Vincent Sheheen’s South Carolina roots run deep. He was born and raised in Camden, where his family has lived for well over a century. His father, Fred, ran a print shop and served as South Carolina’s Commissioner of Higher Education. His mother, Rose, was an elementary school teacher inthe Kershaw County public schools and later served as principal of Blaney Elementary School.
Vincent has made improvement of South Carolina’s public schools the cornerstone of his legislative efforts. Before his election to the South Carolina Senate in 2004, Vincent served as a city prosecutor and a state representative. Now in his second full term, He represents Chesterﬁeld, Kershaw, and Lancaster counties.
Vincent has earned a reputation as a leader in the struggle to ﬁx our dysfunctional state government. Vincent has pushed to overhaul our tax and budgeting systems. He was the lead sponsor of a bill to setup the ofﬁce of Inspector General to root out waste, fraud, and corruption. He has won the respect of colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his innovative ideas for streamlining state government and making it more accountable.
Vincent is an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. He frequently volunteers in local elementary schools, reading to young students. The Recreation and Parks Association named him “Legislator of the Year” for his work on behalf of South Carolina’s children. He has been honored by the South Carolina Solicitors’ Association for his work on behalf of law enforcement and the state’s police ofﬁcers, and by the Wild Turkey Federation for his efforts to safeguard our natural resources. Protection of South Carolina’s precious outdoors, from the coastal marshes to the foothills of the Blue Ridge, is central to his vision of responsible government.
Vincent and his wife Amy are the proud parents of three boys: 14-year old twins Austin and Joseph and 10-year old Anthony. All three attend the same public schools that their dad did over 25 years ago. Vincent and Amy met when they were students at Clemson. They married when Vincent was in law school at the University of South Carolina. He admits to rooting at times for the Gamecocks — but never when they’re playing the Tigers.