Paul Thurmond is a proven leader who will bring common sense, conservative ideas to Columbia. In 2006, Thurmond was elected to Charleston County Council, later as Vice Chair and served on various committees including finance, planning and economic development. With a 6-3 Democratic majority, Thurmond led the fight and convinced fellow council members to cut spending by more than $19 million dollars. He also created policies that resulted in 7,000 new jobs and more than $1.3 billion in economic investment.
Thurmond forced county officials to be more transparent in revealing expenditures including salaries for all taxpayers to see. He ended taxpayer dollars going to special interest groups. He’s committed to fiscal discipline and continued transparency in government. Thurmond has successfully prosecuted hundreds of violent criminals who preyed upon our communities as an Assistant Solicitor in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
Thurmond currently is a part-time prosecutor for the City of North Charleston. He has been chairman of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, served on CARTA, the Council of Governments, the Charleston County Aviation Authority, and the Magistrates Oversight Committee and he was also elected by his peers to be chairman of the Honor Council while in law school.
A native of Aiken, South Carolina, Thurmond attended public school, graduating from Aiken High School and earning a scholarship to Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Thurmond was a four year letterman on the tennis team, achieving national ranking and serving as team captain his senior year. Every year eligible, Thurmond also received Academic All-SEC honors. Upon graduation, he worked in Washington, D.C. for Republican Senator Fred Thompson on the Governmental Affairs Committee, the watchdog group for all federal government programs. While working in Washington, Thurmond was able to spend more time with his aging father. Upon returning to South Carolina, Thurmond worked on the House Judiciary Committee under Chairman Jim Harrison and was appointed head law clerk. Thurmond received his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Thurmond was invited to complete the Riley Diversity Leadership Program, and he also taught mock trial for two years at the College of Charleston. Charleston’s largest business publication, The Charleston Regional Business Journal named Thurmond their Forty under 40 recognizing 40 people under 40 years of age who are making their mark with community involvement and professional success.
Thurmond, 36, is a partner in the Thurmond Kirchner Timbes and Yelverton Law Firm. He and his wife Katie have three young sons. The oldest is in public school and attends first grade. The Thurmonds are active members of the Ashley River Baptist Church. He is also a member of St. Andrews Rotary Club.