South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson, an early supporter of President Joe Biden, has announced his decision to leave the Senate more than a year early to take up a post in the Biden administration. Kimpson will be joining the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, which advises the United States Trade Representative on the country’s overall trade policy strategy. Kimpson has represented the 42nd District in South Carolina since 2013 and has been at the forefront of several debates, including the effort to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds in 2015, following the Mother Emanuel AME church massacre. Kimpson also spearheaded the successful move to require South Carolina law officers to wear body cameras.
Kimpson’s resignation makes him the latest South Carolina Democrat to join the Biden administration as the state prepares to hold the first Democratic presidential nominating contest of 2024. Kimpson’s district is home to Charleston’s Port and aerospace manufacturer, Boeing, among other businesses, giving him a unique perspective on the Advisory Committee’s work. His position in the Committee is expected to give him a prominent voice on issues of trade and negotiations.
Kimpson’s resignation from the Senate will necessitate a special election to fill his seat. Democratic State Representatives Deon Tedder and Wendell Gilliard have announced their intentions to run for his seat. Tedder, a Charleston attorney, says he will continue to fight for issues like public education, affordable housing, and criminal justice reform.
Kimpson’s appointment to the Advisory Committee is a significant milestone for South Carolina and a recognition of his expertise and commitment to public service. As a Black leader in the Senate, Kimpson has been a voice for marginalized communities and a driving force behind progressive policy change. His appointment is also a testament to Biden’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity in his administration.
Overall, Kimpson’s appointment is a positive development for South Carolina, and his work on the Advisory Committee is expected to have a positive impact on the state’s economy and trade policies. Kimpson’s departure from the Senate will create an opportunity for someone new to serve, but his legacy of advocacy and progress in the Senate will not be forgotten.