General to take a few minutes to answer several, simple questions.
SCH: What type of vehicle do you drive?
HM: Ford Crown Victoria.
SCH: Do you have any pets?
HM: Two English Bulldogs. One is named "Barnwell" and the other is his son Barnwell Jr.
SCH: Where did you grow up?
HM: Columbia, South Carolina.
SCH: Sum up your childhood in one sentence?
HM: I am happy to have grown up in South Carolina in a wonderful time.
SCH: What's your favorite movie?
HM: One Eyed Jacks (1961) starring Marlon Brando.
SCH: Could you share with us one of your most memorable moments in politics?
HM: Election night 2002 when I was elected Attorney General.
SCH: Wat do you believe to be the most influential book you have ever read?
HM: The Bible.
SCH: Who would you consider to be your mentor?
HM: My father. Also, another mentor is E. Fleming Mason, former Director of the South
Carolina Highway Patrol and longtime FBI agent.
SCH: Which historical leader do you try to emulate most and why?
HM: Ronald Reagan. Because he understood his goals and moved with force to achieve them.
SCH: Which historical leader fascinates you the most and why?
HM: I am fascinated with George Washington's ability to be a magnificent leader in
various roles under impossible circumstances.
SCH: What are the best characteristics a person can possess?
HM: Integrity, ability, balance, loyalty, and diligence.
SCH: How would you define success in life?
HM: Obeying the Golden Rule.
SCH: What makes South Carolina great?
HM: South Carolina is great because of its people, natural heritage, and history.
SCH: How would you define success for South Carolina?
HM: Providing a safe, clean place to live, work, and rear a family.
SCH: What do you see at the hurdles the next generation of South Carolinians will face?
HM: Maintaining our unique Southern culture and heritage while prospering economically.
SCH: What advice do you have for South Carolina's future leaders?
HM: Take earnest and unabashed pride in the greatness of this state and stand tall for
what you believe is right.