07 Mar

SC reopening a Washington, DC, office to aid state agencies

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster speaks during Google’s commemoration ceremony for its 10-year anniversary in South Carolina Friday, February 15, 2019, at the companies data center site in Mt. Holly Commerce Park in Moncks Corner, S.C. Brad Nettles/Staff

COLUMBIA — South Carolina will reopen its Washington, D.C., office that was closed in 2010 to save money during the recession, Gov. Henry McMaster announced at a cabinet meeting Wednesday.

Jordan Marsh, political director for McMaster’s 2018 election campaign, will run the Washington office aiding state agencies in the nation’s capital.

Marsh, a former intern for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, spent two years as vice president of South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, an advocacy group that supports increased state highway funding.

He will earn $75,000 a year, the governor’s office said. The South Carolina office will rejoin other states as part of the National Governors Association in having a presence in Washington.

McMaster said the office will help South Carolina remain competitive economically and encouraged state agencies, even those outside his cabinet, to reach out to Marsh, who can help set up appointments or visit federal officials.

“Don’t be shy, we’re paying for it,” McMaster said.

South Carolina’s Washington office was closed by Gov. Mark Sanford as a cost-cutting move. His successor, Nikki Haley, did not reopen the office after the economy improved.

South Carolina is reopening its state office in Washington during a time when McMaster has an ally in the White House. As lieutenant governor, McMaster was the first statewide-elected official in the nation to endorse Donald Trump’s Republican presidential bid in 2016.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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