|From||United States of America|
|Birth||4 December 1977, Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA|
Nancy Ruth Mace (born December 4, 1977) is an American businesswoman, politician, and author who is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district. The district includes much of South Carolina's share of the Atlantic Coast, from Charleston to Hilton Head Island. In 1999, Mace was the first woman to graduate from the Corps of Cadets program at The Citadel. From 2018 to 2020, she represented District 99 in the South Carolina House of Representatives, covering Hanahan, northeast Mount Pleasant, and Daniel Island, South Carolina. Mace is the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from South Carolina.
Early life, education and career
Mace was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to United States Army officer James Emory Mace and schoolteacher Anne Mace. In 1999 she became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel's Corps of Cadets program, receiving a degree in business administration. Mace wrote In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel (Simon & Schuster, 2001) about that experience.
Mace went on to earn a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
In 2008, Mace started a consulting business called The Mace Group.
Mace worked for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in South Carolina.
2014 United States Senate campaign
On August 3, 2013, Mace announced that she would seek the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate in South Carolina in the 2014 election. She won 6.2% of the vote with 19,560 votes cast in the Republican primary.
South Carolina State House
On September 18, 2017, Mace announced and filed as a Republican to run in a special election for the South Carolina State House District 99 seat being vacated by Jimmy Merrill, who resigned earlier that month after an indictment and plea deal for several ethics violations. She received 49.5% of the vote in the November 14 Republican primary, 13 votes short of winning the nomination outright. She defeated the second-place finisher, Mount Pleasant town councilman Mark Smith, in the November 28 runoff, 63-37%.
Mace defeated Democrat Cindy Boatright in the January 16, 2018, general election, 2,066 votes to 1,587 (57-43%). She took office on January 23, 2018.
Mace defeated the Democratic nominee, Mount Pleasant resident Jen Gibson, in the November 6 general election.
In 2019, Mace successfully advocated for the inclusion of exceptions for rape and incest in a fetal heartbeat abortion ban bill that passed the South Carolina state house. In a speech on the state house floor, Mace revealed that she had been raped at age 16. She has said she opposes abortion but does not believe the government has the right to tell a victim of rape or incest they do not have the right to an abortion.
Mace co-sponsored a bill to oppose offshore drilling off South Carolina's coast. She broke sharply with President Donald Trump's plan to offer oil drilling leases off of South Carolina beaches.
The Conservation Voters of South Carolina gave Mace a 100% Lifetime rating for her voting record against offshore drilling and seismic testing. The South Carolina Club for Growth gave Mace its 2019 Tax Payer Hero Award.
In May 2020, Governor Henry McMaster signed Mace's prison reform bill, which ends the shackling of pregnant mothers in prison, into law.
U.S. House of Representatives
In June 2019, Mace announced that she would seek the Republican nomination for South Carolina's 1st congressional district, centered in Charleston and at the time represented by Joe Cunningham. Cunningham had won in an upset in a district Trump won by 13 percentage points in 2016. Mace faced Mount Pleasant City Councilwoman Kathy Landing and Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox in the Republican primary on June 9, 2020. She won the primary with 57.5% of the vote.
Mace focused her campaign on banning offshore drilling off South Carolina's coast and restoring South Carolina low country's economy. Former U.S. Marine Corps officials criticized her during the campaign for running factually inaccurate commercials implying Cunningham wanted to close Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
In the November general election, Mace defeated Cunningham. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.
Mace was one of seven Republicans who publicly refused to support their colleagues' efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021. These seven signed a letter that, while giving credence to Trump's election fraud allegations, said Congress did not have the authority to influence the election's outcome. Mace was so concerned by the hostile atmosphere Trump was generating in the District of Columbia that she sent her children home to South Carolina before the congressional vote to accept the Electoral College votes. After a rioting mob attacked the House and Senate buildings, Mace pleaded with Trump to condemn it. While locked down in her Capitol office she told CBSN's Red & Blue host Elaine Quijano, "I'm begging the president to get off Twitter."
During her 2020 campaign for Congress, Mace highlighted her ties with Trump. She opposes the Affordable Care Act, saying, "We must use any means possible to repeal, defund and ultimately stop Obamacare."
Mace resides in Charleston, South Carolina, on Daniel Island. She has two children, son Miles and daughter Ellison, with her ex-husband Curtis Jackson, whom she divorced in 2019.
|Working Families||Jen Gibson||278||2.0%|
|Democratic||Joe Cunningham (incumbent)||210,627||49.3|
|Republican gain from Democratic|