Leaders from across South Carolina praise Warren, McKinney                                                                                   

GREENVILLE, SC – John Warren announced his choice for lieutenant governor Wednesday: Charleston businessman Pat McKinney. McKinney is a lifelong businessman, strong ally of Governor Nikki Haley and a dedicated conservative leader. You can see the announcement video here.

“I am incredibly proud to announce Pat McKinney as my running mate,” said Warren. “Pat has a lifetime of business experience, he has been a foot soldier for leaders like Jim DeMint and Nikki Haley, he has been a leader in the faith community and he fought corruption in state government. He is the kind of leader I want by my side to bring conservative reform to our state.”

McKinney’s 40 plus-year career in business included leading real estate development in Hilton Head, Charleston, Kiawah Island and Isle of Palms. He now serves on the board of directors for several South Carolina businesses. Full McKinney biography attached.

“I signed on to Nikki Haley’s campaign early on because she was a conservative reformer committed to stopping the career politicians and political insiders. John Warren is in the same mold as Nikki. I’m honored to join in his mission to take the fight to Columbia,” said McKinney.

McKinney was an early supporter of Haley’s bid for governor, joining her team in 2009. McKinney later served on Haley’s transition team, her finance team and was one of her appointees to the State Ports Authority. During his tenure as chairman, Pat led the way in challenging the corrupt practices of Richard Quinn and Associates. The Post and Courier said, “Mr. McKinney did yeoman’s work for months to get a full accounting of the public agency’s relationship with the Quinn company and other consultants. And with good reason.”

In addition to his business experience, McKinney has served his community and state for decades – including serving on the board of directors for Water Mission, Furman University, Turning Point Ministries, First Tee of Greater Charleston, the South Carolina Club for Growth, the Charleston Leadership Foundation, Palmetto Promise Institute and the Original Six Foundation.

For his decades-long leadership in business and public service, Pat was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2016.