BREAKING: Connor Announces Campaign Steering Committee

January 27, 2014


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Orangeburg, SC – Orangeburg attorney and Afghanistan combat veteran Bill Connor today released  some of the key supporters who make up what his US Senate campaign is calling a statewide steering committee. The list includes leaders and activists from Republican, Conservative, and TEA Party organizations as well as leaders who have distinguished military backgrounds.

Commenting on the steering committee list, Connor said, “As our campaign continues to grow so has the depth and breadth of our support. This steering committee demonstrates a growing consensus that I am the best qualified candidate capable of running the most effective campaign to defeat Lindsey Graham.” Connor continued, “Although our campaign is relatively young, entering the race just before Thanksgiving, we have already attracted a significant number of supporters and donors.”

Connor is running for the GOP nomination for the US Senate seat currently held by Lindsey Graham.

Though new members continue to be added, the current steering committee list is below:


Stephen Brown – Greenville, Former County GOP Chairman


Lt. General (Ret.) Colby Broadwater – Charleston, President of the American College of the Building Arts


Major General (Ret.) Paul Vallely – 8 year Fox News Military Analyst, Founder of Stand Up America


Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Bill Cowan -12 year Fox News military analyst, Vietnam Veteran


Becky Risher -Beaufort, Veterans Leader


Victor Webster – Florence, Pee Dee Business Leader


Dean Fowler – Florence, County Treasurer


Nikki Trawick – Columbia, Conservative activist
Maj. (Ret.) Rhame Sumter, Former County GOP Ex. Committee Member, Vietnam Veteran


Christina Jeffery – Spartanburg, Former 4th District GOP Congressional Candidate, Professor at Wofford College


Jim Pratt – Columbia, Former 6th District GOP Congressional Nominee


Bill Hancock – West Columbia, Midlands Business Leader


Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Ken Glasson – Mt. Pleasant, City Councilman, 2010 GOP Congressional Candidate


Jim Ulmer – Orangeburg, County GOP Chairman


Tammy Shoffstall – Tega Cay, York County GOP Activist


Lt. Colonel (Ret.) John Nelson – Gaston, Calhoun County Council Member


Laura Best – Myrtle Beach, Founding member of (CRG) Conservatives for Responsible Government


Bren Gibson – North Myrtle Beach, President of (CRG) Conservatives for Responsible Government


Maj. General (Ret.) John B. Allen – Columbia, American Legion Commander


Javan Browder – Taylors, Upstate Conservative Activist, Managing Editor of The South Carolina Conservative Dot Com and The Conservative Fifty Dot Com


Chuck Collins – North Myrtle Beach, Horry County Executive Committeeman


Larry Bateman – Spartanburg, Former County GOP Vice – Chairman


W. Thomas Smith – Columbia, Columnist, Author, Military Analyst, former U.S. Marine Corps


Curtis Stewart – Columbia, State Business Leader


Trevor Loudon – International Speaker, Author of Enemies Within


Roy Lindsey – Orangeburg, County GOP Executive Committee


Krista Cogdill – Greenville, Former GOP candidate for Lt. Governor in 2010


Gregory Day Shorey III – Belton, Upstate Business leader


Daniel J. Cassidy – Columbia, Senior Appointee in the Administrations of Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush


Bio: Bill Connor – of Orangeburg SC is an Attorney, a decorated Army Reserve LT. Colonel, and is an expert in counterinsurgency combat.  Connor spent 12 years (1990 – 2002) of full time service as an Airborne Ranger, holding various commands such as Ranger Company Commander and General’s Aide.

Since leaving full time service, Connor has continued to serve in the National Guard (2003 – 2008) and has served in the Army Reserve 2008 – present for a total of 23 years of military service.

Connor volunteered for combat duty in Afghanistan where he served as Senior US Advisor in Helmand Province and American military liaison to British forces in Afghanistan. For his service during deployment, Connor was awarded the Bronze Star. He currently is Director of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (ILE) in S.C., and is a member of the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team.

Connor, along with partner W. Thomas Smith Jr. founded National Defense Consultants LLC, a partnership providing clients with military analysis ranging from geostrategy to special operations; counterterrorism; ground, Naval, and air combat; military leadership and military law. Connor is also the author of the book “Articles from War”

Connor is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree.  He is an attorney and Law Partner for “Horger and Connor, LLC where he has earned an “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest peer evaluation rating of ethics and ability for an attorney practicing law in the United States.

Connor is a former candidate for S.C. Lieutenant Governor (making the runoff election in the Republican primary 2010.) Connor also served as National Security Advisor for presidential candidate and GOP nominee runner-up Rick Santorum and recently served as GOP Chairman for South Carolina’s sixth district.

Connor lives in Orangeburg with his wife Susan and their children Peyton, Brenna, and Will. Susan is a board certified Ob-Gyn doctor in private practice and owner of “Connor’s Healthcare For Women”, who earned her undergraduate degree from Clemson and her Medical Degree from MUSC. She served for eight years as an Army Doctor while married to Bill.  Connor and his family are members of Christ Church of the Carolinas in Columbia.


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