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Nancy Mace
Nancy Mace.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byJoe Cunningham
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
January 23, 2018 – November 8, 2020
Preceded byJames Merrill
Succeeded byMark Smith
Personal details
Nancy Ruth Mace

(1977-12-04) December 4, 1977 (age 43)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Chris Niemiec
(m. 1999; div. 2002)

Curtis Jackson
(m. 2004; div. 2019)
EducationThe Citadel (BS)
University of Georgia (MS)
WebsiteHouse website

Nancy Ruth Mace (born December 4, 1977) is an American businesswoman, author, and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 1st congressional district since 2021. Her district includes much of the state's share of the East Coast, from Charleston to Hilton Head Island.

In 1999, Mace was the first woman to graduate from the Corps of Cadets program at The Citadel. From 2018 to 2020, she represented the 99th district in the South Carolina House of Representatives, covering Hanahan, northeast Mount Pleasant, and Daniel Island. Mace is the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from South Carolina.[1]

Early life, education, and career

Mace was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to United States Army officer James Emory Mace and schoolteacher Anne Mace. In 1999 she became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel's Corps of Cadets program,[2] receiving a degree in business administration.[3] Mace wrote In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel (Simon & Schuster, 2001) about that experience.

Mace went on to earn a master's degree in journalism and mass communication from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.[4]

In 2008, Mace started a consulting business called The Mace Group.[3]

Early political career

On August 3, 2013, Mace announced that she would seek the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate in South Carolina in the 2014 election.[5] She received 6.2% of the vote with 19,560 votes cast in the Republican primary.[6]

Mace worked for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in South Carolina.[7]

South Carolina House of Representatives


2017 special

On September 18, 2017, Mace announced and filed as a Republican to run in a special election for the South Carolina State House District 99 seat being vacated by Jimmy Merrill, who resigned earlier that month after an indictment and plea deal for several ethics violations.[citation needed] She received 49.5% of the vote in the November 14 Republican primary, 13 votes short of winning the nomination outright. She defeated the second-place finisher, Mount Pleasant town councilman Mark Smith, in the November 28 runoff, 63–37%.

Mace defeated Democrat Cindy Boatright in the January 16, 2018, general election, 2,066 votes to 1,587 (57–43%).[8] She took office on January 23, 2018.


Mace defeated the Democratic nominee, Mount Pleasant resident Jen Gibson, in the November 6 general election.


In 2019, Mace successfully advocated for the inclusion of exceptions for rape and incest in a fetal heartbeat abortion ban bill that passed the South Carolina state house. In a speech on the state house floor, Mace revealed that she had been raped at age 16. She has said she opposes abortion but does not believe the government has the right to tell a victim of rape or incest they do not have the right to an abortion.[9]

Mace co-sponsored a bill to oppose offshore drilling off South Carolina's coast.[10] She broke sharply with President Donald Trump's plan to offer oil drilling leases off of South Carolina beaches.[11]

The Conservation Voters of South Carolina gave Mace a 100% Lifetime rating for her voting record against offshore drilling and seismic testing.[12][13] The South Carolina Club for Growth gave Mace its 2019 Tax Payer Hero Award.[14][15]

In May 2020, Governor Henry McMaster signed Mace's prison reform bill, which ends the shackling of pregnant mothers in prison, into law.[16][17]

U.S. House of Representatives



In June 2019, Mace announced that she would seek the Republican nomination for South Carolina's 1st congressional district, centered in Charleston, and at the time represented by Democrat Joe Cunningham. Cunningham had won the seat in 2018 in a surprise victory, winning a district Trump had carried by 13 percentage points two years earlier. Mace faced Mount Pleasant City Councilwoman Kathy Landing and Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox in the June 9 Republican primary. During her primary campaign, she ran an advertisement stating she would "help President Trump take care of our veterans", and in which Vice President Pence called her "an extraordinary American with an extraordinary lifetime of accomplishments—past, present and future.”[18] She won the primary with 57.5% of the vote.[19]

Mace focused her campaign on banning offshore drilling off South Carolina's coast and restoring South Carolina's low country's economy.[1]

In the November general election, Mace defeated Cunningham. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.[20]


Mace was one of seven Republicans who publicly refused to support their colleagues' efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021. These seven signed a letter that, while giving credence to Trump's election fraud allegations, said Congress did not have the authority to influence the election's outcome.[21] Mace was so concerned by the hostile atmosphere Trump was generating in the District of Columbia that she sent her children home to South Carolina before the congressional vote to accept the Electoral College votes.[22] After a rioting mob attacked the House and Senate buildings, Mace pleaded with Trump to condemn it. While locked down in her Capitol office she told CBSN's Red & Blue host Elaine Quijano, "I'm begging the president to get off Twitter."[23]

Mace, along with all other Senate and House Republicans, voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[24]

On May 18, 2021, Mace joined 61 other House Republicans to vote against the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, which condemned acts of hate against Asian-Americans and streamlined data collection and reporting about such occurrences. The bill previously passed the U.S. Senate on a 94-1 vote.[25][26][27] Mace said she opposed the bill because it did not address perceived discrimination against Asian-Americans in higher education.[28]

Committee assignments

Political positions

She opposes the Affordable Care Act, saying, "We must use any means possible to repeal, defund and ultimately stop Obamacare."[32]

In April 2021, Mace voiced her opposition to a Democratic proposal to grant the District of Columbia statehood, saying, "D.C. wouldn't even qualify as a singular congressional district." CNN "surmised that Mace was suggesting DC's population is too small for it to qualify as a congressional district", which would not have been true, since there are congressional districts with fewer residents than D.C.[33][34]

LGBT Rights

Mace supports same-sex marriage.[35] She is a vocal supporter of the Fairness for All Act, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-discrimination law without directly affecting religious institutions. Mace wrote an op-ed in support of the act, saying "I strongly support LGBTQ rights and equality. No one should be discriminated against."[36]

Mace was one of 31 Republicans to vote for the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act.[37][38]


Mace was one of 26 Republicans to vote for the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act. Some Republicans have called it "taxpayer funding for abortion."[39]


In June 2021, Mace was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[40][41]

Personal life

Mace resides in Charleston, South Carolina, on Daniel Island.[42] She has two children with her ex-husband Curtis Jackson, whom she divorced in 2019.[43] Mace was previously married to Chris Niemiec.[44]

On June 1, 2021, Mace's home was vandalized with profanity and graffiti. The Charleston Police Department has opened an investigation.[45]

Electoral history

South Carolina State House District 99 Republican Primary, 2017 (Special)[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Mace* 1,290 49.5%
Republican Mark Smith* 714 27.4%
Republican Shawn Pinkston 373 14.3%
Republican Jarrod Brooks 228 8.8%
Total votes 2,605 100.%
South Carolina House District 99 Special Election, 2018
South Carolina House District 99 Special Election, 2018
South Carolina State House District 99 Republican Primary Runoff, 2017 (Special)[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Mace 1,695 62.6%
Republican Mark Smith 1,012 37.4%
Total votes 2,707 100.0%
South Carolina State House District 99 General Election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Mace 8,778 62.2%
Democratic Jen Gibson 4,640 35.8%
Working Families Jen Gibson 278 2.0%
Total votes 14,106 100.0%
Republican hold
Nancy Mace vs. Jen Gibson, general election in South Carolina 99th House District on November 6, 2018
Nancy Mace vs. Jen Gibson, general election in South Carolina 99th House District on November 6, 2018
South Carolina State House District 99 Election, 2018 (Special)[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Mace 2,066 56.6%
Democratic Cindy Boatwright 1,587 43.4%
Total votes 3,653 100.0%
Republican hold
South Carolina's 1st congressional district, Republican primary 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Mace 48,411 57.48%
Republican Kathy Landing 21,835 25.92%
Republican Chris Cox 8,179 9.71%
Republican Brad Mole 5,800 6.89%
South Carolina's 1st congressional district, 2020[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Nancy Mace 216,042 50.6
Democratic Joe Cunningham (incumbent) 210,627 49.3
Write-in 442 0.1
Total votes 427,111 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

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South Carolina House of Representatives
Preceded by
James H. Merrill
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 99th district

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Mark Smith
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Cunningham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1st congressional district

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