William Timmons

William Timmons
William Timmons, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byTrey Gowdy
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 6th district
In office
November 14, 2016 – November 9, 2018
Preceded byMike Fair
Succeeded byDwight Loftis
Personal details
William Richardson Timmons IV

(1984-04-30) April 30, 1984 (age 36)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
University of South Carolina (MA, JD)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Branch/serviceSouth Carolina Air National Guard
Years of service2018–present
RankFirst lieutenant

William Richardson Timmons IV (born April 30, 1984) is an American attorney, entrepreneur, and politician from South Carolina. He is the United States representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district. The district is located in the heart of the Upstate and includes Greenville, Spartanburg, and most of those cities' suburbs.

He served as a state senator in the South Carolina Senate from the 6th district from 2016 to 2018. He is a member of the Republican Party.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Timmons attended George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, where he earned a degree in international affairs and political science. He earned a Juris Doctor and a master's degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina. He is a lifelong member of Christ Church in Greenville, and serves as a first lieutenant in the South Carolina Air National Guard.

Early career[edit]

Timmons spent four years working for the 13th Circuit solicitor's office. He owns Swamp Rabbit CrossFit and Soul Yoga, and he operates the law firm Timmons & Company, LLC.

In 2016, Timmons challenged longtime state senator Mike Fair in the Republican primary for a Greenville-area district. He finished first in the primary with 49.5 percent of the vote, fewer than 100 votes shy of winning the nomination outright.[3] He then defeated Fair in the runoff with 65 percent of the vote,[4] and faced no major-party opposition in the November general election.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


2018 general election[edit]

Timmons was elected in the 2018 mid-term election to replace retiring Republican incumbent Trey Gowdy in South Carolina's 4th congressional district, his campaign slogan was "Washington is broken".[6][7] On June 10, 2018, Timmons placed second in a 13-candidate primary–the real contest in this heavily Republican district–receiving 19.2% of the vote. On June 28, 2018, Timmons defeated former state senator Lee Bright in the runoff, receiving 54.2% of the vote to become the Republican nominee. He did not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; South Carolina state senators serve four-year terms that run concurrently with presidential elections.

Timmons went on to face Brandon Brown in the November general election. Timmons defeated Brown, receiving 59.5% of the vote.[8][9] Timmons became one of the youngest U.S. representatives from South Carolina since 1972.[10]


Trump Impeachment[edit]

Timmons has shown support for President Donald Trump during the Democratic-controlled house impeachment process, quoted as saying about the whole process, "It is very, very, very broken" (referring to his 2018 campaign slogan "Washington is broken"). He followed that by saying he thinks the process will be fair in the Senate and casts the opposition to impeachment as "bipartisan".[11]

Committee assignments[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lee Bright 16,641 24.9
Republican William Timmons 12,818 19.2
Republican Dan Hamilton 12,445 18.6
Republican Josh Kimbrell 7,422 11.1
Republican James Epley 5,365 8.0
Republican Stephen Brown 5,057 7.6
Republican Shannon Pierce 2,436 3.6
Republican Mark Burns 1,650 2.5
Republican Claude Schmid 1,405 2.1
Republican Dan Albert 510 0.8
Republican John Marshall Mosser 454 0.7
Republican Justin David Sanders 352 0.5
Republican Barry Bell 199 0.3
Total votes 66,754 100.0
Republican primary runoff results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican William Timmons 37,014 54.29
Republican Lee Bright 31,170 45.71
Total votes 68,184 100.0
South Carolina's 4th Congressional District, 2018[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican William Timmons 145,321 59.57% -7.62%
Democratic Brandon Brown 89,182 36.56% +5.55%
American Guy Furay 9,203 3.77% N/A
N/A Write-Ins 244 0.10% N/A
Margin of victory 56,139 23.01% -13.17%
Total votes '243,950' '100.0%' N/A
Republican hold


  1. ^ "William Timmons". Ballotpedia. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "William Timmons". SC State House website. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=816827
  4. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=819455
  5. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=816782
  6. ^ Lovegrove, Jamie (May 5, 2018). "In crowded GOP primary to replace Trey Gowdy, conservatives vie for Trump voters". The Post & Courier. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ [email protected], Jamie Lovegrove. "SC's 7 congressmen split along party lines as House votes to impeach Trump". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  8. ^ "South Carolina Election Results: Fourth House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  9. ^ [email protected], scytl. "Election Night Reporting". www.enr-scvotes.org. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  10. ^ "William Timmons moves into Trey Gowdy's seat in SC's 4th Congressional District". The Greenville News. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  11. ^ [email protected], Jamie Lovegrove. "SC's 7 congressmen split along party lines as House votes to impeach Trump". Post and Courier. Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  12. ^ "Unofficial Results". 2018 Statewide General Elections November 6, 2018. South Carolina Election Commission. November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2018.

External links[edit]

South Carolina Senate
Preceded by
Mike Fair
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 6th district

Succeeded by
Dwight Loftis
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Trey Gowdy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Van Taylor
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Rashida Tlaib