One of the South Carolina House’s most conservative members has stepped down from his post to run for a suddenly-open seat in Congress.
State Rep. Ralph Norman, R-Rock Hill, made the announcement from the House floor on Thursday just moments after the U.S. Senate confirmed South Carolina U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney as the new White House Office of Management and Budget director. Norman, a real estate developer in his private life, had represented northern York County in the House for a decade.
“I want to apply my practical experience in business to help President Trump and the conservative members of Congress fix what is broken in Washington,” he said in a release announcing his decision.
Norman would have been allowed to keep his House seat during the upcoming campaign. Indeed, a fellow House Republican State Rep. Tommy Pope, R-York, has also announced a run for the same seat. However, Norman said he wanted to save the state time and at least $25,000 by having the special election for his Statehouse seat be held the same day as the congressional race — just in case he does win the Republican primary. [Read more…]