Joe Biden-Organization, South Carolina
updated November 14, 2007

Headquarters (temporary): 1122 Lady Street, Suite 705, Columbia, SC  29201
Regional Office: 137 Lowman Street in Orangeburg, SC (Sen. Biden opened on April 25, 2007).
State Director Trip King
Joined University of South Carolina's University Libraries in 2005 as director of development, special projects, with a primary focus on South Carolina Political Collections.  Served as state director for U.S. Sen. Fritz Hollings from 1990 until Hollings' retirement from the Senate in January 2005.  Upstate Director to Sen. Hollings, 1977-89.  Attended Wofford College and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in political science.  Native of Columbia, SC.
Field Director Remle Beard
(reported by Hotline On-Call April 26, 2007)  Abbeville County Democratic chair.  Campaign manager on Jack Carter's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign in Nevada.  Upstate Political Director (Greenville) on Howard Dean's 2003-04 South Carolina primary campaign.  Gore-Lieberman South Carolina state director in Fall 2000.  Executive director of the Palmetto Partnership for Responsible Gaming in 1998.  From Calhoun Falls, SC.
Volunteer Coordinator/Affinity Groups Kathy Hensley
Kathy Hensley has over 40 years of professional public service that included financial management, program management, grants administration, and legislative coordination in Federal, State and Local government, primarily in the environmental area.  She served as National Finance Manager, McCarthy for President 1968 and Assistant to the State Director, Richard Gephardt for President 2004.  She has been President and board member of a number of local, regional and national non-profit organizations and participated as a volunteer and staff member in many political campaigns at all levels in Virginia and South Carolina.  Currently, she is Chair of the Lexington County Democratic Party and was elected to a 4-year term as a Commissioner on the Lexington County Soil and Water Conservation District in November 2006.

Kevin Mertens
Upstate Field Coordinator on John Edwards' 2004 SC primary campaign (started helping out on a volunteer basis in Feb. 2003; full time staff Oct. 1).  Mertens worked on GOTV strategy for Joe Erwin's campaign for state party chairman and has been active in the Greenville County Democratic Action Committee since 2000.  He came to Greenville after 12 years on Wall Street.  Mertens grew up in Raleigh, NC and has a degree in Political Science from Chapel Hill.

Legislative Endorsements
State Senator Gerald Malloy  (District 29 - Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee & Marlboro Cos.)
State Senator Glenn Reese  (District 11 - Spartanburg Co.)   03/06/07
State Representative Jerry Govan  (District 95 - Orangeburg Co.)
State Representative James Smith (District 72 - Richland Co.)   03/06/07
State Representative Jimmy Bales  (District 80 - Richland Co.)   03/06/07
State Representative Jim Battle (District 57 - Marion Co.)   10/01/07
State Representative Vida Miller (District 108 - Georgetown and Charleston Cos.)  10/01/07
State Representative Fletcher Smith (District 23-Greenville Co.)  10/06/07

Endorsements - chronological
(announced Nov. 14, 2007)
Rev. Caeser Richburg - Pastor of Williams Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orangeburg, appointed in Nov. 2006.  Previously served an 18-year tenure leading the congregation of Allen Temple AME Church in Greenville.  Native of Sumter.
Rev. Dr. J.J. Jackson - Pastor of Israel Metropolitan CME Church in Greenville.  A native of Birmingham, Alabama.

(announced Oct. 6, 2007)
State Representative Fletcher Smith (Greenville) formerly supported Gov. Richardson

(announced Oct. 1, 2007)
State Representative Jim Battle (Marion Co.)
State Representative Vida Miller (Georgetown and Charleston Cos.)
W.B. Wilson, a member of the Williamsburg County Council
Wilhelmina Pegues, a member of the Bennettsville City Council
Steve Summers, Treasurer of Orangeburg

(announced March 6, 2007)
Spartanburg State Senator Glenn Reese
Richland County State Representative James Smith
Richland County State Representative Jimmy Bales
Pickens County Councilman Jim London
Richland County Councilman Damon Jeter
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott
Union County Clerk of Court Brad Morris
Former Chairman of Richland County Council Tony Mizell
Former Richland County Treasurer Tom Elliott
Former 1st Congressional District Nominee Randy Maatta
Former U.S. Marshal and Retired Major of the Highway Patrol Israel Brooks
Former Chairman of the S.C. Chamber of Commerce Lee Bussell
President and Chairman of Holliday & Associates Russell Holliday
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