“She is a fighter. She is strong. She is a mother. She is a wife. She’s a great professional who hasn’t just been good at anything, she’s been great at everything.”
—Former S.C. Governor Nikki Haley
Conservative. Outsider. Wife. Mother. Union-busting attorney. Reformer. Fighter. Textile worker. Successful businesswoman.
They all define Catherine Templeton.
A South Carolina native, Catherine was born in Midlands, worked, lived and went to the school in the Upstate, spent her childhood summers on the South Strand and now lives in the Lowcountry.
Her first job after graduating from Wofford College was in a textile mill in Jonesville. Catherine saw bustling shop floors around the community fall silent when American jobs were sent overseas.
Catherine wanted to protect our disappearing manufacturing jobs, so she took the money she earned and went to the University of South Carolina School of Law. For the next 15 years, she successfully fought big labor unions that tried to take money out of workers’ pockets.
Because Catherine had a long history of beating unions, Governor Nikki Haley appointed Catherine as South Carolina’s Secretary of Labor to help her protect and grow jobs in South Carolina.
While at the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (LLR), Governor Haley called Catherine “the right person” to help her defeat the Obama Administration and powerful liberal unions that were threatening Palmetto State jobs. As a result, the National Labor Relations Board and the AFL-CIO sued Catherine in federal court. Catherine swiftly won that case, allowing South Carolina jobs to grow without union interference.
She again defended South Carolina jobs by helping write the law that cracked down on hiring illegal workers.
During Catherine’s time at LLR, she cut government by 25%, reduced fees, and privatized non-government functions.
After successfully cleaning up corruption and reforming LLR, Catherine was then asked to lead South Carolina’s largest and most complex agency, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In her first 18 months, she slashed bureaucratic red tape, reformed burdensome decades-old regulations, sped up the time to receive a permit by 40%, cut $68 million from the department’s budget and refused to accept overreaching directives from Washington.
After Catherine turned two bloated state agencies on their ears, she was invited to Trump Tower during President Trump’s transition period to meet with the President and Vice President Pence. She was offered a job in the US Labor Department, but declined so she could focus on South Carolina.
Described as a “triple threat” by a member of President Trump’s team, Catherine Templeton is a committed conservative outsider who has shown she can stand up to the insiders that hold our state back. Now, Catherine is ready to apply her experience to make all of South Carolina’s government work better and more affordably for we, the people it serves.
This is the first time Catherine has sought elected office. She knows it won’t be easy. But she also understands the benefits gained by restoring trust in our government can last for decades. She especially wants to pass on that legacy to daughter McCabe and twins Cacky and Hampton, whom she’s raising with her husband Morgan in Mount Pleasant. The Templeton family is active in their community, church, and schools.
This tireless conservative outsider has accomplished a lot over the years. Catherine Templeton believes that with your support, the best victories are yet to come.